This healthy skillet cornbread recipe looks similar to an upside-down cake. To make it special, artfully arrange the sautéed onions in the pan before pouring the batter in. Serve with soft butter, if desired.

Virginia Willis
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2017


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 10 mins


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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Use a pastry brush to spread the oil over the bottom and up the sides. When the pan is very hot, add onion and cook, without stirring, until golden brown and even lightly charred on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes. Drizzle in 1 tablespoon oil and stir so the browned onion is on top and unbrowned onion is on the bottom. Remove from heat.

  • Meanwhile, whisk cornmeal, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk buttermilk, egg and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large measuring cup. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Slowly pour the batter over the onion.

  • Bake the cornbread until golden brown, 35 to 45 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen it. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes. Place a cutting board over the pan. Wearing oven mitts, turn the pan over to release the cornbread onto the board. Cut into 12 slices.


To make ahead: Store airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

134 calories; protein 3.7g 8% DV; carbohydrates 19.4g 6% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 1.8g 7% DV; sugars 2.9g; fat 4.9g 8% DV; saturated fat 0.9g 5% DV; cholesterol 17.1mg 6% DV; vitamin a iu 85.6IU 2% DV; vitamin c 1.8mg 3% DV; folate 12.7mcg 3% DV; calcium 55.3mg 6% DV; iron 0.8mg 5% DV; magnesium 32.7mg 12% DV; potassium 153.4mg 4% DV; sodium 333.8mg 13% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
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Rating: 5 stars
I tried this and found it delicious. I do like my cornbread a bit sweeter so I added a couple of tablespoons of sugar. I used coarse ground cornmeal and after a day or two the cake itself got a bit dry. I used buttermilk in lieu of milk. I might add some cheese and sour cream for more moistness. Read More