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Hot water cornbread spread out on a white plate with butter in the background

The BEST Southern Hot Water Cornbread Recipe

Crisp, perfectly crunchy, easy to make and absolutely irresistible, this Hot Water Cornbread, very different from these delicious corn muffins or Mexican cornbread in texture, is the best and easiest way to have cornbread on your dining room table in mere minutes.
Course Bread
Cuisine soul food, south, Southern
Keyword bread, bread recipe, cornbread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 157kcal


  • Skillet


  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt can go up more if you want more for taste
  • 1 2/3-2 cups boiling water
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • Add cornmeal, sugar and boiling water to a medium sized bowl and whisk until combined. 
  • Add oil to 10 inch cast iron skillet and heat over medium high heat until temperature reaches 375. 
  • Drop 2 tablespoons of batter into oil and fry on both sides until golden brown then drain.


Note: You can really adapt this recipe to fit your needs and preferences for consistency.  I give some leeway for the amount of water you add because it comes down to your preference. 


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg