Cast Iron Skillet Buttermilk Cornbread


This recipe is for those people that do not like sweet cornbread. For me, this is my comfort food and what I grew up on.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
1 10-inch round


  • 1 cup white cornmeal

  • ½ cup yellow cornmeal

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 2 tablespoons lard

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon butter, or as needed

  • 1 pinch paprika (Optional)

  • 1 pinch kosher salt (Optional)


  1. Place a cast iron skillet in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

  2. Mix white cornmeal, yellow cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Add buttermilk, lard, and vegetable oil; stir will to combine. Stir in egg until smooth batter forms.

  3. Remove hot cast iron skillet from oven, melt butter in skillet, then pour in batter. Top with paprika and kosher salt. Return skillet to oven.

  4. Reduce temperature to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) and bake until cornbread is golden brown and pulling away from the sides of the pan, about 15 minutes.

  5. Remove from oven to cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Cut into wedges.

Cook's Notes:

For a lighter version, you can do the following: substitute the lard and butter with your favorite cooking oil; substitute the buttermilk with 2 percent or skim buttermilk; do not sprinkle mixture top with kosher salt.

To turn up the heat: add a 4-ounce can of diced green chiles in the mixture; substitute the paprika with cayenne pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

202 Calories
9g Fat
27g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 202
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 635mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 177mg 14%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 124mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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