Totally random but do you ever hear a word and a certain image instantly comes to mind? Well everytime I hear the word cornbread I automatically see the cover image of the movie “Cornbread, Earl and Me?”  Ever seen that movie? It’s a classic!

Anyway, back to this cast iron skillet cornbread recipe. It’s the Go make it. Tis all.

Ha! Yall already know I can’t stop there without explaining just how amazing this cornbread bakes up.

If you’re looking for a rare, fluffy-style skillet cornbread recipe then this one is it!  The outside “crust” is rustic, buttery, slightly crisp and just melts in your mouth.

cast iron skillet cornbread recipe

The inside you ask?  Oh it’s soft and moist and has the perfect amount of sweetness to satisfy  people who prefer sweet or unsweetened cornbread, which is me and my husband. I prefer unsweetend, he has to have sweetened. I’m beginning to question his southern upbringing.

Now this is a cast iron recipe so if you go baking it in a glass dish you will get a whole other animal. Yes, it will still be good, but you just can’t replicate that rugged beauty of the crust and tender crumb of cornbread cooked in cast iron. Nope. Impossible!

This is one of my favorite cornbread recipes. Like most skillet cornbread recipes, it’s easy, basic, and quick.

You can omit the sugar or even add more. Feeling flavorful? Ok well go ahead and throw in some corn, green onions, peppers and  cheese.  Or if my son had his say, he’d tell you to throw in some hot dog slices and some honey and make corn dog bread.

NOTE* This particular skillet cornbread recipe bakes up slightly fluffy compared to traditional southern skillet cornbread recipes. If you prefer your cornbread dense and a tad dry (the best kind for  sopping up juices) then stay tuned because I got one of those  cornbread recipes coming up!!!!

Watch me make this cast iron skillet cornbread from start to finish!


cast iron skillet cornbread recipe

Get the Recipe: Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread Recipe -Fluffy Style

4.93 from 14 ratings
Golden, buttery and crisp on the outside and fluffy and moist on the inside. This southern cast iron skillet cornbread recipe is one of my favorites!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 tablespoon butter or bacon fat, for skillet
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup pure yellow corn meal, not the mix
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar *optional if making sweet cornbreadl*
  • 1 ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter-flavored shortening, melted


  • Add butter to 9 inch cast iron skillet and place into the oven.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients
  • Make a well in the center of the bowl.
  • Pour in the wet ingredients
  • Stir just until combined.
  • When oven is preheated, remove skillet (be careful it will be VERY hot).
  • Pour batter into skillet.
  • Use spatula to smooth the cornbread and shake the skillet to even out the batter.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly golden around the edges.


Omit or increase the sugar if desired
Be careful not to overbake
Cornbread is done when golden and the sides begin to pull away from the skillet.
Do not overmix. Batter should be slightly lumpy.
Making cornbread is easy, but it's one of those things that may take a lil practice if you are bread-challenged (like me)
Author: DIvas Can Cook (Monique)
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