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Johnny Cakes or Hoe Cakes Recipe

Johnny Cakes or Hoe Cakes are a true Southern delicacy! This Johnny Cake recipe (also known as a fried cornbread) is so easy and perfect for breakfast or anytime of day.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Southern
Keyword brunch, comfort food, traditional
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 235kcal
Author Dora Charles from A Real Southern Cook Cookbook


  • 1/2 cup self-rising white cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk I used coconut milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup water or more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons melted fat or oil bacon grease, fried chicken grease, butter, or vegetabile oil
  • Butter or mixed butter and vegetable oil for frying


  • In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon. Add the buttermilk slowly. Mix in the egg, cutting into the yolk with the spoon's edge to help it mix in better. Add the water and fat or oil and stir well. The texture should be like thick soup, so you may need to add more water.
  • I like to fry the cornbread cakes in my grandmother's cast-iron skillet or on a flat iron griddle, but any skillet or grillded will be fine. Heat the skillet or griddle over medium heat and grease it well with the fat of your choice (butter is delicious, but it tends to burn unless you mix it with a little oil). Once the skillet is hot and the fat is sizzling, drop the batter from a 1/8 cup (2-tablespoon) measure into the skillet, in batches if necessary. Fry the cakes until the edges are bubbling and the centers are set, then flip with a spatula to fry them on the other side until they're done. Like with pancakes, you can't say how long it will take, but the second side always cooks faster than the first. If the cakes seem greasy, drain them on paper towels before serving hot.


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.1mg