Cornbread For One

Mini Cornbread Recipe – Easy recipe for a small batch of sweet, buttery cornbread. Baked in a mini cast iron skillet or oven safe dish.

a small batch of cornbread in a cast iron skillet | one dish kitchen

Cornbread is a delicious side dish that goes so well with many meals. Unfortunately, most cornbread recipes yield a large batch which is usually too much for one or two people to consume at one sitting.

Leftover cornbread is never as tasty as it is when it’s warm. Day old cornbread tends to be dry and crumbly.

Today, I’m sharing our single serving recipe. This cornbread comes together quickly and is absolutely delicious.

An easy cornbread recipe has been requested by a few of you and I’m happy to say that after many tweaks and tests it is finally ready to be shared.

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I love cornbread, and I know you do too!

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I completely understand not wanting to make a batch because let’s face it, cornbread never tastes as good the day after it’s baked.

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

This is the best cornbread recipe and 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 it in a small 6.5-inch cast iron skillet which is the perfect size for this small batch recipe.

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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake for about 20 minutes and cool for just a bit before eating.

Add a little 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.

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What To Serve With Cornbread

This sweet cornbread 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

Other Small Batch Bread Recipes

Irish Soda Bread

Beer Bread


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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

32 thoughts on “Cornbread For One”

  1. For those who like a nice bottom crust on cornbread. Heat the cast iron skillet with butter in, meanwhile mixing the cornbread batter. Pour the hot butter in the batter, mix well, scrape into greasy skillet and bake as directed in the above recipe.

  2. 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)? 😊

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. Awesome, Susan! I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe. Please let me know how you like the sweet potato pie 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. The other day I decided to have a little splurge on cornbread. It was horribly disappointing. Dry and tasteless. I am excited to try yours.

  9. 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.

  10. I don’t always like sharing and I always love cornbread, so I guess this is the perfect recipe for me! 🙂

  11. I love this! You’re so right, it never tastes as good as when it’s freshly baked! Can’t wait to try this recipe out.

  12. 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!

  13. Kate | The Organized Dream

    5 stars
    This recipe looks great! I would love to try this in muffin form, too! (Easy grab and go snack!)

  14. 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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