Try These Cornbread Recipes

Cornbread is a staple in the South. Here are twenty of my favorite recipes, including hot and spicy versions, muffins, fried cornbread, classic buttermilk cornbread, hush puppies, and more.

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    Tex-Mex Cornbread

    Tex-Mex Cornbread
    Diana Rattray

    Cream-style corn, chile peppers, and shredded cheese help to make this a moist and delicious cornbread, perfect to serve with beans, a bowl of chili, or a hearty soup or stew. A cast iron skillet makes the best crust, but a heavy baking pan can be used as well.

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    Southern Corn Light Bread

    Tennessee Corn Light Bread
    Tennessee Corn Light Bread. Diana Rattray

    This Tennessee cornbread isn't low in calories or fat, but the texture is lighter than a typical Southern cornbread. It's an old-fashioned regional favorite.

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    Classic Southern Buttermilk Cornbread

    Southern buttermilk cornbread

    The Spruce


     This is an excellent choice if you're looking for a basic buttermilk cornbread to serve with beans, greens, or a big bowl of chili. Or make a pan to use for stuffing.

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    Pumpkin Corn Muffins

    Pumpkin Corn Muffins
    Pumpkin Corn Muffins. Diana Rattray

     Use a little sugar in these muffins or cut back to make a less sweet muffin to go with chili or beans. The pumpkin in the mixture makes them moist and tasty.

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  • 05 of 20

    Maple and Bacon Cornbread

    Maple Bacon Cornbread Image by Diana Rattray
    Maple Bacon Cornbread. Maple Bacon Cornbread

     This fabulous cornbread is sweetened with a little maple syrup, in the batter and in the glaze. Bacon makes it the perfect breakfast cornbread, but it would also be a nice bread to serve with beans.

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    Cornbread With Cream-Style Corn

    buttermilk corn bread

    The Spruce


     Cream style corn gives this buttermilk cornbread wonderful moisture and texture along with the natural sweetness of the corn.

  • 07 of 20

    Rich Southern Spoonbread With Polenta or Grits

    Spoonbread with Polenta
    Spoonbread with Polenta and Butter. Photo: Diana Rattray

    Stone ground cornmeal and coarser grits or polenta are added to the batter for this rich and delicious southern spoonbread recipe. Beaten egg whites give this spoonbread a light, souffle-like appearance right out of the oven.

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    Broccoli Cornbread

    Broccoli Cornbread
    Broccoli Cornbread. Diana Rattray

    This moist cornbread is made with broccoli and a Jiffy corn muffin mix. 

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  • 09 of 20

    Buttery Buttermilk Cornbread with Corn Kernels

    Cornbread with Corn Kernels
    Cornbread with Corn Kernels in a Cast Iron Skillet. Diana Rattray

    Corn kernels give this moist buttermilk cornbread extra texture and flavor.

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    Cheese Cornbread Muffins

    Cheese Cornbread Muffins
    Cheese Cornbread Muffins. Diana Rattray

    These golden corn muffins are moist and cheesy. Serve the muffins with beans or chili.

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    Moist Sour Cream Cornbread Muffins

    sour cream cornbread muffins
    Diana Rattray

    These cornbread muffins are lightly sweetened with honey. The sour cream and butter give them fabulous texture and flavor.

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    Everyday Cornbread

    Everyday Cornbread
    Diana Rattray

     This easy everyday cornbread is the perfect accompaniment to beans, chili, and greens. It also makes a great cornbread for cornbread dressing.

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    Honey-Buttermilk Cornbread

    Honey Buttermilk Cornbread
    Diana Rattray

     Buttermilk, honey, and melted butter make this cornbread moist and flavorful. And the honey helps it brown nicely.

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    Southern-Style Cornbread

    Southern style skillet corn bread

    The Spruce


     To sweeten or not to sweeten. A Southern cornbread is usually made without any sweetener, but some people do choose to sweeten their cornbread. 

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    Mexican Cornbread with Cream Style Corn and Peppers

    The Spruce 

     This moist buttermilk cornbread includes chopped peppers, corn, and shredded cheese.

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    Butternut Squash Cornbread

    Butternut Squash Cornbread
    Diana Rattray

     Mashed butternut squash adds moisture and flavor to this delicious cornbread.

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    Maple and Bacon Cornbread Muffins

    Maple and Bacon Cornbread Muffins
    Diana Rattray

     Maple syrup and bacon team up in these cornbread muffins. This is a great breakfast muffin, or serve them with beans or chili.

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    Flo's Easy Mexican Cornbread

    Flo's Mexican Cornbread
    Diana Rattray

    This easy Mexican cornbread is filled with shredded cheddar cheese and mild chile peppers.

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    Beer Batter Hush Puppies

    Beer Batter Hush Puppies
    Diana Rattray

     Hush puppies are crisp fried cornmeal fritters traditionally served with fried catfish. They would be great with beans and greens as well.

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    The Spruce

     These corn cakes are delicious rounds of fried cornbread.