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Southern Cornbread

This Southern Cornbread recipe is hot, buttery, and delicious. Made in a cast iron skillet and is perfect with a bowl of chili or in cornbread dressing.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cornbread
Servings: 8
Calories: 269kcal


  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 2 cups self-rising white corn meal
  • 1 ⅓ cups buttermilk or whole milk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Use a medium size cast iron skillet and rub evenly with the shortening. Place in the oven to heat while it is preheating.
  • Using a medium bowl, whisk together the cornmeal. buttermilk (or milk), egg, and vegetable oil until combined.
  • Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and pour in the cornbread mix.
  • Place in the oven to bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and while hot use a fork to spread the butter evenly over the top to melt.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes and serve warm.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1.6mg