Southern Cornbread

Southern Cornbread Recipe

Southern Cornbread Recipe – a family recipe passed down for generations. THE BEST! Great with chili and soups. We also use this cornbread in our Southern Cornbread Dressing at the holidays. Self-rising cornmeal, flour, eggs, and buttermilk. SO easy to make and tastes great!

Post Updated 10/20/2019

The Best Cornbread Recipe

It is finally feeling like Fall here in The Ham – I hope it stays this way! We decided to cook chili and cornbread for dinner last night. This cornbread recipe is the recipe that my Mom uses. I’ve eaten this cornbread my whole life. It is simple and really good. My Mom uses this cornbread in her dressing (best ever) for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

How to Make Southern Cornbread From Scratch

This Southern Cornbread is super easy to make. Start by putting some oil in a small cast-iron skillet. Place the skillet in the oven and then preheat the oven. While the oven is preheating make the cornbread batter by combining self-rising cornmeal, flour, eggs, and buttermilk. When the oven has preheated, remove the skillet and pour the batter into the hot skillet. Place the skillet back in the oven and bake.

If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, you can make this Southern Cornbread in a square baking dish or in a 9-inch cake pan. Sometimes I make the cornbread in a cast-iron cornbread stick pan.

I used White Lily Buttermilk White Corn Meal Mix. If you can’t find White Lily, any self-rising cornmeal will work. Please note that this recipe does not use Jiffy Mix.

How Long with Cornbread Last? 

This Southern Cornbread will keep 1 to 3 days in an airtight container. I usually put the cornbread in a ziplock bag and store it on the counter. You can refrigerate the cornbread, but it isn’t necessary. I always make my cornbread a couple of days in advance when I am making dressing for the holidays.

What Goes With Cornbread? 

We make this easy Southern Cornbread all the time. It goes with just about everything! Soups, stews, chili, grilled chicken and pork. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this Southern Cornbread:

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quick, easy, simple, best, no sugar, no jiffy mix, dressing, stuffing, thanksgiving, christmas
Bread, Side Dish
American, Southern
Yield: serves 6 to 8

Southern Cornbread Recipe

prep time: 10 minscook time: 30 mins total time: 40 mins
Southern Cornbread Recipe – a family recipe passed down for generations. THE BEST! Great with chili and soups. We also use this cornbread in our Southern Cornbread Dressing at the holidays. Self-rising cornmeal, flour, eggs, and buttermilk. SO easy to make and tastes great!


  • 1 cup self-rising cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil


  1. Pour oil into a 9-inch iron skillet. Place skillet in oven. Heat oven to 425ºF with skillet inside.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients. The batter should be the consistency of waffle batter. Add more buttermilk if necessary.
  3. Once the oven is preheated, remove skillet and pour in the batter. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.


I used White Lily Buttermilk Self-Rising white cornmeal.
Can bake the cornbread in a square pan, round cake pan, or in a muffin pan.


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  1. Stephanie, The recipe said 1 cup self rising cornmeal and 1/2 cup of flour. Should it be 1 cup of cornmeal and a 1/2 cup of self rising flour?

  2. We don't have selfraising cornmeal in my country i live in. ( the Netherlands, Europe ) Can i use regular with adding some bakingpowder and salt myself? I know it's many years after you put this recipe on, but i got recent my first slowcooker and found the recipe of your chili for the slowcooker and you had a link to this cornbread attached to it. That's why my late reaction. And i appologize for any language mistakes i may have made, but english's not my speaking language. That's Dutch. Thanks in advance for answering. Will you send your answer by mail? [email protected]. Thank you very much.

  3. Hey!!! I hope you'll see this comment since it's way after the original post date but I was just wondering what brand of self rising cornmeal you use? I'm here in Birmingham too (at the risk of sounding like a lunatic I swear if I ever met you I would probably act like you were a celebrity because to me you are!!) so I am sure I can get the kind you use. I am getting married in March and this is my first Thanksgiving where I'm preparing the whole meal at our house…I although his family loves me I still want to impress them, so of course I'm using as many of your recipes as possible because I follow your blog (obviously ????) and everything I've ever made of yours my fiancé just RAVES about! And since the dressing is my favorite thing as well I've made the executive decision to use yours this year! I am not sure if you can post what brand you use so if you can't my email address is [email protected]

    Thank you so much!!!

  4. I use self rising in both corn meal,and flour. I always heat my case Iron skillet before I pour my batter in to it. I would oil my skillet then heat it on the stove. I have made my corn bread on top of the stove when my oven quiet working in the middle of baking. It was still just as good.

    1. Do you have a metal pan? I've made muffins in a metal muffin pan before. I've never made it in a glass pan. I think the glass pan could shatter with the hot oil and cold batter.

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