This southern cornbread recipe is the BEST! Make and serve with your beans & rice, gumbo, smothered chicken, or to make cornbread dressing !
An Easy Southern Cornbread Recipe!
I love cornbread, but this southern cornbread recipe has got to be my favorite! My mom served this cornbread with 80% of our meals. No seriously – if we had red beans & rice, there was cornbread. If she served pork chops and gravy, there was cornbread… And you already know if we had greens- THERE WAS CORNBREAD( c’mon that’s a must!). Still to this very day, I can’t get enough of cornbread. That’s why I have so many darn cornbread recipes!
This southern cornbread recipe is my all purpose cornbread. I serve it with everything. Beans, Collard Greens, Cabbage, Okra.. You name it. I even use it in recipes.
One of the questions that I get asked all the time, especially around the holidays, is ” which cornbread recipe should I use for dressing”, and the answer is THIS ONE!! There is no better cornbread to use, so you can stop looking around. This right here is it. It’s moist, fluffy, and just so darn flavorful! What’s my secret? Buttermilk & bacon drippings.. Honey, don’t even think about replacing the buttermilk with regular milk, or skipping out on the bacon drippings. Because if you do, you will NOT have the same results.
While you’re here, check out some of my other cornbread recipes!
CHEESY GARLIC & HERB CORNBREAD
FYI, this recipe CAN be doubled. If you double the recipe, simply use a 9×13. The cooking time will NOT change.
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Southern Cornbread Recipe
- 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 1/4 cup self rising flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 tbsp bacon drippings
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 tsp salted butter plus more for greasing
- Preheat the oven to 375 F.
- In a large bowl, sift the flour, cornmeal and sugar together .
- Pour in the buttermilk, and vegetable oil.
- Add in the bacon drippings.
- Add in the beaten eggs.
- Mix the ingredients until well combined.
- Grease a 8x8 bake dish, then pour in the cornbread batter.
- Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, and slather on 2 tbsp of salted butter on the top of the cornbread.
- Let cool.
- Serve & enjoy!
Everyone needs a good buttermilk cornbread recipe…..this one is great! Pinned. Thanks Rosie for sharing. Have a great week.
I so agree Mary! Thanks for pinning.
Janis Mccaghren says
Sorry to post under cornbread, can you show a way to cook crispy fried wings in oven. I usually clip wing from drumstick
Thank you in advance
Hi there! Try this recipe!
Virginia Smith says
I love cornbread and this is a very good recipe
Jo Ann Bailey says
I saw your recipe for chitterlings and thought I would give it a try.
Wow, this cornbread looks so good right now! I love that you added bacon drippings to it. My mom, or dad, always baked cornbread while I was growing up.
Yes! My mom made cornbread ALL the time. It goes with almost everything! 🙂
Do you use ready made self-rising flour, or do you make your own?
I use ready made self rising flour.
Lorraine BanathYasharahla says
This is a good cornbread recipe. I added just a little more sugar. I only use Raw Brown sugar. I had green lima beans, crispy turkey wings with the drumsticks, fried southern style corn, slice tomatoes,and lemon pound for dessert with whip cream on top. Pound cake made from scratch honey.
Hi Lorraine! Thanks for trying me recipe!
Delia Schenk says
Rosie, would this Cornbread recipe be good for cooking in a cast iron skillet after getting oil hot enough that cornbread batter sizzles when pouring into the skillet????? I have had success with some batter in doing it this way and some it does not work well. We like a crunchy crust on our bread. Thanks!
Hi Delia! Absolutely 🙂
BERNADINE Stovall says
Thank you for sharing. This brings bk great
memories of my grandmother cooking . She
always made cornbread. Miss her so much n her
Hi Bernadine! I hope that you give my recipe a try! XOXO
I love this cornbread recipe; however, I can never get my cornbread to brown on top. Any suggestions?
I’ve tried leaving it in the oven longer and I also tried butter and then putting it back in the oven.
Hi Jameelah. Once the cornbread is done, you can try setting the oven on broil for a minute or two, or just until it browns.
I always use a cast iron skillet when cooking my cornbread. So to get it brown on both sides when it’s just about brown enough on top I take it out of the oven and using a plate as large as the skillet I carefully flip it onto the plate. Then just as carefully put it back into the skillet (upside down) so it browns on the other side. It just needs a few minutes more. This is the way my grandmothers always did it! Love those crispy tops and bottoms!
And Rosie, I love everything you make! I’m constantly online looking up how you cook!
I love cooking and baking with cast irons as well! OXOX
I like sweet cornbread, only used jiffy mix and adds lots of sugar and butter! Will this recipe make the cornbread sweet or do I need to add more sugar!
Hi Shawn. No, this recipe is not a sweet cornbread.
Sabrina Negron says
This recipe for cornbread sounds delicious, but i was wondering if you had an alternate for people who don’t eat pork?
Hi Sabrina! I have several other cornbread recipes available 🙂
HI ROSIE does u have a recipe 4 bbq sauce without all that sugar like we know Rays.I like your cornbread recipe without all that sugar like the jiffy. U have the great recipes.KEEP THEM COMING BLESSINGS.
Hi Nickie! I only have a sweet BBQ recipe posted at this time.
Marjorie Hampton says
I love your cornbread recipe, will be using in my cornbread dressing.
Miss v says
Hey Rosie I can’t wait to try your cornbread recipe for thanksgiving. I make your old fashion dressing last thanksgiving and Christmas . I saw you have down home dressing and you use your recipe for cornbread. I am still debating if I am using old fashion recipe or downhome recipe either way I know it is going be good.
Hi Miss V! The old fashioned dressing, and the southern dressing are really similar. The down home cornbread dressing has gizzards, and stuff in it. It just depends on what you like 😀
Miss v says
Hey Rosie with down home cornbread on list of ingredients I didn’t see where you had gizzards in recipe. I saw where you had chicken but not gizzards. Do I just add it when I add the chicken .I saw it when you reply to me.
Hi Miss V, the chicken gizzards are listed within the ingredients 😀
Miss v says
Hey Rosie iam try make cornbread from strsch . when I made old fashion cornbread dressing last year I used two boxed if jiffy. I want made it with homemade cornbread recipe. I ll let you know how it comes out.
Alright, keep me posted 🙂
Do you think using powdered buttermilk will be ok?
I think you’ll be okay 🙂
I use the bacon drippings to get my skillet hot and ready for the batter. I also use honey instead of sugar.
Love cornbread with soup or chili. Thanks for your version! Can’t wait to try it.
Thanks for coming by Vickie!
I will be making the Southern Cornbread and the Southern Cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving this year but we don’t eat pork. For the Southern Cornbread, if I leave out the bacon drippings and follow the rest of the instructions exactly will it still taste just as good? Or, since we don’t eat pork, is there another cornbread recipe I should follow instead to use in the Southern Cornbread dressing?
Use butter instead of the bacon drippings.
Jalil Jackson says
Have you ever wanted to cry when the recipe you’ve followed came out so good! That is how I felt with this recipe as well! This cornbread is so amazing and I’m the type to make jiffy because I’ve never made cornbread before! I added an extra 1/4 cup of sugar and my wife thought it was jiffy before telling her where the recipe is from! Your recipes have saved me from looking everywhere else! Talk about soul food? I am now becoming soul food king through these recipes! Thank you for sharing!
Yes I know once I start eating omg I have to make my self stop best cornbread ever
I’m making cornbread for my office since I decided to bring collard greens. I do not have buttermilk, so if I use skim milk will cornbread still taste good
You can try it 🙂
Omg Mzz Rosie this cornbread is so freaking delicious thank you so much for sharing the recipe forget 5 stars it’s a perfect 10
Thanks for trying Pamela!
Today I made Coconut Curry Fried Chicken and Southern Cornbread using Your recipes. They went perfectly with My Collard Greens and Rice. This is the BEST Cornbread recipe that I’ve come across. NO MORE JIFFY FOR ME!
Thank You, Rosie,You made Me shine today!
Thanks for trying Cheri!
LaToya Sharp says
I recently subscribed and am glad to have found your blog!!! Oh my goodness I made this cornbread along with your greens, oxtails and Mac and cheese and it was delicious!! The greens were the best I’ve ever made and my son and I ate them like we were never going to have greens again!!! It was so good. Thanks for the delicious recipes.
Thanks so much for trying my recipe!! I’m working on a ton more so stay tuned. XOXO
Beverly M Young says
Loved this cornbread recipe. So easy and just right. Making today with taco soup.
Rosie I really enjoyed this recipe. It was delicious. Thank you for all your videos!
Vivian Doolittle says
I like this recipe a lot, BUT I omit the 1/4 sugar. I was raised on my mother’s Georgia cornbread and it was never sweet. It has always baffled me that people think cornbread should be sweet. It’s not a corn muffin. It’s not breakfast food. If I am going to put cornbread in my turkey dressing, you can bet I don’t want it sweetened. Try it without the sugar. You might be surprised.
Hi Rosie! For the ingredients you state that there is 2 tsp of butter needed along with more for greasing but you don’t state when to use it. Is the 2tsp of butter being mixed in with the cornbread batter? Or are we using it to butter the cornbread when it’s done baking ?
You grease the pans before adding in the batter 🙂
This cornbread recipe is by far the best I have ever made, and I grew up eating a ton of cornbread! I followed the instructions to the letter, and it is absolutely perfect. I’ll never make any other recipe!!! Thank you for sharing this.
This is not a sweet cornbread…the sugar just adds a little something. Try it exactly how it’s written and YOU might be surprised. -_-
Fantastic recipe. Perfect flavor and texture. Not cakey and not crumbly. Not sweet but not plain either, the sugar gives it something special. I’d say less than semi sweet. Thank you for yet another perfect recipe. Happy holidays 🙂
Shatieya Tanay says
I grew up on jiffy and only saw homemade cornbread for dressin. After finding your blog
“I’m now the cornbread Goat” in the family.
You keep the recipes so simple.
I want to make cornbread dressing but I dont want to use sweet cornbread. Is your cornbread recipe sweet?
Altamese Akiva says
Thank you so much for this cornbread recipe! I made cornbread the other day and it didn’t turn out so good. . Can’t wait to try this one!
Kandy Hill says
I struggle with making good cornbread from scratch. I made this for Christmas 2022. It is fantastic. It will be my Go to from now on.