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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.

Cornbread in a small cast iron skillet next to a stick of butter and a butter knife

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.

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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.

Cornbread in a small cast iron skillet next to a red napkin on a wooden trivet


I love cornbread, and I know you do too!

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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Cornbread cut in half in a small cast iron skillet next to a bowl of red beans and rice

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.

Butter melting on cornbread in a cast iron skillet on a wooden trivet next to a red cloth napkin

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:

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Cornbread For One | One Dish Kitchen

Cornbread For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keywords: 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 small 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

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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35 thoughts on “Cornbread For One”

  1. 5 stars
    I made this twice for my boyfriend and me. The first time I followed your recipe exactly. The second time I cut back on the butter, sugar, and salt to make it a tad healthier. Still delicious and perfect for 2 people!

  2. Teresa Stevens

    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.

    1. I was raised on a sweet cornbread from the Jiffy mixes. I was taught to eat leftovers, after you warm it, with butter and some pancake syrup. Yum!

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