Southern-Style Brown Butter Cornbread Recipe


Brown butter gives this cornbread a warm, nutty flavor.

Adapted from Mark Bittman.

Note: If you have a cast-iron skillet, by all means use it to make the cornbread. Simply melt the butter in the skillet and proceed as directed.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 40 mins
Serves: 8 servings

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  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 1/2 cups coarse cornmeal

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat. After butter has melted, let continue to cook, stirring frequently, until butter has browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to cake pan.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.

  4. In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in egg mixture until combined.

  5. Pour batter into pan and smooth out the top. Bake until golden and a cake tester comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

Special equipment

9 inch cake pan or cast iron skillet

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
252 Calories
9g Fat
38g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 399mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 144mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)