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Southern Cornbread Recipe

  • Author: cooks with soul
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


Our soul food cornbread recipe is easy to follow and yields a moist, tender crumb. It combines the rich tang of buttermilk with classic ingredients like butter and sugar for a delightful side dish that complements any Southern meal.


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cups unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with vegetable shortening, oil, or butter.
  3. Combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Stir to mix thoroughly.
  4. Whisk buttermilk and egg yolks together in a separate medium bowl.
  5. Add buttermilk mixture to the cornmeal mixture and whisk until fully incorporated.
  6. Beat egg whites in a medium bowl using a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  7. Add stiff peaks to the buttermilk mixture.
  8. Stir in oil and butter and mix to combine.
  9. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  10. Bake until cooked through and golden brown, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  11. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center. if it comes out clean, it’s ready. The center will also be solid to the touch.
  12. Remove cornbread from the oven and brush the top with melted butter.
  13. Cut into squares and serve immediately.


You can skip the step of beating egg whites to simplify the recipe. It may create a slightly denser texture, but the cornbread should still be delicious. Simply whisk the buttermilk, eggs, butter, and oil together, and then add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture.

Keywords: soul food cornbread, Southern cornbread recipe, cornbread