Homemade Cornbread

Learn how to make the BEST cornbread from scratch! With a lightly sweet corn flavor and tender crumb, it's delicious alongside a hot bowl of soup.

Cornbread recipe

If my Midwestern upbringing taught me one thing, it’s that there’s nothing better than a slice of cornbread and a bowl of chili on a cold fall night. But I’m not talking about just any cornbread. I’m talking about good cornbread, the kind that’s slightly crumbly, perfectly golden, and right on the line between savory and sweet. If you dunk it into the smoky, spicy chili, it’ll taste delicious, but it’s also tasty on its own, with or without a pat of butter on top.

This homemade cornbread recipe checks every box. Even Jack, who generally swears off cornbread, is happy eating slice after slice. I’ll always vote for pairing it with chili, but really, it’s fantastic with any soup or stew. Serve it for dinner, alongside piping hot bowls of whatever soup you like best. If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, pop them in the freezer for another day, or devour them for breakfast with a big slather of honey or jam. Let’s bake!

Cornbread recipe ingredients

Cornbread Recipe Ingredients

This cornbread recipe isn’t just delicious – it’s simple too! There’s a good chance you have all the ingredients in your pantry already:

  • Cornmeal and all-purpose flour – They make up the base of the batter. I like to make this recipe with Bob’s Red Mill Medium Grind Cornmeal. It adds some texture to the bread, but it’s not too coarse or crunchy.
  • Baking powder and baking soda – They make the cornbread nice and fluffy.
  • Almond milk – For moisture. If you don’t keep almond milk on hand, feel free to substitute a different type of milk. My homemade oat milk or regular cow’s milk would work here too.
  • An egg – It adds richness and helps the cornbread puff up in the oven.
  • Maple syrup – You can’t make good cornbread without a little something sweet! I love the combination of the corn and maple flavors in this recipe.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – I use extra-virgin olive oil because it’s what I keep on hand. If you prefer, you can use a neutral-flavored oil, such as canola or sunflower oil, in its place.
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Pouring wet ingredients into dry ingredients

How to Make Cornbread

Ready to bake? Here’s what you need to do:

First, whisk together the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another. Then, pour the bowl of wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients.

Hand using spatula to stir batter in a mixing bowl

Stir until just combined – a few lumps are ok.

Pouring cornbread batter into baking pan

Next, pour the batter into a greased 8×8 inch baking dish.

Homemade Cornbread

Finally, bake! Transfer the cornbread to a 350° oven and bake for 25 to 32 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let the homemade cornbread cool for at least 20 minutes at room temperature before slicing and serving. It’ll be tempting to try a slice right away, but trust me, the wait is worth it. After it cools, the cornbread will have a fluffier, more cohesive texture and richer corn flavor.

Enjoy!

Homemade cornbread sliced in a baking dish

Homemade Cornbread Serving Suggestions

Did I mention that this is a great recipe to pair with chili? I kid, but the combination of the lightly sweet cornbread and spicy chili is a tough one to beat. Still not in the mood for chili? That’s ok! Serve this cornbread with any soup or stew. These recipes would all be great choices:

It’d also go well with a hearty salad like my Sweet Potato Salad, Rainbow Kale Salad, or Best Broccoli Salad. And of course, you can’t go wrong by topping your cornbread with butter, jam, or honey and enjoying it on its own.

Best cornbread sliced on a plate

More Favorite Baking Recipes

If you love this cornbread recipe, try one of these delicious baking recipes next:

Homemade Cornbread

rate this recipe:
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Serves 16
This easy cornbread recipe is one of my favorite things to make in the fall! Serve it with a bowl of chili or soup, or enjoy it on its own with honey, butter, or jam.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 large egg*
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil or any neutral oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, egg, maple syrup, and oil.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 25 to 32 minutes or until the center springs back to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing.

Notes

*To make this vegan, replace the egg with 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water, and decrease the flour by 1 tablespoon.

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  1. Rose
    10.06.2020

    5 stars
    Hi Jeanine, I’ve never really been a cornbread fan (like your husband), but I decided to give this a try – you haven’t failed me yet. Delicious!
    I would highly recommend this recipe for those who may be wary like I was. Soooo good!! Thank you!!

  2. Susan
    10.06.2020

    Can I use gluten free all purpose flour instead of regular flour?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.06.2020

      Hi Susan, I think it might be fine, but I haven’t tried so I can’t be sure.

    • Jill
      10.08.2020

      5 stars
      I used Cup-4-Cup Gluten Free Flour and it worked great! And I made them as cupcakes…baked for 20 min.

  3. Hayley
    10.06.2020

    Oh I’m excited to try this! My classic cornbread recipe is very similar to this but uses refined sugar and melted butter so I’d like to try with the healthier swaps maple syrup and oil.

  4. Erin
    10.06.2020

    I’m excited to try! I make your maple cornbread muffins all of the time!

  5. Sabrina from newkitchenlife.com
    10.06.2020

    cornbread is maybe my greatest weakness, but I have to have it from time to time, so thank you

  6. Vanessa
    10.07.2020

    Hello! It’s a quite expensive to find maple syrup where I live. Have you tried using honey instead? Would I need to bake it at a lower temp?

  7. Athina Antunes
    10.08.2020

    May I sub oat milk instead of almond ?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.08.2020

      yep! Any type of milk will work.

  8. Sandra randell
    10.12.2020

    Can I add drained corn kernels to the corn bread recipe.

  9. Lola
    10.12.2020

    4 stars
    I really enjoyed this cornbread, but I will say it wasn’t quite sweet enough for me. I’m not smart enough to know exactly how to fix that without messing up the ratios. However, it was very good otherwise. If you prefer a savory cornbread, this one’s for you. Also, it was extremely easy to make.

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