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Whether you like your cornbread sweet and fluffy, crisp and savory in a cast iron skillet, jazzed up with mix-ins, or individually baked in muffin tins, this convenient collection of 15 of the best cornbread recipes is sure to include a new favorite! You’ll find a classic Southern cornbread recipe, a couple of options with Jiffy cornbread mix, others with buttermilk, a couple with creamed corn, and even a spicy Mexican version. They’re all perfect alongside a bowl of chili, a succulent pot roast, a plate of fried chicken, or in a basket on your Thanksgiving table!

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Cornbread and buttermilk biscuits are staples in many Southern homes, and they’re comfort foods that I grew up with. Most weeks we enjoy both cornbread and biscuits for breakfasts or sides at dinner, which is why I have so many delicious versions to share. Today I’ve rounded up some of our favorites in one place, making your hunt for your new favorite cornbread recipes even easier!

You’ll find cornbread recipes:

  • from scratch
  • with buttermilk
  • with creamed corn
  • using jiffy mix
  • with hidden veggies
  • that are sweet
  • that are spicy and Mexican-inspired
  • that are savory and crisp
  • that are baked into muffins
  • and even a few leftover cornbread recipes!

Which will you try first?

Southern cornbread recipe in a cast iron skillet

Southern Cornbread Recipe

A classic old-fashioned Southern cornbread recipe — just like Grandma made it! With crisp edges from a cast iron skillet, and a tangy, buttery flavor (no sugar!), this easy side dish works well for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Add a pat of butter, a drizzle of honey, or a dollop of apple butter, and pair it with chili, fried chicken, fried fish, pork chops, or beans and greens. It’s a 5-ingredient Southern staple!

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Sweet Cornbread

Light, fluffy, and moist, this sweet cornbread is made from scratch with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Stir together the batter in just 10 minutes for a homemade cornbread recipe that tastes way better than a box of Jiffy mix! From chili and bbq, to roasted chicken, gumbo, and fried fish, the tasty side dish will soon become a staple on your family’s table.

Close up side shot of Jiffy cornbread with creamed corn and sour cream on a plate with honey and butter on top.

Jiffy Cornbread with Creamed Corn

Forget about dry, crumbly cornbread! This Jiffy cornbread with creamed corn and sour cream stays moist, tender, and fluffy. Each thick slice is sweetened with honey, and perfect when served with a warm bowl of soup or chili, a pot of beans, smoky greens, pulled pork, fried chicken, or your favorite grilled meats. A quick, easy, and delicious side!

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Cornbread with Cake Mix

Sweet, fluffy, and moist, this isn’t your old-fashioned crumbly Southern cornbread! Instead, making Jiffy cornbread with cake mix yields an easy, cake-like treat that pairs nicely with chili, pot roast, fried chicken, meatloaf, beans and greens, and more.

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Cornbread Muffins

These fluffy and moist bakery-style cornbread muffins are a perfect side dish for chili, barbecue, or any other family meal. Best of all, you can stir together the batter for the sweet, tender muffins in just 10 minutes!

Close up side shot of a blueberry corn muffin on a cooling rack.

Blueberry Corn Muffins

These moist and tender blueberry corn muffins are a perfect side dish with hearty chili, zesty barbecue, or a crispy roast chicken. Studded with plump, juicy berries, the slightly-sweet muffins are also a delicious addition to your breakfast table. Whip up the easy batter in about 15 minutes for homemade corn muffins that taste better than a box of Jiffy mix!

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Jiffy Corn Casserole

Jiffy Corn Casserole is an easy side dish recipe that’s ready for the oven with just 5 minutes of prep! The simple, sweet corn pudding pairs perfectly with almost any cozy family dinner. Try it with roast chicken, smoked turkey breast, grilled steak, pot roast, fried chicken, or garlic butter shrimp. It’s a crowd-pleasing option for Thanksgiving and Christmas, too!

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Old-Fashioned Southern Corn Sticks

Just like grandma’s kitchen, these old-fashioned corn sticks are a little taste of nostalgia! Thanks to the magic of a cast iron pan, the baked cornbread sticks are perfectly crisp on the outside, yet tender and moist on the inside. Slather them with butter or drizzle them with honey and serve alongside your next bowl of soup or Brunswick stew, plate of fried chicken, or pan of cozy meatloaf. The easy side dish is classic Southern comfort food!

Drizzling honey over a piece of cornbread

Secret Ingredient Jiffy Cornbread

Jazz up a simple Jiffy Cornbread mix to make a moist, flavorful and fluffy homemade cornbread. It’s an irresistible and easy side dish that pairs perfectly with any Southern supper!

Virginia Spoon Bread

This born-and-raised Virginia gal couldn’t resist sharing a classic, easy side dish recipe for Old Virginia Plantation Spoon Bread! If you’ve visited Williamsburg (or many other parts of the South), then you’ve likely enjoyed the moist, custard-like cornbread that you can scoop with a spoon. If not, then let me introduce you to this cozy treat…

Pouring honey over a slice of cornbread

Skillet Cornbread

The only cornbread recipe you’ll ever need! This sweet Southern Skillet Cornbread comes together in about 10 minutes with just a handful of pantry staples. The soft, moist bread has perfectly crisp, golden brown edges thanks to the magic of a cast iron skillet!

A slice of honey cornbread on a plate with a pat of butter

Honey Cornbread

You can quickly and easily stir together a pan of bakery-style Honey Cornbread that’s moist, fluffy, buttery, and way better than a box of Jiffy mix! With its sweet flavor and its soft, tender crumb, this is truly the best honey cornbread recipe that you’ll ever taste. Pair it with a warm bowl of soup or chili, a pot of beans, pulled pork, fried chicken, or your favorite grilled meats for an easy, family-friendly meal.

Drizzling honey on Mexican cornbread

Jalapeño Cheddar Mexican Cornbread

A classic Southern skillet cornbread recipe gets a flavor boost from diced jalapeño pepper, sharp cheddar cheese, and chopped fresh chives! Serve this Mexican Cornbread with a bowl of chili, chicken tortilla soup, or a plate of beef barbacoa. It’s zippy (but not too spicy), soft and moist with crispy edges, and perfect with a pat of butter and a drizzle of honey!

Hands serving a bowl of the best cornbread muffins

Sweet Cornbread Muffins with Brown Sugar

These moist and tender Sweet Cornbread Muffins are a perfect side dish with hearty chili, zesty barbecue, or a juicy roast chicken. Whip up the batter in just 10 minutes for homemade buttermilk cornbread muffins that taste better than a box of Jiffy mix!

Square overhead image of a cast iron skillet full of pumpkin cornbread

Pumpkin Cornbread

The perfect addition to your fall table! Tender and moist, this pumpkin cornbread is made from scratch with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Stir together the batter in just 10 minutes, and slather each slice with sweet pumpkin spice butter. From chili and bbq, to roasted chicken, fried fish, and a Thanksgiving turkey, the tasty side dish will soon become a staple on your family’s autumn table.

Leftover Cornbread Recipes

If you’re lucky enough to have some leftover cornbread on hand, use it up in one of these recipes:

Southern Cornbread Stuffing

It wouldn’t be a holiday feast without a warm, fragrant dish of Southern Cornbread Stuffing! Loaded with cranberries, apples, pecans and sausage, this easy side dish is the perfect companion for your golden roasted turkey!

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Southern Meatloaf Recipe

Classic comfort food with a Southern twist! You just can’t beat a moist, flavorful, tender Southern meatloaf recipe that brings your family together around the table. Pair the easy dinner with mashed potatoes, cornbread, collard greens, or green beans for a simple, cozy dish that everyone loves!

Cowboy Casserole with Cornbread and Chicken

Satisfy your hungry family’s appetites and warm their souls with this Cowboy Casserole with Cornbread and Chicken! Full of down-home ingredients, it’s an easy one dish dinner that’s perfect for potlucks, freezer meals, and weeknight suppers!

Layered Southern Cornbread Salad with bacon and cheese in a large glass serving bowl

Southern Layered Cornbread Salad

A simple Layered Cornbread Salad comes together in just 20 minutes, creating a show-stopping potluck dish that only looks like you spent hours in the kitchen. The decadent combination of sweet cornbread, crispy bacon, and sharp cheddar cheese is paired with fresh, crisp veggies for a salad that will add a touch of Southern twang to your next meal!

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Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. I look forward to trying your Southern recipes. I sorely miss my home in Texas as I moved to Wisconsin a few years ago following the death of my husband Victor.

    Being born and raise in Texas I definitely fell in love with Tex-Mex, Southern, Southwestern and a few other cuisines I tried while living and other states and Germany while serving in the USAF.

    Your recipes have sparked an interest in cooking again and in a way you are helping me climb my way out of this depression and non-caring slump I have been battling since Victor’s passing in February 2018.

    Thank you.

    1. Connie, thank you for such kind words. That brings me a lot of joy to know that my recipes are helping to lift your spirits. Take care! xoxo

  2. I just wanted to tell you that your Southern Cornbread Recipe is the best I have ever made and tasted and I’m a southern girl!!! I love your southern recipes and have fixed so many of them that I have lost count.

    Thank You for taking the time to share your recipes!!!

    Sincerely,

    Sheila Kendrick