Skillet Cornbread (with Recipe Video)

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This cornbread bakes in a cast iron skillet and is the best homemade cornbread you’ll ever make.

The Best Cornbread Recipe - Homemade Cornbread made in a cast iron skillet

Growing up in the Midwest, I had honestly never had cornbread. I don’t think I had even ever had hushpuppies. But shortly after leaving home, I had my first taste of it in basic training in the army. I was in love.

To me, the flavor of cornbread immediately became synonymous with down-home, wholesome goodness.

Skillet cornbread is so simple and basic to make! Our family enjoys it with many meals from soups to soup beans.

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There’s nothing like the aroma of piping hot of old-fashioned skillet cornbread straight out of the oven.

skillet cornbread ingredients on a kitchen counter

To Make Skillet Cornbread you will need:

  • all-purpose flour
  • corn meal, yellow or white
  • sugar or honey
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • eggs
  • milk
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • unsalted butter
  • mixing bowl
  • measuring cups
  • whisk
  • 8″ cast iron skillet
The Best Cornbread Recipe - Homemade Cornbread made in a cast iron skillet

Watch me make this recipe in the video below:

To begin, preheat your oven to 375° (F). Place your 8 inch cast iron skillet in the oven to get nice and hot while you prepare the batter.

In a mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

You can substitute honey for the sugar if you like. If you do, you’ll add that with the liquid ingredients. See the note in the printable version of this recipe below.

whisking dry ingredients in a green glass mixing bowl

In a large measuring cup (or a bowl) combine milk, extra virgin olive oil, and eggs. Give those a whisking.

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Add the liquid to the dry mixture and stir with a fork or whisk until just combined.

cornbread batter in a mixing bowl with a whisk

Take your hot skillet out of the oven and spread a tablespoon of butter all over the inside of it. Pour & spread the the batter into the skillet.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

The Best Cornbread Recipe - Homemade Cornbread made in a cast iron skillet

This cornbread is a thing of beauty. It is moist and ever so slightly sweet. Just enough to enhance the corn flavor of the cornmeal.

The Best Cornbread Recipe - Homemade Cornbread made in a cast iron skillet

I will often have a slice of cornbread the next morning for breakfast. There’s really no wrong way to enjoy this cornbread.

The Best Cornbread Recipe - Homemade Cornbread made in a cast iron skillet

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Skillet Cornbread

Constance Smith – Cosmopolitan Cornbread
There's nothing like the aroma of piping hot of old-fashioned skillet cornbread straight out of the oven.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Quick Breads, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 262 kcal


  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 c corn meal, yellow or white
  • 1/4 c sugar, (or honey – see note below)
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, I use Redmond Real Salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c milk
  • 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tb butter


  • To begin, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Place your 8-inch skillet into the oven to heat while you prepare the batter.
  • Stir together dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • In a separate dish, whisk the eggs, milk, and oil together.
  • Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and stir with a fork or whisk until just combined.
  • Remove your hot skillet from the oven and spread a tablespoon of butter all inside the skillet. Pour in your batter and spread it fairly level.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Enjoy!


  • If you do not have a small cast iron skillet, you can bake this in an 8 inch square baking pan. The cornbread will likely bake for a shorter period of time, so check it around 15-20 minutes.
  • You can substitute 2 Tb honey for the sugar. If you do that, add the honey with the liquid ingredients.


Calories: 262kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 6gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 749mgPotassium: 123mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 214IUCalcium: 228mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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This recipe was originally written in 2016, and updated in 2022.

13 thoughts on “Skillet Cornbread (with Recipe Video)”

  1. Super easy and wonderful! I used my milled popcorn for the cornmeal and followed this recipe. My kids asked for more and have wanted this on a number of occasions since.

  2. I don’t care for sugar in my cornbread as that makes it cake. I like cracklings, pepper, onions but no sugar. Strickly country here. We were poor country folks.

  3. I love cornbread and chili with it.
    I also love Mustard Greens and Spinach with cornbread and pot roast.
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  4. Sometimes I add chopped onion, hot pepper seeds, just what ever I’m in the mood for…
    I just made it today, and I added some onion powder, garlic powder, hot pepper seeds, grated fresh cheese, I used buttermilk when I have it….and I always add a good Tbsp, or more of melted butter to the batter….the more the better :)and I only use one egg……I remember growing up and our mom and grandma both did not use eggs or buttermilk in their cornbread….just used bacon grease…..which gave it a great flavor…..but I no longer use bacon grease..I fry bacon and pitch the grease….sometimes I will crumble some bacon in the batter or either use the real bacon bits you buy in a jar….that is good too. (they say the bacon grease is artery clogging and I don’t need that…..:) cornbread and chili is great, that is what I just ate…..

  5. I bought a turkey breast and thought I’d try my hand at some home made cornbread stuffing instead of the usual Pepperidge Farm. My cornbread recipe calls for buttermilk, which I don’t have, so I’m going to give this one a try. ?

    • LOL, Catherine! I suppose that’s a matter of opinion, considering I’ve seen both sides of the issue just as adamantly insisted upon. My first experience with cornbread wasn’t in the south at all, it was in New Jersey. Truth be told, this was adapted from a recipe that I got from a southerner, and she had WAY more sugar in it. So much that it almost tasted like a cake. I think this one has a good balance, just a little sweetness for those that love sweet cornbread, but not so sweet that those who don’t wouldn’t like it. Although, I never actually described this as southern. ;)


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