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Blue Skillet Cornbread

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This blue skillet cornbread recipe uses blue cornmeal to make a fun colored pan of slightly sweet cornbread. It is the perfect mix of fluffy and crumbly and is perfect as a side to so many meals.

Lifting slice of blue skillet cornbread out of cast iron pan.

Whether you are looking for fun new ways to use blue cornmeal, or your just want to make your next batch of cornbread more colorful, blue cornbread is a perfect option. It has a striking color and is easy to put together.

I just love soups during the fall and winter.  There are so many options and they warm you to the core.  

I could eat just soup for dinner and be fine, but my husband needs a little something more to make it feel like a meal.  That is why I whipped up some skillet cornbread to go with our ham and bean soup

Ingredients ready to be made into blue cornbread.

Of course you could make it with yellow cornmeal, but I happened to have blue and thought that would be a fun change.  My husband always appreciates when things are a little different than normal.  

It makes the meal feel a little more special.  Of course Little Dude promptly broke up his piece and put it all in his soup.

He loves stirring things up and the more things he can fit in his soup bowl the better!

My husband liked the cornbread so much that he cut a slice off for a friend who visited later.  He wanted to show off our blue cornbread, so he warmed it up and served it with honey and butter.  It got rave reviews all the way around!

Cast iron skillet with freshly baked blue cornbread inside.

This cornbread is not super sweet, I wanted it to be able to stir it into my soup like Little Dude without making the soup too sweet.  You could easily up the sugar to 1/2 cup if you want a sweeter cornbread.

What is the difference between blue and yellow cornmeal?

Besides the color difference, there are nutritional differences between standard yellow cornmeal and the blue variety. Blue cornmeal boasts a higher protein content and is lower on the glycemic index.

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Homemade corn muffins are made from pantry staples. They are just a bit sweet and have a perfect cornbread crumb. They are so easy to make from scratch, why worry about the box?

If you don’t have blue cornmeal, don’t despair. You can still make a pan of tender skillet cornbread.

Piece of blue cornbread served with rest of the bread in a cast iron skillet in the background.

Soft and delicious corn casserole, also known as corn pudding, is a family friendly and filling side dish. 

Corn pudding gets a fun and flavorful makeover in this tasty cheesy corn casserole with green chiles. It is a cozy side dish that goes perfectly with almost any entrée.

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Lifting slice of blue skillet cornbread out of cast iron pan.

Blue Skillet Cornbread

Servings: 12 Servings (an 9″ skillet)
Author: Carlee
This cornbread recipe uses blue cornmeal to make a fun colored pan of tasty bread. This blue skillet cornbread is perfect with chili, ham and beans, or butter and honey.
4.57 from 41 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes


  • 1 cup milk use buttermilk if you have it
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup granulated white sugar
  • cup blue cornmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour


  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Stir together milk, sugar, melted butter, and eggs until combined.
    1 cup milk, ¼ cup butter, ⅓ cup granulated white sugar, 2 large eggs
  • Stir in cornmeal, baking powder and salt until uniform.  
    1¼ cup blue cornmeal, 1 Tablespoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Gently stir in flour until just combined (it’s ok if it’s a little lumpy.)
    1 cup all purpose flour
  • Pour batter into skillet and bake for 22-28 minutes.  You want it to be cooked through and very lightly browned. 



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 160kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 305mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Saturday 18th of November 2023

it's cornbread, not white bread. throw the bleached flour in the trash!


Saturday 18th of November 2023

Luckily you can make your cornbread however you would like. We find cornbread without the addition of flour to be too dense.


Sunday 1st of October 2023

Bought blue cornmeal in Utah….brought it home to try making cornbread. Your recipe worked great. Delicious blue cornbread!


Sunday 1st of October 2023

I am so glad you liked it!


Monday 5th of December 2022

I use this recipe for the first time in my brand new Lodge cast iron skull cake pan and they came out great. This was the thickest batter out of any cornbread recipe I've ever used. Is it supposed to be so thick? I measured my flour with a scale at 120 g per cup as the King Arthur instructions gave. Do you recommend adding more buttermilk if the batter is not pourable? Thank you!


Tuesday 6th of December 2022

It is a relatively thick batter, especially if the butter gets cold again. Was it similar to the batter in the video? If it came out dry when you baked it, I would add a little more buttermilk next time, otherwise I would let it be. I am glad you liked it!


Wednesday 27th of April 2022

My wife asked me to print a couple of the recipes but all the ads kept covering the content so I just gave up. The ads are very annoying and they slow the web page to a crawl.


Wednesday 27th of April 2022

I'm sorry that happened to you. The ads aren't supposed to cover any content and they won't print. If you use the jump to recipe button and then hit print the ads shouldn't slow you down at all.

Heather Coody

Tuesday 24th of November 2015

I LOVE cornbread in a skillet! And, the blue is SO FUN! I'm heading over to pin it, now... :)


Tuesday 24th of November 2015

Thanks Heather, I thought the blue really gave it some pizzazz!