Cornbread Dressing Recipe

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When it comes to Southern soul food cooking, it’s not Thanksgiving without cornbread dressing! 

This Southern staple is a fluffy mix of cornbread, fresh herbs, and veggies cooked in plenty of butter, broth, and egg. Mixed together to create a wonderfully moist and crunchy side dish that’s expected to be on the table for a soul food Thanksgiving.

The oven-baked fresh cornbread is full of flavor and so easy to prepare. This Southern stuffing recipe will deliver a hearty and satisfying taste with just the right amount of crunchiness you crave from fresh bread. Just add your favorite toppings!

 

Cornbread Dressing Recipe

 

In addition to being an excellent recipe for the holidays, this is a fantastic side dish for any occasion! 

Cornbread stuffing is also a great way to use up that leftover cornbread you might have “lying around.” Making your own cornbread dressing at home is a great way to save money and time when cooking for the holidays.

The first step is to make a batch of cornbread. You can prepare cornbread using ingredients from your kitchen cabinet. 

 

How do you make cornbread dressing?

So what’s the easiest way to make cornbread dressing?

This Southern cornbread dressing recipe is as simple as preparing the herbs and broth mixture in the Instant Pot and letting it cool. 

Then mix the cornbread with the herbs mixture (includes butter, celery, onion, thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley, egg, and broth). Add anything else your heart desires. Then bake until golden brown. 

 

 

Homemade cornbread or cornbread mix?

Can you use Jiffy cornbread? 

Yes! You can go for a cornbread mix if you’re short on time. And you won’t even have to worry about any compromise to the Southern soul food flavors your family has come to expect!

If you prefer to make your cornbread from scratch, check out the dynamic recipe card below for instructions!

 

Southern Cornbread Dressing

 

What size baking dish do you use for the cornbread?

To cook the cornbread, an 8″ medium-sized skillet works best.

For baking the dressing, use a 8″ or similar size baking dish.

Serve this easy cornbread dressing warm, and watch the smiles as your family enjoys!

 

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Southern cornbread dressing recipe

Have you ever tried making your own? This soul food Thanksgiving dressing recipe is easy to make and will help you get your taste buds ready for Thanksgiving dinner. 

To create the perfect holiday side dish, just mix all the ingredients in a bowl. You’ll be more than satisfied with the results. It’s that simple. 

 

Pro tip: A common question when making cornbread dressing is:

“Why is my cornbread dressing mushy?”

When you’re adding ingredients to the mix and stirring the batter, try not to overwork it, so you don’t break down the cornbreadwhich could cause the dressing to have a mushy texture.

You can bake this dish and eat it separately or stuff it inside the turkey for a traditional Thanksgiving stuffing meal. 

So let’s get started! 

 

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Ingredients for the cornbread

  • 8.5 oz. box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • ¼ cup of granulated sugar (*can be omitted if you don’t prefer cornbread sweet)
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 3 oz. whipped cream cheese
  • 4 oz. heavy whipping cream

 

*Wanna make your cornbread from scratch? Check out the dynamic recipe card below for instructions!

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Instructions for the cornbread

  1. Preheat the conventional oven or Instant Pot Omni Plus oven to bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (although you may not use all of this time for melting the butter). 
  2. Place the 4 tablespoons of butter in an 8-inch skillet and melt in the oven for approximately 5 minutes.
  3. While the butter is melting, combine the Jiffy cornbread mix, sugar, cream cheese, and heavy cream in a medium-size mixing bowl.
  4. Pour the melted butter from the skillet into the mixing bowl and mix all the ingredients together. 
  5. Pour the cornbread mixture into the skillet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F. In the conventional oven for 20-25 minutes. Instant Pot Omni Plus oven for 15-18 minutes.
  7. When the baking time has finished, allow the cornbread to cool for approx 10 minutes.
  8. Cut the bread lengthwise and then across into 1-inch bread cubes and set aside.

 

Old Fashioned Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

 

Ingredients for the cornbread dressing

  • ½ cup of unsalted butter 
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup of celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of thyme, fresh or dried
  • 1 tablespoon of rosemary, fresh or dried
  • 1 teaspoon of sage, ground 
  • ¼ cup of parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of chicken stock (or chicken broth – use vegetable broth to make this dish vegetarian)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ a teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 large egg

 

Instructions for the cornbread dressing

  1. Grease an 8″or similar-sized baking dish and set it aside.
  2. Remove the lid from the Instant Pot and turn on the sauté setting for 8 minutes.
  3. With the lid off, melt ½ a cup of butter. 
  4. Add the chopped onion, celery, thyme, rosemary, and sage. 
  5. Stir to coat the vegetables in the herbs and melted butter and then sauté until they soften and slightly brown.
  6. Add the chicken stock, salt, and pepper to the inner pot’s simmer, and stir to combine.
  7. Remove the herb mixture from heat and set aside. 
  8. Allow the mixture to cool to the touch so that it can be mixed with the egg. (You don’t want the egg to cook from the residual heat and scramble!)
  9. While the herbs are cooling off, beat the egg with the parsley in a medium-sized bowl.
  10. Gently fold in the cornbread cubes to coat with the egg. 
  11. Pour in the cooled herb mixture into the egg mixture.
  12. Transfer the mixture to the pre-greased baking dish.
  13. Cut the 2 tablespoons of butter into small pats and place them all around on top of the dressing.
  14. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees F. 35 minutes in the conventional oven. In the Instant Pot Omni Plus oven for 30 minutes.
  15. Uncover and bake until golden, 10-15 more minutes (conventional oven), 10 minutes (Instant Pot Omni Plus oven).
  16. Serve cornbread dressing warm, and enjoy!
  17. Optional – serve with gravy on top.

 

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What do you eat with cornbread stuffing?

There are many Southern soul food Thanksgiving dishes that you’ll always find on the table to pair with this Southern cornbread dressing recipe.

See the list below of African American Thanksgiving side dish favorites to try.

 

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Cornbread dressing and the soul food sides it’s traditionally paired with are all so delicious!

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Do cornbread stuffing and cornbread dressing differ in any way?

Stuffing and dressing are terms for a dish made with bread, usually cornbread in the Southern United States. 

Stuffing

Basically, stuffing is baked inside the bird during the cooking process, while dressing is baked in a dish outside the bird’s body to serve as the side.

Cornbread stuffing is a dish that consists of a warm, moist mixture of cornbread, vegetables, and herbs that is placed inside the turkey before roasting it. 

Dressing

On the other hand, Southern cornbread dressing is typically made with crumbled cornbread mixed with egg, herbs, and veggies, cooked in butter and then baked in a casserole dish.

 

Cornbread dressing variations

A cornbread stuffing recipe is a staple for many Southern and soul food holiday meals. Still, sometimes an exciting twist on the classic can be just what you need to wow your guests. We have found some of our favorite easy cornbread stuffing recipes that will liven up any dinner table this holiday season.

 

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African American cornbread dressing recipes

Remember, you can always make this Southern cornbread dressing recipe your own!

For example, some households add smoked sausage, poultry seasoning, diced bell pepper, and even chopped boiled eggs to this recipe. 

Here are a few more African American cornbread dressing recipes to try:

 

  • Garlic and sage cornbread stuffing – This savory cornbread stuffing features garlic and fresh sage leaves to create a dish with rich flavors. A traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas meal would not be complete without it! 

 

  • What if you want to add oysters?

I’ve had this same recipe with the addition of cooked oysters. You’d add the oysters during the step where you’re combining the cornbread and the herb mixture. Then you’d call this recipe oyster dressing. Old fashioned oyster dressing is one of my favorite Southern recipes!

 

  • Bacon blue cheese cornbread stuffing – This decadent tasting side dish has all of the hallmarks of a gourmet meal: bacon, blue cheese crumbles, buttery herb dressing, and crunchy pecans. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any holiday dish. 

Some people substitute turkey bacon or turkey sausage for pork bacon.

Pecans add an extra dimension to this recipe, giving it delicious textures and flavors that will make your taste buds sing with delight! 

 

How To Make Cornbread Dressing

 

Is it okay to use Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix?

This year, you can make your own homemade cornbread dressing with a bit of help from a favorite mix (Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix). Or you can make it all on your own by preparing cornbread from scratch. 

 

Instructions for Southern cornbread made from scratch

Follow the instructions below to make the Southern cornbread for this recipe from scratch:

  • Ingredients: 1 cup of medium grind cornmeal, ⅔ cup of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 4 tablespoons of butter, 4 oz. heavy whipping cream, 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar, ⅔ cup of whipped cream cheese
  1. Preheat the conventional oven or Instant Pot Omni Plus oven to bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (although you may not use all of this time for melting the butter). 
  2. Place the butter in an 8-inch baking pan or skillet and melt in the oven for approximately 5 minutes.
  3. While the butter is melting, combine the dry ingredients (cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar) with the cream cheese and heavy cream in a medium-size mixing bowl.
  4. Pour the melted butter from the baking pan into the mixing bowl and mix all the ingredients together. 
  5. Pour the cornbread batter into the baking pan or skillet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F. In the conventional oven, bake for 20-25 minutes. In the Instant Pot Omni Plus oven, bake for 18-20 minutes. 

 

Can this be made in individual muffins in a muffin pan?

A cornbread dressing made with a muffin pan? 

Yes, it’s possible! 

Does your family include picky eaters?

Problem solved! Because the best part about making this dish in individual muffins instead of a large pan is that you can customize the toppings for each person. Clever!

 

What temperature is the oven for the dressing?

If you are using a conventional oven, cover with foil and preheat to 350°F. Bake for 35 minutes, then uncover and continue baking until golden brown, another 10-15 minutes. 

Cover with foil and cook in the Instant Pot Omni Plus oven for 30 minutes; then remove foil and bake until golden for an additional 10 minutes.

 

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Can dressing be made ahead of time?

People often ask if they can make this recipe the night before and bake the next day? Especially for Thanksgiving?

And yes, it’s okay to assemble the cornbread dressing ahead of time, cover the dish with foil, and store it in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours before baking.

 

Can you freeze this cornbread dressing recipe?

If you want to freeze your cornbread dressing before cooking, make sure that the dish has been cooled completely. Then transfer it into freezer-safe containers or bags, seal tightly, label with date and contents, and place in the freezer for up to 2 weeks without thawing.

 

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Cornbread dressing recipe FAQs

What size cast iron skillet do you recommend for the cornbread?

An 8″ cast-iron skillet works best for baking the cornbread in this Southern dressing recipe.

 

If you’re using box cornbread, how many boxes do you use?

One Jiffy cornbread mix is all you’ll need – 8.5 ounces, which is just a little more than 1 cup.

 

How much cornbread should you use in terms of cups?

The ingredients added to this cornbread recipe will fill an 8″ skillet, about 2 to 2 ½ cups comfortably, without overflow when baking.

 

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Can you use Pepperidge Farm cornbread classic stuffing in the bag?

Homemade cornbread or cornbread stuffing mix?

Yes, you could use a stuffing mix. However, you’ll compromise the homemade Southern soul food flavoring. The taste will not be the same as baking fresh cornbread to make this cornbread dressing recipe.

 

Do you have to soften the onion and celery?

The onion and celery will soften when cooked in the sauté mixture when making the herb and vegetable mix.

 

How wet should the dressing be before baking?

People often ask, how do you keep cornbread dressing from being watery or gummy?

The dressing before it’s baked should be moist but not watery or gummy. If you find that your stuffing is too wet, you can add a few slices of cubed honey wheat bread to soak up the extra liquid.

 

How do you fix dry stuffing?

Think your dressing is overcooked? 

No worries! You can fix dry stuffing with a few tablespoons of melted butter or chicken stock, or broth.

Remember, try not to overwork the stuffing when adding ingredients and mixing. You don’t want to break down the cornbreadwhich will cause the dressing to then have a mushy texture.

 

How do you make this dish vegetarian?

To make this dish vegetarian, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

 

What did you think of this Southern soul food recipe?

This recipe will leave everyone happy at any dinner table. Plus, it’s super easy to make, making things even better – especially during the busy holiday season! 

Don’t hesitate to give this Sunday soul food/Southern Thanksgiving recipe a try!

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Old Fashioned Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Cornbread Dressing Recipe

When it comes to soul food cooking, it's not Thanksgiving without a Southern cornbread dressing recipe! Flavorful & so easy to make!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Dressing Baking Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Soul Food, Southern Food
Keyword: corn bread dressing, cornbread dressing, cornbread dressing recipe, Instant Pot Thanksgiving, old fashioned Southern cornbread dressing recipe, soul food Thanksgiving menu, Southern cornbread dressing, vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 283kcal
Author: Shaunda Necole

Equipment

  • 8″ cast-iron skillet
  • 8″ baking dish
  • Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Instant Pot Omni Plus oven

Ingredients

Ingredients for the cornbread

  • 8 ½ oz cornbread mix Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, 1 box
  • ¼  cup sugar granulated (*can be omitted if you don’t prefer cornbread sweet)
  • 4 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 3 oz cream cheese whipped cream cheese
  • 4 oz heavy whipping cream

Ingredients for the cornbread dressing

  • ½ cup butter unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 1 cup yellow onion diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 tablespoon thyme fresh or dried
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary fresh or dried
  • 1 teaspoon sage ground
  • ¼ cup parsley finely chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock or chicken broth (Use vegetable broth to make this dish vegetarian.)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg large

Instructions

Instructions for the cornbread

  • Preheat the conventional oven or Instant Pot Omni Plus oven to bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (although you may not use all of this time for melting the butter).
  • Place the 4 tablespoons of butter in an 8-inch skillet and melt in the oven for approximately 5 minutes.
  • While the butter is melting, combine the Jiffy cornbread mix, sugar, cream cheese, and heavy cream in a medium-size mixing bowl.
  • Pour the melted butter from the skillet into the mixing bowl and mix all the ingredients together.
  • Pour the cornbread mixture into the skillet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F. In the conventional oven for 20-25 minutes. Instant Pot Omni Plus oven for 15-18 minutes.
  • When the baking time has finished, allow the cornbread to cool for approx 10 minutes.
  • Cut the bread lengthwise and then across into 1-inch bread cubes and set aside.

Instructions for the cornbread dressing

  • Grease an 8″ or similar-sized baking dish and set it aside.
  • Remove the lid from the Instant Pot and turn on the sauté setting for 8 minutes.
  • With the lid off, melt ½ a cup of butter.
  • Add the chopped onion, celery, thyme, rosemary, and sage.
  • Stir to coat the vegetables in the herbs and melted butter and then sauté until they soften and slightly brown.
  • Add the chicken stock, salt, and pepper to the inner pot's simmer, and stir to combine.
  • Remove the herb mixture from heat and set aside.
  • Allow the mixture to cool to the touch so that it can be mixed with the egg. (You don’t want the egg to cook from the residual heat and scramble!)
  • While the herbs are cooling off, beat the egg with the parsley in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Gently fold in the cornbread cubes to coat with the egg.
  • Pour in the cooled herb mixture into the egg mixture.
  • Transfer the mixture to the pre-greased baking dish.
  • Cut the 2 tablespoons of butter into small pats and place them all around on top of the dressing.
  • Cover the baking dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees F. 35 minutes in the conventional oven. In the Instant Pot Omni Plus oven for 30 minutes.
  • Uncover and bake until golden, 10-15 more minutes (conventional oven), 10 minutes (Instant Pot Omni Plus oven).
  • Serve cornbread dressing warm, and enjoy!
  • Optional – serve with gravy on top.

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Notes

Instructions for Southern cornbread made from scratch

Follow the instructions below to make the Southern cornbread for this recipe from scratch:
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of medium grind cornmeal
  • ⅔ cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 oz. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup of whipped cream cheese
  1. Preheat the conventional oven or Instant Pot Omni Plus oven to bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (although you may not use all of this time for melting the butter). 
  2. Place the butter in an 8-inch baking pan or skillet and melt in the oven for approximately 5 minutes.
  3. While the butter is melting, combine the dry ingredients (cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar) with the cream cheese and heavy cream in a medium-size mixing bowl.
  4. Pour the melted butter from the baking pan into the mixing bowl and mix all the ingredients together. 
  5. Pour the cornbread batter into the baking pan or skillet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F. In the conventional oven, bake for 20-25 minutes. In the Instant Pot Omni Plus oven, bake for 18-20 minutes. 
A common question when making cornbread dressing is,
“Why is my cornbread dressing mushy?”
  • When you’re adding ingredients to the mix and stirring the batter, try not to overwork it, so you don’t break down the cornbreadwhich could cause the dressing to have a mushy texture.
  • The dressing before it’s baked should be moist but not watery or gummy. If you find that your stuffing is too wet, you can add a few slices of cubed honey wheat bread to soak up the extra liquid.
How do you fix dry stuffing?
  • You can fix dry stuffing with a few tablespoons of melted butter or chicken stock, or broth.
    Remember, try not to overwork the stuffing when adding ingredients and mixing. You don’t want to break down the cornbreadwhich will cause the dressing to then have a mushy texture.
Southern Soul Food Cornbread Dressing Recipe Card

Nutrition

Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 667mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 725IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Cornbread Dressing Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
283
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Cholesterol
 
56
mg
19
%
Sodium
 
667
mg
29
%
Potassium
 
217
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
33
g
11
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
16
g
18
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
725
IU
15
%
Vitamin C
 
6
mg
7
%
Calcium
 
92
mg
9
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 Comments

  1. Cyrene
    October 11, 2021 / 1:15 pm

    5 stars
    Nom nom nom! Can someone make this for me please. LOL

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