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How to Cook Kimberly’s Southern Hot Water Cornbread

Corn - CookingWithKimberly.comThis is so delicious and needs no baking in the oven.

A few simple ingredients and you have a feast fit for a Southern Belle and any Southern Gentleman.


  • 1 cup all-purpose cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • ~ 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp bacon grease or butter – Or you can use 1/2 tbsp olive oil. Do not use Margarine!!!
  • 3 tbsp oil – To pan fry the cornbread in


  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine and mix cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
  2. Boil about 1 cup water and pour into mug.
  3. Slowly pour in hot water into dry ingredients in the bowl a few tablespoons at a time, and completely stir in with a fork or wooden spoon. Once all water is absorbed, pour more in to make a final dough that’s stiff, and not runny at all.
  4. Add 1 tbsp bacon grease or butter into mixture and knead for about 30 seconds to be sure it’s fully encorporated.
  5. In a skillet or large frying pan, heat on medium high heat with about 3 tbsp oil. * Tip: Oil must be hot enough before putting in the cornbread. So, use a few drops of water on your fingers and drop them into the pan when you think it’s hot enough. The water should sizzle. That means it’s ready. Keep heating if it’s not hot enough.
  6. With wet hands, take pieces of cornbread dough and make small patties, as you would forming a hamburger. They should be about the size of your palm.
  7. Place cornbread into hot oil and pan fry on each side until they are light golden brown.
  8. Serve with cheese, as a bread with a meal, or serve up for breakfast with fried chorizo or sausage.

For a more traditional cornbread recipe baked in the oven, check out:

Kimberly’s Kickin’ Sweet Southern Cornbread Recipe


I hope you enjoyed this Southern Soul Food Recipe on Cooking With Kimberly. Until next time…

Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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  1. I made these this morning, but wanted a little more flavor and kick!

    I added 1/8 tsp chili powder and 1/8 tsp freshly cracked black pepper…

    Try adding onion powder or garlic powder for additional flavors.

    Kimberly 🙂

    Post a Reply
    • Thank you for the recipe, I grew up in Alabama on these and craving them now.
      I’m not so sure about the sugar but I’ll know when I fix them. The truth is that
      we try to match our memories from long ago and that’s never easy. I’ll give you
      a shout out on my Facebook.

      Post a Reply
      • Thanks, Wm! I hope you will give me a shout & let me know how you like them: http://facebook.com/CookingWithKimberly

        You certainly don’t have to add the sugar, if that’s not the way you remember them. That’s just how I remember cornbread…sweet!

        Thanks for commenting here! Eat Deliciously!

        Kimberly 🙂


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