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wedges of cornbread in a cast iron skillet

Easy Skillet Cornbread Recipe

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 20 wedges 1x


This easy Southern cornbread is made without sugar and baked in a cast iron skillet for an amazing crunchy crust.  You don’t need buttermilk for this recipe. This is the best cornbread to have with chili or other soul food!


  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising yellow cornmeal (250g)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (240g)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (140g)
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk (590 ml)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (112g)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Generously butter a 10-inch cast iron skillet and warm it in the oven for 5 minutes to melt the butter and to preheat the pan.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl until thoroughly combined.
  4. Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl until blended, then pour in the maple syrup, milk, and oil and whisk until well mixed.
  5. Dump the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk them together until the batter is smooth.
  6. For a lighter-textured cornbread, let the batter stand for 5 minutes before pouring into the prepared skillet.  For a slightly denser result, skip the rest time.
  7. Bake at 400 F for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the top is lightly browned.
  8. Let the cornbread cool for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.


  • It's best to use a cast iron skillet for a great crust and heat retention.  If you don't have one, just use any oven-proof 10-inch frying pan.
  • Butter the skillet well to prevent sticking.
  • Want light and fluffy cornbread?  Let the batter stand for 10 minutes before baking.
  • Slice the cornbread while it's warm, then serve with butter.
  • Freeze leftovers sealed in a freezer zip-top bag for up to 1 month.  Defrost at room temperature or in the microwave.
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: southern skillet cornbread, cast iron skillet cornbread