Pan Fried Cornbread
Incredulously, I am nearly speechless. But not enough to leave my white people need to begin to hold white people accountable treatise incomplete. And so we begin Part 2. I left people on Instagram hanging too with respect to making what is sometimes known as Hot Water Cornbread. My paternal side of the family used the latter term; my maternal side doesn’t have a special name for this definite delight, plus mixes in buttermilk instead of hot water, so I am calling it Pan Fried Cornbread.
Following the Civil War, members of the losing Confederate Army were never held accountable for any of the countless crimes committed. Jefferson Davis, who was duly elected as the Confederate President was arrested on May 10, 1865 and charged with treason. Imprisoned for two years, for some reason Davis was not tried and subsequently released on bail paid for by a few wealthy Northerners. Jefferson Davis lived a comfortable life outside of Biloxi, Mississippi until his death in 1889.
Miraculously, no Confederate soldiers were ever executed either. While a few were arrested and charged with treason most like Davis were eventually paroled. The infamous Confederate General Robert E. Lee was imprisoned for two years as well prior to being pardoned by President Lincoln. Lee died three years later, an alien resident of this nation; however in 1975 President Gerald Ford had his citizenship restored, calling Lee “an example to succeeding generations.” The January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol building is also an example. The lesson is that where accountability is lacking you will scarcely find integrity, let alone democracy.
Due to the omissions of powerful, White men, the Confederacy was able to maintain a culture of fear, hate, murder, exploitation, rape, theft and general unlawfulness that has lasted well into the 21st Century. Whereas the genuinely useful, sustainable, insightful, resourceful, healthy and resilient African-American tradition of eating Pan Fried Cornbread and Navy Beans has largely been lost. The time is ripe for change.
Pan Fried Cornbread
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Medium Mixing Bowl
- Large Wooden Spoon or Whisk
- Large Frying Pan
- 2 cups Organic Cornmeal
- 1 cup Organic Flour or Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix
- ½ cup Butter, melted or Butter Substitute Leftover Bacon Grease works as well
- 1½ to 2 cups Buttermilk Whole Milk or an unsweetened Milk Substitute work fine
- 2 Eggs
- ¼ tsp Organic Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Real Salt
- 2½ to 3 tbsp Grapeseed Oil
- Heat grapeseed oil in the frying pan to medium heat.
- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl making sure to mix thoroughly. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl beat eggs, add the buttermilk then add the melted butter or oil.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. The mixture should appear like cake batter. Add more buttermilk if necessary.
- Using a ¼ measuring cup, pour batter into the hot frying pan. Four pieces of cornbread should be able to cook at one time.
- After 2 minutes or once air bubbles rise to the top of the bread, flip the cornbread over with a spatula.
- Once cooked on both side, place cornbread on a plate lined with paper towels and allow to slightly cool.
- Slather with butter and serve immediately.
27 thoughts on “Pan Fried Cornbread”
I have never thought to pan fry cornbread before, but it was really delicious. I made a few vegan tweaks, but it was still pretty easy to make and it will definitely be added to the repeat list.
So glad you enjoyed it Stephanie!
Great way to prepare cornbread. We loved the crispy edges.
I am such a lover of cornbread and this recipe is perfect fo pan-fried cornbread. Yum!
So glad you enjoyed it EB!
Our family enjoyed this recipe with some soup we made for dinner. We loved the taste and texture of the cornbread. Thanks for this recipe!
Thank you Heather, I’m glad you all enjoyed it!
I’ve never made cornbread like this before but decided to try it with my chili last night. It was SO good. I love the texture and crispiness of it.
So glad you liked it Jessica!
I always love the historical notes you give and this fried cornbread OMG – Why did I not have this in my life before!!!
This is truly THE best cornbread…thank you Chef Mireille!
This was my first time ever making cornbread this way and I am in love! Your instructions were so straight-forward and easy to follow! Thanks for sharing!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it Crystal!
I love how quickly and easily this comes together! This was such a fun way to make cornbread
This is one of my new favorite ways to make cornbread! It was so delicious and so easy to make!
I really enjoyed how crispy the edges were and the notes of the grapeseed oil really came through!!! This is a winning recipe!
These were delicious with chili. Easy to make and everyone cleaned their plates!
This was such a fun recipe! The corn bread was delicious!!
Frying cornbread never crossed my mind but when I tried this recipe and it turned out so delicious, how could I question buttery corn bread fried being so yummy! I will definitely be making this recipe again for Thanksgiving.
I wonder if making these by using Jiffy cornbread mix would be as good?
Hi Penny, no it wouldn’t. Jiffy Cornbread Mix contains quite a bit of sugar so the taste is not even remotely the same.
Recipes are good,but you ruined it with your mouthy rhetoric. How in hell do you mix this crap with cornbread
Sir, how dare you! Please consider you and your opinion unwelcome to visit my site ever again.