Southern Skillet Cornbread, a made from scratch homemade cast iron cornbread, that is a low to no sugar cornbread with a light crispy shell. Use as a base for homemade chili, stew, or simply eat with honey butter for a MMMMMM, GOOOD bite every time.
A classic southern dish, cornbread has been on the table in the South for many a generation. Easy to eat alone or as an excuse to slather on a ton of honey butter, you don’t need a bread maker to pour these simple ingredients right in your favorite case iron pan and give a one pot shot to a deliciously tasty cornbread meal.
This simple skillet cornbread recipe is nothing more than flour, cornmeal, eggs and a few extras to create a simple and homemade cornbread.
The best part is this skillet cornbread can be made in just about 30 minutes or under!!
Also, this is one recipe that mainly requires stirring and then putting in the oven, so its a great recipe for kids to help with during prep.
Of course a cast iron pan heats up and stays hot, so an adult has to do everything after the oven, but its fun to let the kids mix this one up and a good source of teaching them some dinner preparation.
Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread
This authentic cornbread recipe is not overly sweet.
If you want more sweet, increase your sugar to about 1/3 cup. Or, if you don’t want sugar, omit it. Personally, I like to add my sweet in the form of jelly’s, honey and butters so I do not over sugar, but this decision is entirely up to you!
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1-1/4 cup milk
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- cast iron pan <—–this is the brand I use for mine
Can you substitute cornmeal for a box of jiffy in this recipe?
In Jiffy cornbread mix, the cornmeal and flour is already pre-mixed. But in this recipe, its all separate so you get a truly homemade recipe you will love. I do not know the measurements in Jiffy, so I would not substitute. I buy regular Martha White cornmeal.
Do you spray the cast iron pan with non-stick spray?
Once the pan is heated to 425, you can remove it and lightly cover with non-stick spray or a wipe in a little oil. Be careful, the pans are really hot at this point and contain the heat and you do not want to get burned. Spraying it will help it not stick to the pan.
How to make Southern Cornbread
Place a 10″ cast iron skillet in oven.
Preheat to 420. While oven and pan is warming, prepare batter.
In a mixing bowl combine cornmeal and milk.
Let batter set for 10 minutes.
In a separate bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and mix well.
Pour flour mixture into cornmeal mixture and mix well.
Stir in eggs and melted butter and mix until smooth.
Pour cornbread mixture into preheated cast iron skillet pan and bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cut into slices before serving.
Skillet Cornbread as a Side Dish
Cornbread is an amazing side dish and can boost any meal into a super hearty and comfort food in seconds. With down home flavors that are decadently traditional, cornbread makes a beautiful side dish and a perfect asset to the following delicious main dish recipes (and many more that you can probably think of!)
- Red Beans
- Buttered Veggies
- Any BBQ
Amazing Cornbread Recipes
If you are looking for other types of corn bread, try one of these! I mean, you can never go wrong when bread is involved, amiright or amiright??
- Sweet Honey Biscuits – Jalapeno, cornbread, and honey make a delicious savory recipe
- Rosemary-Pecan Cornbread- Full of flavor, this one is a unique take on an old favorite
- Mexican Cornbread – Serve this one up with lots of beans
- Cheddar Corn Dog Muffins – Kid favorite!