Southern Corn Sticks

Southern Corn Sticks

The Spruce / Karen Hibbard

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 18 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
85 Calories
4g Fat
11g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 18
Amount per serving
Calories 85
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 215mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 61mg 1%
*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.)

Corn sticks are a tasty and fun alternative to muffins or cornbread. A nostalgic Southern recipe, corn sticks (also called cornbread sticks) take the shape of ears of corn, thanks to the special cast-iron molded pan that the batter is poured into and baked. The mixture of cornmeal, flour, baking powder and soda, egg, milk, and a little sugar, if desired, is similar to cornbread and corn muffins; this recipe, however, includes baking soda which helps create an airy texture and causes the corn sticks to puff up and rise.

The cast iron corn stick mold can be found at kitchen supply stores as well as online, and is also sometimes a common item at tag sales and in antique stores. Many families pass down their corn stick pans from generation to generation. The elongated pan has either six or seven indentations that look like corn on the cob, so when the corn sticks are baked, one side has the appearance of corn kernels.

Buttering the pan and then placing it in the oven to heat before adding the batter makes for a corn stick that is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. There is enough batter to make a little more than two batches of corn sticks. This Southern classic goes great with any hearty soup, stew, or bean dish.


  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon sugar, optional

  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten

  • 1 1/4 cups milk

  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted, or vegetable oil

  • Butter, melted, for brushing finished corn sticks, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Southern Corn Sticks ingredients

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  2. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Grease the corn stick pan with oil and place in the oven while making the batter.

    oil corn pan

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  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; stir to blend. If you like your cornbread a little sweet, add the 1 tablespoon of sugar. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and melted butter or oil; add this to the dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

    batter in a bowl

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  4. Spoon the batter into the preheated corn stick pan, filling each mold about 3/4 full. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

    batter in corn molds

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  5. Let cool for 5 minutes, then carefully remove the corn sticks from the pan. Brush with melted butter, if desired. Repeat with the remaining batter.

    Southern Corn Sticks

    The Spruce / Karen Hibbard


If you don't have a corn stick pan, this recipe should make about 12 muffins baked in greased muffin cups. Bake at the same temperature for 20 to 25 minutes.