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Grab your cast iron skillet and get ready for the most delicious cornbread you ever tasted. Not only is this sweet skillet cornbread recipe a fantastic side dish for homemade chili but it’s also a tasty snack in its own right. With tasty ingredients like honey, butter, cornmeal, and eggs, it’s a sweet honey cornbread you can really savor and enjoy. It’s sweet but not overly so and the texture is soft with a little graininess. The buttery, crisp edges are perhaps the best part of all!

Sweet skillet cornbread with honey.

Sweetened with honey and perfectly crisp at the edges and soft in the center, the appeal of this side dish means you’ll want to make it again and again. 5 stars for sure!

Pair this warm and delicious cornbread with a great beef chili recipe or bean-free chili and your favorite chili toppings!

A sweet skillet cornbread recipe with honey, served alongside other delicious food on a table.

Why You’ll Love It

Easy:  There isn’t much more to this recipe than making up cornbread mix, so skip the boxed mix next time and make this wonderfully sweet skillet cornbread instead.
Delicious: Striking the perfect balance of being sweet but not too sweet, and crisp at the edges while soft in the center, this cornbread truly deserves being called “delicious”!
Versatile: Cornbread is a popular accompaniment to homemade chili, or you can offer it alongside any kind of soup or stew, enjoy it for brunch or use it to make stuffing or breadcrumbs.

A sweet honey skillet cornbread filled with chili and topped with a drizzle of honey.

Ingredients for Sweet Honey Cornbread

To make this tasty cornbread recipe you need eggs, milk, oil, honey, butter, flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, cornstarch, salt, and butter.

The recipe for a sweet skillet cornbread, cooked with honey, served on a marble table.

How to Make Sweet Honey Cornbread

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Start the batter:  Mix together the egg, milk, oil, honey, and melted butter in a bowl.
Add the dry ingredients: Sift in the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt into the egg mixture.
Melt butter: Heat the oven with your cast iron pan in there, then take it out of the oven and melt the butter in the hot skillet.
Bake the skillet cornbread: Add the batter to the melted butter in the pan and bake for about half an hour or until set in the middle. Serve warm and fresh from the oven with butter and honey!

Honey skillet cornbread in a skillet next to a bowl of chili and beans.

Substitutions and Variations

Various additions can go into your homemade cornbread, such as jalapeno slices, shredded cheddar cheese or even bacon crumbles.

A slice of sweet cornbread being dipped in honey.

If you want the cornbread recipe less sweet you can adjust the amount of sugar and/or honey. You can also use your preferred sweetener in place of the honey.

A sweet honey cornbread is sitting in a skillet.

How to Serve Sweet Honey Skillet Cornbread

This sweet cornbread recipe in cast iron skillet recipe pairs beautifully with chili or even something like sweet chili chicken leg quarters. Warm southern cornbread is a popular addition to your brunch table.

A bowl of chili with honey being poured over it, accompanied by a side of sweet skillet cornbread.

Cut it into small cubes and add to your favorite soup or stew. You can also use homemade cornbread in a stuffing or to make breadcrumbs or croutons.

Chili in a bowl with honey skillet cornbread on top.

How to Store Honey Butter Cornbread

Store:  Leftovers kept at room temperature will keep for a couple of days. If you wrap it in cling wrap and refrigerate it, it should stay fresh for up to a week.
Freeze: Freeze cornbread in portions and keep frozen in freezer-safe Ziploc bags or containers for up to 6 months. Freezing cornbread is handy so you will have some ready when you want to make cornbread stuffing for the holidays.

Skillet Honey Cornbread Recipe FAQs

What size cast iron skillet is best for this recipe?

A 9 inch cast iron skillet works well, or you can use a 10 inch cast iron skillet. If you don’t have either, use muffin tins or a 9 inch square baking dish. Personally I love cooking everything from this turkey and sweet potato skillet recipe to French toast in mine, and this set of 3 cast iron skillets (here) is a great investment for all those yummy skillet recipes!

Can you make gluten free skillet cornbread?

Yes, just swap the all-purpose flour for your favorite gluten free flour, and then everyone can enjoy delicious corn bread whether they consume gluten or not. Baking powder and cornstarch are naturally gluten free, so you don’t need to replace those.

A table with honey skillet cornbread and beans, along with other foods.

Honey Skillet Cornbread Recipe

5 from 47 votes

Sweet Skillet Cornbread

By: Bella Bucchiotti
A delicious sweet skillet cornbread, perfect as a side for chili or a tasty snack. With honey, butter, and cornmeal, it's a real treat!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ Cup milk
  • ¼ Cup canola oil, or vegetable oil
  • ¼ Cup honey
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, salted, melted
  • 1 ¼ Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Cup cornmeal
  • Cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 Teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon butter


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the egg, milk, oil, honey and melted butter. Mix well.
  • Sift the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, cornstarch, and salt into the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined, and set aside.
  • Place your cast iron pan into the preheated oven for about 3 minutes. Then take it out and put 1 tablespoon of butter in the center of the pan, as it melts carefully move the pan around so that the butter coats the bottom of the pan.
  • Pour the cornbread batter into the buttered pan and place in the oven. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the center is set.
  • Remove from the oven. Serve either warm or at room temperature.


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 484mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 2mg
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The perfect balance of sweet and savory, this skillet cornbread is a must-make the next time you’re having chili. You’ll agree this is one of the best cornbread recipes ever and should get 5 stars. It’s also sensational as part of a brunch spread, served with melted butter and honey or maple syrup, or you might just want to nibble on some as a snack. Homemade cornbread served fresh and warm from the oven is one of the best side dishes ever!

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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  1. I’m not sure how it’ll taste; but I’m not going to add sugar to this recipe. I am a proud Texan. we prefer to NOT add any kind of sweetner to cornbread. Wish me luck.