Moist, fluffy, and golden brown with crispy edges, this old-fashioned cast iron skillet cornbread recipe is easy to make! Homemade in a 12″ skillet, from scratch without buttermilk, this classic recipe will become the family favorite.
Cornbread is a classic American bread known for its unique texture and taste. It is made from ingredients like cornmeal, all purpose flour, leavening agents, whole milk, and sometimes sugar or honey.
Why Cornbread is Better in a Cast Iron Skillet
When you bake cornbread in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, you unlock the secret to the best homemade cornbread!
The even heat distribution of the skillet ensures that the cornbread cooks evenly, resulting in a tender and moist interior with a delicious buttery crust.
Cast Iron Cornbread Ingredients
You only need simple pantry ingredients to make skillet cornbread, including the following:
- Yellow Cornmeal – Finely ground corn that gives cornbread its classic corn flavor and texture.
- Flour – Helps build the gluten, and adds structure and lightness.
- Sugar – Provides a touch of sweetness. You can omit this ingredient if you prefer a southern cornbread recipe.
- Baking Powder – Makes the cornbread rise and become fluffy.
- Salt – Enhances overall taste.
- Milk – Adds moisture and richness.
- Butter – Adds flavor and creates a crispy crust when baking in a cast iron skillet.
How to Make Cornbread in a Cast Iron Skillet
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make delicious cornbread in cast iron skillet:
- Preheat and Prepare – Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and position a rack in the center. Place either bacon grease or butter into a 12-inch skillet. Then, put the skillet in the oven as it heats up.
- Mix Dry Ingredients – Combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Thoroughly mix these dry ingredients until they are well mixed.
- Add Wet Ingredients – Add the milk and butter to the dry mixture. Stir the ingredients together, ensuring they are mixed, and avoid overmixing.
- Hot Skillet – Once the oven reaches the desired temperature and the skillet is hot (about 5-10 minutes), carefully remove the skillet from the oven.
- Pour in Batter – Pour the cornbread batter into the hot skillet. Be cautious, as the skillet will be very hot.
- Baking Time – Place the skillet back in the oven and bake the cornbread until it becomes deeply browned, about 15-20 minutes.
- Cut – After removing the skillet from the oven, run a knife around the edge to loosen the cornbread. Then, let the cornbread cool slightly before cutting it into wedge pieces.
- Serve – Enjoy the cornbread hot, served with butter and honey.
Tips for Cooking cornbread in a cast iron skillet
Use a Cast Iron Skillet – Making cornbread in a skillet will give you a crispy golden brown crust.
PreHeat the Skillet – Be sure that the skillet is sizzling hot before you pour in the cornbread batter. The cast iron retains heat and this is what helps get that crisp edges and golden crust.
What to Serve With Cornbread
Cornbread pairs with various dishes making it a great sidedish to many meals. Here are some popular options for what to serve with cornbread:
- When serving chili, use cornbread as a side to balance the spiciness.
- For beef stew, cornbread makes an excellent accompaniment to soak up the rich, flavorful broth.
When it comes to comfort food, it is hard to beat a slice of warm cornbread from a cast iron pan.
Whether served alongside a steaming bowl of chili or enjoyed with a drizzle of honey, this cornbread brings warmth and satisfaction to every bite.
This is the best cornbread recipe ever, with its perfect blend of a moist crumb and crispy golden crust!
Old Fashioned Iron Skillet Cornbread Printable Recipe
- 3/4 Cup Yellow Cornmeal
- 1 Cup Flour
- 1/3 Cup Sugar – optional as I prefer to drizzle my cornbread slice with honey
- 3 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 3/4 Teaspoons Celtic Salt
- 1 and 1/4 Cup Milk
- 4 Tablespoons Butter, melted
Place a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the bacon grease or butter in a 12 inch cast iron skillet. Put the skillet in the oven while it heats.
In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar (optional), baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
Quickly add the milk, and butter. Stir just to mix.
Once the skillet is hot, carefully remove it from the oven. Pour in the batter. Bake until the cornbread is deeply browned, about 15-20 minutes.
Remove skillet from oven, run a knife around the edge and cut into wedges. Serve hot with butter and honey.
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