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Virginia Spoon Bread

This born-and-raised Virginia gal couldn't resist sharing a classic, easy side dish recipe for old fashioned Virginia Spoon Bread!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword easy side dish, side dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 140kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 1 cup boiling water*
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk, plus 3 tablespoons, divided
  • Optional, for serving: extra butter and honey!


  • Place a medium baking dish (about 8 inches square) in a cold oven. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. The dish will warm up while the oven heats.
  • Meanwhile, stir cornmeal into boiling water. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Add salt. Dissolve baking powder in 3 tablespoons of milk. Add the baking powder mixture to the remaining 1 cup of milk. Add milk and baking powder mixture to the cornmeal.
  • Butter the hot baking dish. Transfer mixture to the buttered dish. Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes. Serve spoon bread warm from the oven!


*I microwave the water on HIGH in a microwave-safe bowl for 2 ½ - 3 minutes, or until you see the water boiling.
Serving a Larger Crowd? Double the ingredients and prepare the spoon bread in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.


Serving: 1/6 of the recipe | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 430mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1.2mg