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Old fashioned, Hot Water Cornbread recipe, as seen on Taste of

Hot Water Cornbread

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Quick and easy Hot Water Cornbread, takes just a few minutes to make. Serve it warm for best results.



  • ¾ cup Yellow Corn Meal –self rising
  • ¼ cup Self Rising Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • Hot water as needed, about one cup.


  1. Place the cornmeal in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Add the flour.
  3. Add the salt.
  4. Use a fork to mix the dry ingredients together.
  5. Gradually stir in enough hot water to make a thin batter.
  6. Let the batter rest while you heat up your skillet.
  7. Place a skillet over Medium heat on your stove top.
  8. Add enough oil to slightly coat the bottom of the pan.
  9. Use a ¼ cup measuring scoop to add batter to the hot oil.
  10. Do not crowd the pan.
  11. Watch for the bottom edges to turn brown, and for bubbles to appear in the batter.
  12. When the top begins to dry, flip the cornbread over.
  13. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes per side until done.
  14. Remove from pan and place on folded paper towels to drain.
  15. Serve warm.
  16. Enjoy!


This recipe can be easily doubled if you need more. Some folks use only cornmeal, omitting the flour. It’s a matter of choice. Try it both ways to see which you prefer best.

Keywords: Hot Water Cornbread, cornbread, southern cornbread, old fashioned cornbread