Southern Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread

AKA Hazel’s Cornbread. This is the best southern buttermilk skillet cornbread you’ll ever eat. Period. This is actually my Granny’s famous recipe. It’s so savory with the crisp, crunchy layer on the bottom. The skillet is essential. You’ll heat your skillet first. Make your batter. Dust the bottom of your hot skillet in cornmeal then pour in your batter. The batter will then essentially fry the bottommost layer of the cornbread, creating a perfectly hard crust all along the bottom. This cornbread is so good to eat with any comfort dish or just by itself. Read along to see my Granny’s famous cornbread recipe!

This is the best southern buttermilk skillet cornbread you'll ever eat. Period. This is actually my Granny's famous recipe. It's so savory with the crisp, crunchy layer on the bottom. The skillet is essential. You'll heat your skillet first. Make your batter. Dust the bottom of your hot skillet in cornmeal then pour in your batter. The batter will then essentially fry the bottommost layer of the cornbread, creating a perfectly hard crust all along the bottom. This cornbread is so good to eat with any comfort dish or just by itself. Read along to see my Granny's famous cornbread recipe!

Equipment You Will Need

Like I said above, the essential component of this recipe is the cast iron. I have the 10-inch square one by Lodge. My Granny actually gifted me it when I moved to college and got an apartment. They all usually come pre-seasoned, but she still seasoned it herself too. I find that the square ones are hard to find so I linked some above.

This is the best southern buttermilk skillet cornbread you'll ever eat. Period. This is actually my Granny's famous recipe. It's so savory with the crisp, crunchy layer on the bottom. The skillet is essential. You'll heat your skillet first. Make your batter. Dust the bottom of your hot skillet in cornmeal then pour in your batter. The batter will then essentially fry the bottommost layer of the cornbread, creating a perfectly hard crust all along the bottom. This cornbread is so good to eat with any comfort dish or just by itself. Read along to see my Granny's famous cornbread recipe!

Ingredients You Will Need

Dry Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups Yellow Corn Meal
  • 0.5 cups Flour
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 0.5 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Sugar

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 Egg
  • 0.5 cup Oil (I used light tasting olive oil)
  • 1.5 cups Buttermilk
This is the best southern buttermilk skillet cornbread you'll ever eat. Period. This is actually my Granny's famous recipe. It's so savory with the crisp, crunchy layer on the bottom. The skillet is essential. You'll heat your skillet first. Make your batter. Dust the bottom of your hot skillet in cornmeal then pour in your batter. The batter will then essentially fry the bottommost layer of the cornbread, creating a perfectly hard crust all along the bottom. This cornbread is so good to eat with any comfort dish or just by itself. Read along to see my Granny's famous cornbread recipe!

Step by Step How to Make This Southern Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread

Ok. I’m writing his word for word how it is in my family cookbook per my Gran. The true recipe title is “Hazel’s Cornbread.” That’s what it will always be to me too.

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Preheat cast iron skillet with a generous amount of oil. Skillet needs to be HOT!

Step 2

Beat egg and add buttermilk and oil. Then add meal flour baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Mix well and pour into preheat skillet with meal sprinkled in the bottom first. Bake for about 20 minutes.

You want the batter to almost fry on the outside as your pour it into the hot skillet.

This is the ONLY cornbread recipe you will ever need. It serves as the base to Granny’s cornbread dressing! (Recipe to come later)

This is the best southern buttermilk skillet cornbread you'll ever eat. Period. This is actually my Granny's famous recipe. It's so savory with the crisp, crunchy layer on the bottom. The skillet is essential. You'll heat your skillet first. Make your batter. Dust the bottom of your hot skillet in cornmeal then pour in your batter. The batter will then essentially fry the bottommost layer of the cornbread, creating a perfectly hard crust all along the bottom. This cornbread is so good to eat with any comfort dish or just by itself. Read along to see my Granny's famous cornbread recipe!

This recipe will go perfect with…

Here are a few of my recipes that I serve my granny’s cornbread recipe with. I personally like to mix it all in. That’s just me. You could totally eat it on the side.

Southern Buttermilk Skillet Cornbread

AKA Hazel's Cornbread. This is the best southern buttermilk skillet cornbread you'll ever eat. Period. This is actually my Granny's famous recipe. It's so savory with the crisp, crunchy layer on the bottom. The skillet is essential. You'll heat your skillet first. Make your batter. Dust the bottom of your hot skillet in cornmeal then pour in your batter. The batter will then essentially fry the bottommost layer of the cornbread, creating a perfectly hard crust all along the bottom. This cornbread is so good to eat with any comfort dish or just by itself. Read along to see my Granny's famous cornbread recipe!
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 25 minutes
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

Dry Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups Yellow Corn Meal
  • 0.5 cups Flour
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 0.5 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
Wet Ingredients
  • 1 Egg
  • 0.5 cup Oil (I used light tasting olive oil; I've also used Canola Oil. Just whatever you have.)
  • 1.5 cups Buttermilk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Preheat cast iron skillet with a generous amount of oil. Skillet needs to be HOT!
  • Beat egg then add buttermilk and oil. Then add your dry ingredients; meal, flour baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Mix well. Sprinkle some meal into the bottom of the skillet first then pour the batter in. Bake for about 20 minutes.

Notes

You want the batter to almost fry on the outside as your pour it into the hot skillet.
This is the ONLY cornbread recipe you will ever need. It serves as the base to Granny’s cornbread dressing! (Recipe to come later)
This is the best southern buttermilk skillet cornbread you'll ever eat. Period. This is actually my Granny's famous recipe. It's so savory with the crisp, crunchy layer on the bottom. The skillet is essential. You'll heat your skillet first. Make your batter. Dust the bottom of your hot skillet in cornmeal then pour in your batter. The batter will then essentially fry the bottommost layer of the cornbread, creating a perfectly hard crust all along the bottom. This cornbread is so good to eat with any comfort dish or just by itself. Read along to see my Granny's famous cornbread recipe!

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Did you try this amazing recipe? It’s literally one of my favorites of all time. I love a good savory cornbread. Please let me know what you thought here or in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

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