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slices of buttermilk cornbread in cast iron pan
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📋Easy Buttermilk Cornbread

This southern style buttermilk cornbread is quick bread you can make in minutes. It’s buttery, fluffy interior with delicious crunchy crust. Easy to make. A perfect side dish for soups, stews and chili’s. Unlike other cornbread, this buttermilk cornbread is not too sweet and has amazing flavors in the bite from brown butter.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: bread, Christmas, Side Dish, Sides, Thanksgiving
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 286kcal


  • 1 ½ cup cornmeal or polenta
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 cups reduced fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tablespoon butter melted browned (for extra flavor), divided


  • Pre-heat oven at 425F.
  • In a wide bowl add cornmeal, all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder.
  • In another bowl mix buttermilk, egg, sugar and 3 tablespoon of melted brown butter.
  • Pour wet mix into flour mix and stir using rubber spatula. Do not over work the batter.
  • Add remaining butter to hot cast iron pan.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet in oven until hot.
  • Carefully scoop cornbread batter into hot cast iron pan and spread it evenly. Cast iron skillet will be hot and have a sizzle when you add the batter.
  • Place into oven and bake for 20 - 30 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center of the skillet comes out clean.
  • Let it cool for 5 minutes.
  • Slice and serve warm with butter and honey if preferred.



  1. Cornbread tastes best when made in cast iron skillet. You’ll love the way it looks, makes brown crust and keeps warm while serving.
  2. It’s absolutely important to heat cast iron pan before you add the batter. Heat butter in it for added advantage. It not only greases the skillet, helps form beautiful brown crusty edges on the bread.
  3. Melt butter until brown before you use in the recipe. This is optional step but highly recommend you don’t skip. Brown butter adds rich amazing flavors to the bread.
  4. If you are looking for true southern style buttermilk cornbread recipe just like grandma used to make, leave out the sugar. If you love sweet cornbread for breakfast or as side dish feel free to double the sugar in the cornbread recipe.
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 367mg | Potassium: 415mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 2mg