Basic Cornmeal Pancakes

Fried cornmeal pancakes
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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
216 Calories
9g Fat
30g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 416mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 6g
Calcium 100mg 8%
*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.)

These cornmeal pancakes are made with buttermilk, and they are made lighter in texture with some beaten egg white. These cornmeal pancakes are essentially fried cornbread because they are made primarily with cornmeal and a small amount of flour. 

Serve the cornmeal pancakes with maple syrup or cane syrup and ham or bacon. Or drizzle some sorghum syrup over the pancakes.


  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal, unsifted

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Beat egg whites until stiff; set aside.

  3. In a mixing bowl, lightly beat the egg yolk; blend in buttermilk and oil.

  4. In another bowl, combine the flour, soda, salt, sugar, and cornmeal; blend into the liquid mixture until smooth.

  5. Fold in beaten egg white.

  6. Let the batter stand for 10 minutes.

  7. Bake on hot greased griddle until nicely browned on both sides. These cook a little slower than pancakes.

  8. Serve with butter and warmed syrup.

  9. These pancakes are delicious with fried ham or bacon on the side.

Expert Tips

Serve the pancakes with fresh blueberry sauce, rhubarb sauce, or apple cider syrup (below).

Apple Cider Syrup Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a heavy medium saucepan over medium hear; add 2 cups of apple cider, 1 cup of brown sugar, and 2 cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil, stirring. Continue cooking over medium heat for about 15 minutes, or until reduced by half to about 1 cup or slightly more. 

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