Cast iron cornbread is the perfect filler or side to dozens of savory dishes.

Homemade healthy cornbread squares stacked on a white plate.

Make this easy skillet cornbread recipe from scratch using only ingredients you probably already have on hand.

It’s quick, and you’ll love the flavor whether you serve it warm or cold.

Cornbread goes with so much more than the classic chili recipe. It really is such a versatile side whether you’re at a backyard BBQ or a potluck dinner.

One thing for certain; you’ll be bringing back an empty skillet at the end of the night.

Cast iron cornbread with honey and butter.

Cooking cornbread in a cast iron skillet

This cornbread recipe fits perfectly in a 12″ cast iron skillet. If you have a 9 or 10″ skillet, simply half the recipe, and it will work just fine. It will be full, but it will fit!

Cast iron skillet cornbread recipe


  • All-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Oil
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Milk


Step 1: Place skillet in the oven, then preheat to 400°

Step 2: Whisk dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Step 3: Add the wet ingredients and whisk until combined. Use a hand mixer if desired; just be careful not to overwork it.

Step 4: Remove the skillet from the oven with hot pads and lightly oil the bottom.

Step 5: Pour the batter into the skillet and bake on the center rack for 25 minutes or when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Step 6: Top with butter and honey, and enjoy!


Cornmeal can be substituted for ground popcorn.

Swap out the melted butter equally for your cooking oil of choice.

If you don’t have milk, you can use water, but you will want to reduce the cooking time to prevent the cornbread from drying out.

Cutting through the cornbread with a sharp knife.
Scooping the cornbread out of the skillet.

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Drizzling cornbread with a honey dipper.

Why you will love this cornbread recipe

  1. Simple – Made with just the essential ingredients so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family or guests.
  2. Easily adjustable – while it is a very straightforward recipe, you can easily sweeten it up with canned sweet corn or add in diced jalapenos and shredded cheese for a spicy twist.
  3. Delicious – Who doesn’t love cornbread? Serve it with your favorite meal or sneak a piece to satisfy those late-night munchies.
A white tabletop with a skillet of half eaten cornbread, honey, plate and tea towel.

Cornbread tips

Cornbread is generally pretty forgiving but if you do have issues, try implementing one of these suggestions.

Preheat the skillet to ensure the bread doesn’t stick and you’ll have a beautiful brown crust when it’s done.

What if the bread is too crumbly? This could be caused by a number of factors—a high cornmeal to flour ratio, not enough egg, or not enough milk.

How to keep the center from sinking in the middle. Baking Powder! You’ll have to play around with this one. With the baking powder as the leavening agent, not enough will keep the cornbread from rising and too much may cause it to collapse in on itself.

Do I have to use sugar? Certainly not. Make this healthy cornbread by substituting the sugar equally for honey.

Homemade Corn meal bread in a large cast iron skillet.

What should I serve with my cornbread?

Tall stack of cornbread with butter melting across the top.

Cooking cornbread at home

I hope you found this recipe helpful! My goals for this were simple, delicious, and of course, something you can proudly say you made yourself.

Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know how it turned out for you!

A few more great sides:

Homemade healthy cornbread squares stacked on a white plate.

Simple Skillet Cornbread Recipe

Laura Ascher
You'll love that this cornbread recipe is so quick to make; you can whip up a batch whenever you need some delicious cornbread!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 348 kcal


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of yellow cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup of pure granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 1/2 cup of butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or cooking oil of choice


  • Place 12" cast iron skillet on the center rack of the oven and preheat to 400°F
  • Whisk dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  • Add wet ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  • Carefully remove preheated skillet from the oven, add the tsp of oil and swirl around to coat the bottom of the skillet.
  • Pour batter into skillet and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.


If you don't have a cast iron skillet, this will fit perfectly in a 9X13 pan.


Serving: 1ozCalories: 348kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 833mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9g
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  1. “Whisk dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl”
    “Add dry ingredients and whisk until well combined.”

    Is the second statement supposed to be the “wet” ingredients?

5 from 9 votes (9 ratings without comment)

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