Browned Butter Cornbread Recipe

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Brown-Butter-Cornbread-#2“Necessity is the mother of invention”.

And sometimes, accidents are too.

Because it is solely by accident that this cornbread recipe came about. The other night I decided to make a quick skillet cornbread to go with a Tanjin crusted chicken and salsa  that I was making for dinner. Like most cornbread recipes, it’s very easy.  Pre heat the oven, plop a cube of butter in a cast iron skillet  and let it melt in the oven while you assemble the dry and wet ingredients.

Easy peasy, right? So easy it sort of got away from me. There I was in the kitchen happily assembling my ingredients, catching up with my husband on the events of the day and … forgot about the butter.

Oops! But I was in luck …. it hadn’t burned but browned and although the idea hadn’t occurred to me I thought “hmmm… this could be good!” (Duh… when is brown butter NOT good??) So I pulled the skillet out of the oven,  finished assembling the wet ingredients (to which I added a healthy dollop of some good bourbon) stirred it into the dry ingredients , poured it into the skillet and popped it back in the oven.

About 30 minutes later, out came the bread … and oh, the smell!! Sweet corn with an underlying nuttiness….  my fingers were crossed that it would taste as good as it smelled!!!


The verdict was… “oh yeah”.. and a new favorite cornbread  recipe has been crowned!!!

Looking for something to serve this cornbread with? It would be great with..

Chicken and Tomatillo Soup

Salsa Chowder



Browned Butter Cornbread
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  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 cube)
  • 1 cup coarse ground cornmeal ( I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp. good bourbon (optional)
  • 1 large egg
  1. Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the cube of butter into a 10 inch cast iron skillet and place in the oven. Let butter melt and brown - about 7 - 8 minutes for cold butter (if your butter is at room temperature, it will take a bit less time). While the butter is browning, combine the flour,cornmeal, baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl. Stir. Add the corn and toss with the dry ingredients (this helps the corn from sinking to the bottom of the pan). In a small bowl, combine the milk, honey, egg and bourbon. Stir until combined. When the butter is finished browning, remove skillet from the oven. Pour all but two tablespoons of the browned butter into the wet ingredients and stir. Quickly add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until just combined. Pour the batter into the skillet and place back in the oven. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until the cornbread is brown around the edges and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out with small crumbs attached. Remove skillet from oven and let cool for 10 - 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.




  1. says

    I love the whole idea of browned butter and bourbon in corn bread. I might have one day thought of the browned butter, but the bourbon…never would have crossed my mind. My tastebuds are imagining the flavors of this right now and my mouth is watering. Great recipe, Nancy!

  2. Debra says

    I made this cornbread today with my traditional New Year’s Day menu of pork, collard greens, blackened peas, mac & cheese. It was yummy!

  3. Michele says

    Forgive me for being a novice at cooking with a cast iron skillet…I gave mine away about ten years ago because I didn’t know how to season it… That said, I really would like to make this recipe and wondered if I could just make it in a 9″ x 9″ glass pan….and just bake it a little longer rather than cooking it at the end on the stovetop? Thank you in advance for your help. I am hoping to make this work!

    • says

      Hello Michele,

      Somehow, your comment ended up in my “spam” folder so my apologies for not getting back to you sooner! I think you could definitely do this in a glass pyrex but you won’t get as brown a crust on the bottom because of the glass.

      • Michele says

        Thank you, Nancy, for your reply! I will make this is a pyrex glass dish the next time I make cornbread!

  4. Roger says

    Sounds great, the grandkids will love it.
    To be clear – the second to the last sentence says “…let cook for 10 – 15…” should that read “let cool for 10 – 15…” ??? And what size skillet did you use?
    I think this will go good with honeybutter at breakfast.

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