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buttermilk skillet cornbread in black cast iron skillet

Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread

  • Author: Quin
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Southern


This skillet cornbread is true to its Southern roots; rich, decadent, warm and buttery. Grab your cast iron skillet and make this sweet + salty cornbread to accompany your next dinner.


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups whole buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place a 10-inch cast iron skillet in the oven to preheat as well.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together. Whisk the dry ingredients very well to thoroughly combine and then set the bowl aside.
  3. In another medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, honey, and eggs together. Whisk the wet ingredients super well to combine. 
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the cornmeal/flour mixture and use a rubber spatula to mix together until just combined. Be careful not to over mix to avoid super tough/dense cornbread! 
  5. Pour in the 1/2 cup melted butter and use the same rubber spatula to fold the melted butter into the batter, again, until just combined without over mixing.
  6. Use oven mitts to carefully take the preheated skillet out of the oven. Baste the skillet with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and use a pastry brush (or something similar) to brush the butter all over the bottom and up the sides of the cast iron skillet.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepped skillet (you should be able to see/hear the batter sizzling as it hits the preheated skillet due to the skillet being hot) and use an offset spatula to smooth the top.
  8. Bake the cornbread until set, about 20-25 minutes. Once done, top with more butter, if desired. Slice the cornbread into wedges and serve warm. Enjoy!


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Keywords: cornbread, southern