Hot Water Cornbread


This hot water cornbread is a very old-fashioned recipe. The cornbread is shaped into little cakes and fried rather than baked. Serve the cakes warm with maple syrup or honey.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
12 cakes


  • 1 cup cornmeal

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ¾ cup boiling water

  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease

  • 1 cup bacon grease, or as needed


  1. Combine cornmeal, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Add boiling water and 1 tablespoon bacon grease; stir until bacon grease melts melts.

  2. Pour bacon grease to a depth of 1/2-inch in a large skillet; heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  3. Shape cornmeal mixture into 12 flattened balls using a heaping tablespoon as a measuring guide.

  4. Fry, turning once, in hot oil until crisp and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve warm.

Cook's Note:

You can use shortening in the cornbread batter instead of bacon grease if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

95 Calories
3g Fat
16g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 95
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 396mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 59mg 1%

* 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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