Colorful red bell pepper and thinly sliced okra add an exciting element in this cast-iron skillet cornbread recipe. Serve the cornbread in wedges alongside chili, baked beans or barbecued chicken or pork.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2014


Recipe Summary

55 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Add oil to a 10-inch cast-iron skillet (or 2-quart metal baking dish) and place in the preheating oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, whisk cornmeal, baking soda and salt in a large, heatproof bowl. Add okra, onion and bell pepper and toss to coat. Whisk buttermilk and egg in another bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

  • Carefully remove the heated skillet (or pan) from the oven and pour the hot oil into the batter. Stir to combine, then pour the batter back into the hot pan. Bake until starting to brown around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Cut into 12 slices and serve warm.


Make Ahead Tip: Cool, cover and store at room temperature for up to 1 day or wrap airtight and freeze for up to 1 month.

Buttermilk is a thick, tangy cow's-milk dairy product great for baking, salad dressings and marinades. Low-fat and nonfat versions can be used interchangeably in most recipes. Look for it in quart containers in the dairy section of the supermarket. In a pinch, you can make a substitute: Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar into 1 cup low-fat or nonfat milk.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice
123 calories; protein 3.8g; carbohydrates 19g; dietary fiber 1.9g; sugars 2.7g; fat 3.8g; saturated fat 0.8g; cholesterol 17.1mg; vitamin a iu 293.4IU; vitamin c 8.9mg; folate 16.9mcg; calcium 58.8mg; iron 0.9mg; magnesium 36.2mg; potassium 166.9mg; sodium 390.2mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

1 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 fat