Cornbread With Fresh or Frozen Sweet Corn

Corn bread recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 9 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
248 Calories
11g Fat
33g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 9
Amount per serving
Calories 248
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 489mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 5g
Calcium 150mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cornbread is easy enough to make and appreciate for its simplicity, as it's comprised of basic ingredients such as cornmeal, flour, eggs, butter, sugar, and milk. However, you can also think of it as a template you can customize to your tastes by adding and subtracting ingredients that pair well with corn.

But one of the easiest ways to jazz up a basic cornbread is by adding sweet corn, which creates more layers of that sweet and sunny flavor.

Fresh corn is always best if it's in season, cut straight off the cob, but frozen is nearly as good. Just let the corn thaw and then drain it completely, patting dry if needed. Canned corn also works in a pinch, too, as long as you drain it thoroughly before mixing it into the batter.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (sifted)
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/4 cup butter (or shortening, melted), plus extra for greasing the dish
  • 1/2 cup sugar (optional if you prefer unsweetened cornbread)
  • 1 cup sweet corn (fresh, thawed, or canned; drained well)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for corn bread
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  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Thoroughly grease a 9 x 9-inch baking dish.

    Grease pan
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  3. Sift together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt.

    Sift flour
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  4. Combine the half-and-half, eggs, butter (or shortening), and sugar.

    Combine half and half
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  5. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ones and mix just until the flour is moistened, no more than 10 to 15 seconds. Then fold in the corn, but don't overmix the batter or your cornbread will be too tough.

    Fold in corn
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  6. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake the cornbread immediately.

    Pour in pan
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  7. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cornbread comes out clean and the edge of the cornbread starts to separate from the pan. Cut into slices or squares. Serve and enjoy.

    Corn bread
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What Can I Substitute for Milk in Cornbread?

If you don't have any dairy—milk or half-and-half—here are some options. The texture and taste may be slightly different from what you are accustomed to, but as long as the ingredient has some fat and some liquid, it can work. Use the same amount of these liquids as you would the milk.

  • Water and 1 1/2 tablespoons extra butter
  • Soy, almond, oat, or other nondairy, plant-based milk can be used. Coconut milk would lend a subtle tropical flavor to the cornbread.
  • Thinned-out plain yogurt or sour cream adds some tang and richness.

Tips

  • You can mix up the dry ingredients and the liquid ingredients and hold them separately for a few hours. But once you've combined the dry with the wet, it's best to get the batter in the pan and bake as soon as possible.
  • When greasing your baking pan, don't do it too early in the process, or the shortening can melt and pool at the bottom of the pan.
  • You don't need to flour your baking pan. Using butter, shortening, or plain cooking spray is sufficient.

Recipe Variations

  • To add a bit of zest to your cornbread, stir in one or two finely diced fresh green chiles (such as Anaheim or poblano) or about 1/4 cup of canned diced green chiles.
  • You can also use melted bacon fat in place of some or all of the butter. For that matter, crumbled bacon would also be a welcome addition to this recipe.
  • If you want to make muffins instead of cornbread in a loaf pan, they'll cook more quickly, so start checking them after 18 minutes or so. When the edges pull away and a toothpick comes out dry, they're done.
  • If you're following a low-carb diet, this keto cornbread recipe will work for you.