Easy Cornbread

A quick and easy Cornbread recipe which you can make in 30 minutes! This cornbread is perfect as a side dish or even served as a sweet snack.

cornbread in skillet

What is Cornbread?

As an Australian, I didn’t know what cornbread was until one of my trips to the US. In fact, my first taste of cornbread was at a breakfast one day during our honeymoon in Nantucket. That cornbread muffin, served warm with a dollop of butter and honey, remains one of my fondest food memories.

After a few years of living and working in the US, I soon learnt that cornbread was either a cake which you could eat as a dessert (e.g. smothered with jam or honey) or, more commonly, as a side dish to a savoury meal, often a barbecue.

cornbread in skillet with knitted cloth

Why This Recipe Works

  • This cornbread takes a mere 5 minutes to prepare!
  • Bake this cornbread in either a cast-iron skillet or a cake pan, or even as muffins.
  • Cornbread is a quick and easy side dish to make when entertaining.

Cornbread Recipe

This easy cornbread recipe comes from one of my favourite cookbooks of all time, Nigella Bites by Nigella Lawson.

Her recipe is for making cornbread in a cast-iron cornstick pan, if you are lucky enough to own one. Thankfully, you can also make cornbread in a cast-iron skillet, or even in a normal cake pan.

I think there is something very warm and welcoming about bringing a large pan of cornbread (which is essentially cake) to the table for everyone to slice and share.

sliced cornbread in skillet

What to Serve with Cornbread

Cornbread is perfect served alongside so many dishes. My favourites include:

cornbread sliced in white skillet

Easy Cornbread

4.7 from 23 reviews

  • Author: Thanh | Eat Little Bird
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3 to 4
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

A quick and easy Cornbread recipe which you can make in 30 minutes! This cornbread is perfect as a side dish or even served as a sweet snack.



  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F (without fan).
  2. Grease a cast-iron skillet (26 cm/10.5 inch) with butter or non-stick baking spray. (See Kitchen Notes below for using other pans.)
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal (or polenta), flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
  4. In a measuring jug, whisk together the milk and egg.
  5. Pour the milk mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients.
  6. Lightly mix until everything is just combined.
  7. Last, mix through the melted butter.
  8. Pour the mixture into the prepared skillet (or cake pan).
  9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the top of the cornbread is lightly golden.
  10. Serve warm, but allow the cornbread to rest for about 5-10 minutes before serving (not crucial, but the cornbread will be very soft if served straight from the oven).

Kitchen Notes

Instead of a cast-iron skillet, you could also use a 23 cm/9 inch round cake pan or 20 cm/8 inch square cake pan.

This recipe makes 12 muffins which need 12 to 15 minutes to bake in the oven.

This recipe is adapted from Nigella Bites by Nigella Lawson.

All recipes on this website state temperatures for a regular oven (i.e. a conventional oven without fan). If you have a convection oven with a fan, please consult the manufacturer’s handbook on how to adjust the temperature and baking time accordingly.

To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.

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  1. Dottie 20 September 2020

    Easy and oh so good. Very moist and not too sweet

    • Eat, Little Bird 23 October 2020

      Hi Dottie,
      Thank you for your feedback! So glad you enjoyed this cornbread recipe.

  2. Jennifer Mcgrath 17 October 2020

    Love this website!!

  3. Jackie 25 November 2020

    Delicious! Will make again.

  4. Patricia 25 November 2020

    I made this on the weekend and everyone loved it. I’ll be making it again for sure on Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • Eat, Little Bird 30 November 2020

      You’re welcome! I hope you and your family had a lovely Thanksgiving.

  5. Dianne 27 November 2020

    Decided to make this at the very last minute for Thanksgiving. Success!! Loved the buttery, crumbly texture.

    • Eat, Little Bird 30 November 2020

      That’s wonderful to hear! I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving.

  6. Brad 27 November 2020

    Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfectly. Delicious cornbread.

  7. Kate 27 November 2020

    This looks like a delicious yet simple recipe. It’s a must-try and will be on our menu very soon. Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Kristen 1 December 2020

    Could you add a can of sweet corn kernels to this without altering the consistency?

  9. Jad 5 December 2020

    Our family did not like this recipe. The cornbread turned out very dry and the flavor was not what we enjoy unfortunately.

  10. Sarah 5 December 2020

    Delicious recipe! The cornbread was tasty and moist. Making it again this weekend for my in-laws.

  11. Janie 5 December 2020

    Great recipe, my family loved it.

  12. Kathleen 1 January 2021

    Yummy! Happy New Year 2021!

  13. Jan 18 February 2021

    200 degrees??

  14. Jan 18 February 2021

    200 degrees?

  15. Simon 6 August 2021

    I used a 23cm cake pan and ended up with a flat cornbread, didn’t rise what so ever.

  16. Jeanne 7 August 2021

    I made this cornbread with your chilli con carne. Both recipes were excellent!

  17. Johanna Bruce 16 August 2021


  18. Nicole 26 November 2021

    100% using this recipe again! Thank you. Was perfect! Everyone loved it.

  19. M’Lou 1 January 2022

    Even using gluten free flour, this is always my go-to cornbread recipe. It comes out great!

    • Eat, Little Bird 6 January 2022

      That’s great to hear that it also works with gluten-free flour!

  20. JBD 12 January 2022

    Delicious! If made w/polenta, it’s crunchy… so a matter of preference and mouth feel for polenta vs corn meal. We had zero problems w/dryness, baked in a cast iron skillet, and my entire household LOVED it! ( Me and hubs.) YUMM- this cornbread recipe is now my keeper (plus easy and easy to remember– one cup x,y,z, and one egg, one stick of butter, one TB bpowder, 1/2 tsp salt (a little more is ok), and 4 TB sugar (I used 2 TB bcs am NOT a sweet fan). Thank you!!!

    • Eat, Little Bird 30 January 2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this cornbread recipe! Everyone always loves it when I make it too 🙂

  21. Eve 14 April 2022

    Delicious recipe! This cornbread is so good!!

  22. Amy 4 May 2022

    Excellent cornbread recipe! The family loved it

  23. David 10 May 2022

    So simple to loved them I added a can of sweet corn

  24. Julie 12 May 2022

    Easy and delicious! I’ve made it many times now. Don’t need any other recipe!

  25. Lisa Wells 25 May 2022

    Really delicious cornbread! My family fought over the crumbs!

  26. Tamara 12 June 2022

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I have done it countless times over the past months and it is now a staple in my kitchen I wouldn’t want to miss. I have changed it slightly by substituting half of the sugar with brown sugar which I think gives it a slightly more interesting flavor. Best regards from Germany

    • Eat, Little Bird 27 June 2022

      Hi Tamara,
      I’m so glad you like this recipe! It’s also a staple in our home 🙂 I will definitely have to try with brown sugar – thank you for the suggestion! Herzliche Grüsse 🙂

  27. Tracey Saraceni 12 July 2022

    My husband loved cornbread but I’ve never mastered it…even using my Oma’s recipe.
    This was perfect and he kept going back incl at 2am for a wedge with preserves on it.
    So simple and beautiful texture. Bravo!!!