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Cornbread Dressing Recipe

  • Author: cooks with soul
  • Total Time: 1.5 hours
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish, thanksgiving
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american, southern


This cornbread dressing recipe is a true soul food comfort that’s as rich in tradition as it is in taste. It features a blend of moist cornbread and a medley of aromatic veggies like celery, onion, bell peppers, and green onions. 


  • Nonstick cooking spray (or vegetable oil)
  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease, lard, or neutral oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 1 10.5-ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 10.5-ounce can cream of celery soup
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 batch cornbread, baked and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, plus up to ½ cup more if needed

Special Equipment and Tools

  • Large Mixing Bowl: For combining the ingredients.
  • Baking Dish: A standard 9×13-inch baking dish works perfectly for baking the dressing.
  • Skillet: To sauté the vegetables, you’ll need a large skillet. A non-stick skillet or a cast-iron skillet works well.
  • Knife and Cutting Board: For chopping and dicing the vegetables, parsley, and green onions.
  • Mixing Spoon or Spatula: To mix and combine the ingredients in the bowl.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set it aside.
  2. Melt bacon grease in a large pan on medium-high heat.
  3. Add onions, bell peppers, and celery; stirring until the veggies become soft, about 5-6 minutes. Then, remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Mix together cream of mushroom and celery soups in a large bowl, along with pepper, sage, and poultry seasoning.
  5. Stir in cooked vegetables and crumble cornbread into the bowl, making pieces about ½ to ¾ inches in size.
  6. Slowly add chicken broth until mixture is moist but not overly wet. Add a bit more if you like it really moist. Spread this mixture in the prepared baking dish.
  7. Bake the dressing in oven until it turns lightly brown, about 50-55 minutes.
  8. Allow it to cool a bit before serving.


This is a Yummly original recipe created by Marrekus and Krysten Wilkes of Cooks with Soul that has been upgraded and adapted for this website.

Keywords: cornbread dressing, thanksgiving, african american cornbread dressing, soul food