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Recipes for Spoonbread

Updated on February 9, 2015

Spoonbread is Tradition

When thoughts of spoonbread come to mind, I think Southern, delicious and most of all, "I'll have seconds". There is nothing more comforting than a spoonful of corn surrounded by moist yummy cornbread. In this collection of recipes you will see that spoonbread is welcome at any time and at any meal.

Spoonbread is one of many classic American dishes that was made during hard times. Using local ingredients, this dish was capable of serving many people.

Much like a savory bread pudding, spoonbread is best served warm right out of the oven. And if you really want to impress your family and guests. serve with a lump of butter right in the middle!

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Le Creuset Stoneware 1-1/2-Quart 9-Inch Square Baking Dish, Cherry
Le Creuset Stoneware 1-1/2-Quart 9-Inch Square Baking Dish, Cherry

A high quality stoneware baking dish for turning out the best side dishes and desserts. Freezer, refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher safe.


Simple Ingredients for SpoonBread

2 cups warm milk

1 cup yellow cornmeal

1 small can of yellow corn, drained

3 eggs

3 tbls melted butter

1 tbls sugar

1 tbls baking powder

1 tsp salt

Directions to follow below.

Easy Directions for SpoonBread Recipe

Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

Generously butter an 8-inch round or square baking dish.

In a large bowl stir together milk, cornmeal and corn, set aside.

Combine remaining ingredients in a large mixer bowl and beat until well combined.

Add egg mixture to cornmeal mix and stir until combined.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for thirty minutes or until edges become browned.

Spoon out to serve.

Serves 6-8

A Brief History

Spoonbread is an easy to prepare dish containing corn meal, that probably originated from Native Americans. The first recipe for spoonbread was in a cookbook, The Carolina Housewife by Sarah Routledge, in which she makes a reference to Native Americans. Some say the dish was served during the Revolutionary War and others say it originated after the Civil War. There are many references to spoonbread being a Virginia dish and we do know that it is traditionally Southern.

While we don't know the exact origins of spoonbread, it is an wonderful old recipe and quite delicious all the same. Worth giving a try to passed on down the line.

Spoonbread can also be baked in an oven-proof bowl

Make this for company. The addition of cheddar cheese and green onions is so tasty!

Serving Size

Serves: 8


  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 tbls baking powder
  • 1/ tsp salt
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 3/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375F°.
  2. Prepare a 2 quart baking pan or dish butter or shortening.
  3. Combine cornmeal, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Cast your vote for Cheddar, Green Onion Spoonbread

Use these when making spoonbread

Pyrex 1118441 Prepware  Mixing Bowl Set, 3-Piece, Clear
Pyrex 1118441 Prepware Mixing Bowl Set, 3-Piece, Clear

This classic mixing bowl set can also be used for baking spoonbread.


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      DebMartin 2 years ago

      Yum, yum. Agreed. Spoonbread IS Tradition. And yet I meet so many young people who don't know what it is and have never tried it. We must change that. I make an excellent Sweet Potato Spoonbread. And I'm eager to try your Corn and Bacon Spoonbread.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I will definitely try this recipe. Love recipes with such a storied history. Excellent!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I am sure I have extended family members who have served spoon bread, but for some reason it never made it into my repertoire. As much as we love polenta, I am sure we would thoroughly enjoy your spoon bread. I'm pinning this and look forward to trying both your recipes. Thank you so much. This is a superbly done page.

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Any type of corn bread sounds good to me. : )

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      Great lens and now I'm hungry.

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      atomicgirl24 4 years ago

      Oh, great-- I just drooled over my keyboard from these delectable looking spoon bread photos. Thanks a lot, lol!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      The spoonbread really does look good. I can almost taste the hot melted butter on the cornbread.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sounds delicious! especially the Cheddar, Green Onion Spoonbread.