Your search for the ultimate moist cornbread recipe is over! This soft and slightly sweet cornbread is the best, most perfect cornbread ever. It's tender, not too cakey, and amazing with butter and dripping honey.

Be sure to serve this cornbread with a bowl of Easy Minestrone Soup, Smoked Baby Back Ribs, My Best Classic Chili Recipe, or my Best-Ever Baked Beans.

An 8x8-inch pan of cornbread with slices taken out of it.

Perfect Moist Cornbread Recipe

This is the best, most perfect cornbread ever. I know that comes off all braggy and self-congratulatory, but it's worth it if it can get you to try this cornbread recipe that will forever solve your cornbread woes. You know, like the too dry or too crumbly or overly sweet woes.

This cornbread soft and subtly sweet without being too cake-like. And it's definitely not dry or dense like so many cornbread recipes tend to be.

I spent ages trying every cornbread recipe I could find and swapping out ingredients looking for one that wasn't too crumbly or overly sweet and finally fine-tuned my own cornbread recipe that I have stuck with for years now. And it's one of my most-requested recipes from friends and family, so it definitely had to be one of the first recipes to go up on the blog.

Cornbread isn't fancy, but man is it amazingly good stuff. Especially when you top it with butter and honey and eat it warm from the oven.

A slice of cornbread topped with honey on a plate.

And we are lucky in our house because I prefer the outer edges with the extra bit of crust while Paul loves that middle piece.

I love cornbread with anything bbq (brisket! ribs! chicken! pork chops!) or enchiladas (is that a thing? cornbread and enchiladas? it's what my mom served when I was growing up, but that was in the midwest so I'm definitely not claiming any degree of authenticity as to whether that's a universally accepted combination. but whatever because it works and is amazing).

And of course, this is the perfect cornbread to paired with soup or a salad.

The girls love it, I love it, and even Paul, who wouldn't touch cornbread when we first got married since he thought all cornbread was dense and dry and yuck, now raves about how much he loves cornbread and always has a second slice.

And I'm positive that you will love it too.

An image of a pan of moist homemade cornbread.

How to Make the Best Moist Cornbread

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a large 9x13-inch rectangular baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Stir together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add in the vegetable oil, melted butter, honey, eggs, and milk, and stir until combined.
  3. Pour the cornbread batter into the prepared baking dish and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, until your cornbread turns a golden brown. Remove it from oven and serve warm with butter and honey.
A collage of images showing how to make cornbread by adding ingredients to the bowl, stirring the ingredients, then pouring them into a pan.

Can you substitute almond milk for milk in cornbread?

If you don’t have milk on hand, you can substitute with non-dairy milk or even water at the same ratio amount requested in the recipe. You may even choose to use buttermilk but it may change the desired flavor of your cornbread.

Why does my cornbread crumble?

Cornbread is naturally crumbly but if yours is more crumby than usual and feels like your eating sand, you may need a higher flour to cornmeal ratio to hold it together. But, if you followed this recipe, you should be fine. 😉

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Perfect Moist Cornbread

5 from 21 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 18 people
Your search for the ultimate cornbread recipe is over!  This soft and slightly sweet cornbread is the best, most perfect cornbread ever.  It's tender and moist and amazing with butter and dripping honey.  

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cup vegetable oil
  • cup butter melted
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large 9x13-inch rectangular baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Stir together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add in the vegetable oil, melted butter, honey, eggs, and milk, and stir until just combined.
  • Pour the cornbread batter into the prepared baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, until the cornbread turns golden brown. Remove from oven and serve warm with butter and honey.

Notes

This recipe halves easily, which is perfect for an 8x8" pan for my family of 4.

Nutrition

Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 213IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 2mg
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I enjoy exploring the world through food, culture, and travel and sharing the adventure with mostly from-scratch, family friendly recipes that I think of as modern comfort cooking.

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Reader questions and reviews

  1. Authentic Midwestern food has takes on almost every continent of regional foods, right? I am guessing your mom was just trying to feed some kids! I love corn bread and think your recipe looks delicious.

  2. 5 stars
    You had me at butter and dripping honey! That is EXACTLY the right way to eat cornbread, in my book. I cannot wait to try this recipe. I'm making a big pot of chili this weekend with your perfect cornbread on the side 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    WOW, this is one gorgeous looking cornbread. One cannot have enough cornbread recipes, right ?! Mine is similar to yours, also using honey for sweetness but buttermilk instead of whole milk. I will give your recipe a try this Sunday and serve it with some brisket. I am sure it will be fantastic.

  4. There's nothing sadder than a dried out piece of cornbread. Yours looks absolutely tender and delicious. Love that drizzle of honey, too. YUM!

  5. 5 stars
    I love cornbread and this does look perfect. My kids love cornbread and definitely going to try this one. Saving for later.

  6. 5 stars
    It does sound like the perfect cornbread. I love cornbread with ham and beans or grilled chicken. I know it may sound crazy but those two dishes seem to scream for cornbread to go with them. I'll have to try your recipe.

  7. This looks so delicious! I absolutely love cornbread and honey - especially with a glass of milk. I'll take that over a cookie any day!

  8. 5 stars
    Oh I love good homemade cornbread! And you are so right...so many recipes turn out dry and crumbly. I'm definitely going to give your recipe a try

  9. 5 stars
    ohhh......you've got me now! I'm a southern girl who is ALLL about cornbread! Yes, Lord, I"m in heaven with your recipe! I grew up on cold water cornbread, which really is a required taste but I do love different kinds of cornbread and yours sounds amazing!!

  10. I've never tried cornbread but your recipe inspired me to make it. It looks delicious and the recipe sounds so easy! Can't wait to try it!

  11. 5 stars
    Your cornbread looks wonderful! I don't make it too often but I will be sure to give your version a try next time I do.

  12. I’ve been using a recipe called “Perfect Cornbread” for years. Yesterday, I found myself in a place without access to my recipes so I Googled “perfect cornbread” and yours popped up right at the top. I decided to try it since it was quite different from my standard, which I had always thought was okay. It was so good, I will never make anything else. My husband says it’s the best cornbread he has ever had, and I agree!