Cornbread For One

This single serving cornbread recipe delivers a delicious, slightly crumbly, sweet and buttery serving of cornbread. Step-by-step video on how to make cornbread is included. Recipe is perfect when cooking for one.

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Cornbread is a delicious side dish that goes so well with many meals. Unfortunately, there are way too many cornbread recipes that yield a huge batch of cornbread – too much for one person to consume at one sitting.

Leftover cornbread is never as tasty the next day. It tends to be dry, and not very delicious. Today, I’m sharing our recipe for a single serving of cornbread. This cornbread recipe comes together quickly, is baked in a small skillet or can be baked in a mini baking dish, and is absolutely delicious.

This cornbread recipe has been requested by a few of you and I’m happy to say that after many tweaks and tests, this much anticipated recipe is finally ready to be revealed.

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I love cornbread, and I know you do too!

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I completely understand those of us not wanting to make a batch of cornbread because let’s face it, most cornbread recipes yield a larger amount of cornbread and cornbread never tastes as good the day after it’s baked.

Fresh, hot out of the oven sweet cornbread is divine, especially with good bit of butter melting in the center and drizzling down the sides – am I right?

Leftover cornbread never, ever tastes the same and can be dry and frankly, not worth eating.

This is the best cornbread recipe and it delivers a delicious, slightly crumbly, perfectly sweet, and buttery serving of cornbread. I guarantee you’ll want to eat it all at one sitting.

It’s the perfect amount to enjoy with Red Beans and Rice for One or with a hearty and comforting Italian Chicken For One.

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How To Make Cornbread

I bake the cornbread in my small 6.5-inch cast iron skillet and this skillet is the perfect size for a small batch of cornbread.

Ingredients In This Southern Cornbread Recipe

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

For this easy cornbread recipe, you will need:

  • butter
  • milk
  • egg
  • cornmeal
  • flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt

First, put the skillet in the oven to heat while the oven is preheating.

As the oven heats, mix together the ingredients in a small bowl.

After the oven has heated, carefully remove the skillet from the oven and add a half tablespoon of butter to the pan.

Give the pan a swirl so that the melted butter coats the bottom and sides of the skillet. Then pour in the cornbread batter.

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Bake the cornbread for about 20 minutes and cool for just a bit before eating.

Don’t forget to add that butter to the top and enjoy while still warm.

If you don’t have a small skillet, a 5-inch baking dish will work great too.

What To Serve With Cornbread

This sweet cornbread recipe is super easy to make and you might find yourself making it often. Here are a few popular single serving main dish recipes that would go great with cornbread on the side:

Beef Stew For One

Turkey Chili

Skillet Ratatouille

Chickpea Curry

Turkey Cutlets

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Cornbread Recipe

Cornbread For One | One Dish Kitchen

Cornbread For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keyword: bread
Servings: 1 servings
Calories: 439kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter , melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

How To Video


  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). 
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the melted butter, milk, and egg until well blended.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the cornmeal mixture to the milk mixture and stir just until the flour is moistened.
  • Pour batter into greased pan and spread evenly. *(See Notes)
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm.


*If using a 6.5-inch cast iron skillet, place the skillet in the oven to heat along with the oven. (If you are using a small baking dish, do not place in the preheating oven).
*Using oven mitts, carefully remove the cast iron skillet from the oven and add 1/2 tablespoon of the butter to the skillet to melt. Gently swirl the pan to distribute butter over the bottom and sides of the skillet, then pour in cornbread batter and bake as directed in recipe.
*If using a baking dish, grease the bottom and sides of pan with the butter.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 287mg | Sodium: 742mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 1305IU | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 4.7mg
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The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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This classic, buttery and sweet Cornbread For One can be made in a small cast iron skillet or mini baking dish. It’s the perfect size if you’re cooking for one. | One Dish Kitchen

31 thoughts on “Cornbread For One”

  1. Michelle Lawrence

    Hi Joanie! A bit of a novice question, but is the cornmeal you use fine (like flour) or coarse ground (like one would use in making polenta)? 😊

  2. 5 stars
    Love you and everything you do. You have brought new hope into my life. Being single is something I thought I would have to endure but it is and you have made it more enjoyable.

    1. Thank you so much!! Your comment made my day! I’m so happy you found our site and are enjoying the recipes. Slowing down to prepare a home cooked meal, even if it’s just for ourselves, is a wonderful thing. You are worth it, we all are. Have a lovely weekend.

  3. 5 stars
    I have tried several corn bread for one recipes in the past. This one is definitely a keeper. I can finally quit searching for a good revipe, found it! Thanks so very much. Used it for a tamale casserole, yum.

    1. Hi Michelle, cornbread is wonderful with so many main dish meals. I love it with Chili and Red Beans and Rice. It’s delicious with butter and can be enjoyed on it’s own too.

    1. Hi Marci,
      I have not tested this recipe using self rising flour and corn meal but it should work. If you do decide to make it with these ingredients, please let me know how it turned out.

      Thank you.

      1. I did make it using both SR flour and corn meal. It was good. It did not rise as high but I think it may have to do with the pan size vs the amount of batter.

  4. 5 stars
    Made this cornbread last night with a few substitutes to fit my diet. It was delish. I will be making it again. It is definitely in my arsenal of cooking for one recipes. Thanks. Hoping to try the sweet potato pie next.

  5. I actually put the butter in the skillet and melt it in the oven. Then I swirl it around and coat the bottom and sides of the skillet before pouring the rest of it into the batter. That’s the way my mother does it. Learned from the best!

  6. Thank you so much. Now my husband can have his desserts that I don’t have to eat. Now I can fix me something that is for a Diabetic and not feel guilty.

  7. 5 stars
    Made a recipe about like this without the sugar. I cook my on top of stove in one of those small folding omelet pans. Love you recipes, it helps so much.

  8. 5 stars
    Your cornbread looks so golden delicious! I love the idea of cooking it in a cast-iron skillet. I’ll just need to double your recipe for my husband and I. Actually I’ll make it times four. It’s always better to have leftovers!

  9. Thank you, thank you Joanie! Can’t wait to make this, it’s going into the oven tonight for my supper!

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