Hot Water Cornbread

Hot water cornbread is an easy way to make a homemade version of the southern classic. With only a handful of ingredients, this is just as easy as making cornbread from a box but totally homemade.

hot water cornbread on a parchment paper covered wooden cutting board

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You can never go wrong with cornbread.

At the holidays, hot water cornbread is a staple in the South.

This classic side is so easy to make and super delicious.

hot water cornbread cakes piled on a parchment paper covered wooden cutting board

What is hot water cornbread?

Hot-water cornbread differs a bit from traditional cornbread, but both are Southern mainstays.

It has roots in Native Americans and the days of slavery since it was (and still is!) extremely easy and inexpensive to make.

This version of cornbread needs a few basic ingredients that create a savory bread with a crispy exterior and soft interior.

Ingredients

To make this you need:

overhead image showing the measured ingredients needed to make a batch of hot water cornbread

  • Cornmeal– I like yellow cornmeal and it doesn’t matter if it’s coarsely ground or finely ground. Coarser ground will give the bread more texture though.
  • Baking powder– For lift.
  • Salt– To flavor the bread.
  • Water– Boiling water.
  • Oil– Light oil like corn or olive oil.

How to Make

Making this is so easy!

Whisk together the cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.

mixed yellow batter in a glass mixing bowl

Once you combined the dry ingredients, carefully add the water and whisk well.

The resulting batter should be fairly thick but pourable.

Once you’ve made the batter, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

When the oil is hot, add ¼ cup of cornbread batter and spread it into a circle.

hot water cornbread batter in three cakes in a cast iron skillet

Cook 3-4 minutes each side, or until golden brown.

Repeat cooking until all batter is used.

Serve and enjoy!

three fried hot water cornbread cakes in a cast iron skillet

Storing Leftovers

Wrap leftovers tightly and store them on the counter for up to 4 days.

Tips and Tricks

  • Be careful not to burn yourself when pouring the water.
  • The batter will be very thick when it’s done.
  • You may need to use a bit more oil. 

hot water cornbread cakes piled on a parchment paper covered wooden cutting board

Other Cornbread Recipes

Hot water cornbread is Southern holiday comfort food. Make it this Christmas for a taste of the South,

Looking for other cornbread recipes? Try these:

hot water cornbread on a parchment paper covered wooden cutting board

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hot water cornbread on a parchment paper covered wooden cutting board

Hot Water Cornbread

Hot water cornbread is an easy way to make a homemade version of the southern classic. With only a handful of ingredients, this is just as easy as making cornbread from a box but totally homemade.
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Course: Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Southern
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 cornbread cakes
Calories: 185kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons oil as needed

Instructions

  • In a large bowl whisk together cornmeal, baking powder, and salt
  • Add the water and whisk well, batter should be fairly thick but pourable
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium, then add ¼ cup of cornbread batter and spread to a circle
  • Cook 3-4 minutes each side, or until golden brown
  • Repeat cooking until all batter is used

Nutrition

Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg
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