Easy skillet cornbread recipe: Just cornmeal, water, and a little time.

How to Make Delicious Cornbread With Two Simple Ingredients

How to Make Delicious Cornbread With Two Simple Ingredients

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April 14 2015 3:54 PM

How to Make Delicious Cornbread With Just Cornmeal and Water


There are lots of dishes that are improved by a side of cornbread, among them chili, black-eyed peas, and collard greens. But you don’t always have the time or ingredients to make a bread recipe that usually requires flour, baking powder, eggs, milk, and butter, in addition to cornmeal.

Luckily, there is a way to make a quick version of cornbread using only cornmeal and water (plus salt and a little oil or butter for greasing). Skillet cornbread doesn’t have the light, cake-like texture of regular cornbread, but it is deliciously dense, moist, and flavorful. These attributes, combined with its simplicity, might make the recipe in this video your go-to for a weeknight meal side dish.

L.V. Anderson is a former Slate associate editor.

J. Bryan Lowder is a Slate associate editor and the editor of Outward. He covers life, culture, and LGBTQ issues.

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