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Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread Recipe – Crispy golden edges made with buttermilk and a buttery crumb filled center. The ultimate southern comfort food is simple to make and simply delicious.

A close-up of a pan of cornbread.

For as long as I can remember we have eaten cornbread in my family. I think some of my first memories are from being gathered around my granny’s table in her tiny house house filled with family.

We would sit on her front porch swing and shell peas while we rocked back and forth on that swing. She often made fried hot water cornbread to go with those peas. I can almost taste those memories right now.

But when I don’t want to spend time frying those bites of heaven, I always turned to this cast iron skillet recipe. It is just as delicious. It comes out with the most amazing crunchy edges while the center has the most tender crumbly buttery goodness you ever bit into. It is one that found its way into my kitchen time and time again

In the south cornbread really is a staple food. And most of these times can be easily pulled from staple items in the fridge and pantry. The one exception may be buttermilk, but there is a trick if you don’t have it in your fridge. I use it often in baking and cooking so most of the time I have some around. It’s easy to create your own if not.

Ingredients needed for skillet Cornbread recipe

  • yellow cornmeal
  • all purpose flour
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • buttermilk
  • whole milk
  • butter
  • vegetable shortening
A close-up of cornbread with a slice removed and butter on the top.

How to make a quick and easy buttermilk substitute

  • 1 scant cup of whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar or fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Give them a stir and let them stand at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes.

The Key to delicious Southern cornbread

Don’t over stir your batter. Just blend it until it is just combined. A few lumps are A OK in this recipe. This keeps it light and fluffy and gives it a crumbly texture that you want in cornbread!

Do you Like Thin and Crispy or Thick & Fluffy Cornbread?

To make you cornbread nice and thin and crispy just use a larger cast iron skillet. You will see in the below picture mine is rather thin. We love ours this way. I use a 12 inch cast iron skillet.

In order to get a standard thickness I recommend a 10 inch skillet. It comes as just right like mamma bear would say.

For a fluffier or thicker cornbread go for a 9 or 8 inch skillet.

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Skillet Cornbread Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Nikki Lee
Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread Recipe - Crispy golden edges made with buttermilk and a buttery crumb filled center. The ultimate southern comfort food is simple to make and simply delicious.


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • In a large bowl combine cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Add in buttermilk, milk, and egg and stir until combined.
  • Pour melted butter into batter and stir until combined.
  • Place cast iron skillet on stovetop over medium high heat and melt vegetable shortening.
  • Pour batter into skillet. It should be hot and make a sizzling sound. Let the batter cook a minute to allow the outsides edges to get nice and crispy.
  • Bake for 15 to 25 minutes until golden brown (varies by skillet size).



The size of skillet will determine the thickness and cook time.
We like a thin cornbread, so I bake in a 12 inch skillet for 15 to 20 minutes. Use a 10 inch for a standard thickness for approx 20 minutes or for an 8 inch for an extra thick cornbread approximately 25 minutes.
Oven temperatures often vary, so adjust accordingly to yours.
Preheat Skillet in Oven Option
If you do not want to heat on stovetop, you can also get skillet hot in oven while preheating. Then pour batter in hot skillet. I find the edges come out crispier when doing on the stovetop, but it is delicious either way.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1slice Calories: 129kcal (6%) Carbohydrates: 14g (5%) Protein: 3g (6%) Fat: 7g (11%) Saturated Fat: 4g (25%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 29mg (10%) Sodium: 435mg (19%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 1g (1%)

Nutritional Disclaimer

Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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    1. Hot water cornbread is so so good! I love how easy this skillet one is though! Thank you so much Carlee!