Easy Southern Cornbread Recipe with Buttermilk

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I’m Heather. I’m a Health Coach. And a mom of three. I usually write about diet, fitness, low carb, keto, and clean eating, but since it’s the holiday season and because, well, because I know life is about more than diets, I’m going rogue with some old school comfort food classics. I’ll be your Southern Cornbread recipe guide for the next, oh, I don’t know, say 5 minutes.

Before I deep dive into cornmeal and flour, I’d like to thank you for being here today. If you have a moment or 30 while the cornbread is in the oven, I’d like to invite you to take a look around my site.

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It’s up to you how you spend your time:) Either way, you’ll be glad you came because this cornbread is off the chain.

What You Need to Make Southern Cornbread

1 ½ cups yellow cornmeal
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups buttermilk
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs

Swaps & Substitutions

You can use yellow, white or blue cornmeal

If you use self-rising flour decrease the amount of baking powder to 1 teaspoon and omit the salt.

Special Equipment

You don’t need anything special to make this cornbread, but if an oven-proof skillet has been on your I Want That list – this is a grand reason to go ahead and get one!

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Southern Cornbread in a cast iron skillet

Easy Southern Cornbread Recipe with Buttermilk

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  • Author: Heather Burnett
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


This Southern cornbread recipe with buttermilk is an old family recipe that’s always a hit! Whether you use a cast-iron skillet or a cake pan, this cornbread will not disappoint! Perfect for Thanksgiving dressing or anytime you need an old school favorite. 



1 ½ cups yellow cornmeal 

½ cup all-purpose flour

1 ½ cups buttermilk

¼ cup vegetable oil 

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda 

2 eggs 


Preheat the oven to 450° and grease a 10-inch ovenproof skillet or round pan with butter or spray. 

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until they’re thoroughly combined and (pretty much) lump-free. 

Transfer batter into your baking dish of choice and bake for 25-30 minutes. 

Serve topped with butter. Enjoy! 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 145
  • Sodium: 350 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 35 mg

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