Healthy Cornbread Stuffing Recipes

Whether you call it dressing or stuffing, the cornbread version is a classic favorite. We have recipes to make it traditional, dressed up, gluten-free and even vegan.

Staff Picks

Cornbread & Oyster-Mushroom Stuffing

Rating: 5 stars
Mushrooms are a rich, meaty addition in this healthy cornbread stuffing recipe. Here we use oyster mushrooms, but you can use any variety you like. If you have time, bake the cornbread a day or two in advance so it has time to dry out a bit, which lets it absorb the flavors more readily.

Herbed Cornbread Dressing

Cornbread studded with plenty of herbs gives this classic stuffing a subtly sweet flavor.

Sage Cornbread Dressing

This sage cornbread dressing can be made ahead of time for Thanksgiving. If you have it, leftover turkey stock can be used to moisten the cornbread.
By Virginia Willis

Cornbread Stuffing with Brussels Sprouts & Squash

Rating: 4.25 stars
Brussels sprouts and winter squash make this cornbread stuffing look and taste great. You may need to bake two batches of cornbread to have 2 pounds for this recipe--you can even make it the day before.

Cornbread & Sausage Stuffing

Rating: 4.6 stars
Cornbread stuffing, a Southern favorite, is a nice change from more traditional white-bread stuffing. Our delectable recipe uses Italian turkey sausage, rather than pork, and omits all the butter and cream to cut the fat by two-thirds. The stuffing is lower in sodium as well and so easy to make that it's sure to become a favorite side year-round.

Herbed Cornbread Stuffing

This healthy cornbread stuffing recipe is a favorite, thanks to the flavor from herbs, shallots, celery and apples. For perfect texture--a little soft, a little crispy--bake the cornbread at least a day ahead. To save time, you can use 12 cups (about 2 pounds) of crumbled day-old store-bought cornbread.

Vegan Cornbread Stuffing

Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, now this classic side dish is available to everyone. We love the deep flavor of cornbread in this entirely plant-based recipe. Our secret to getting that traditional flavor without chicken broth or turkey stock is adding in poultry seasoning--despite the name, there is no poultry in it!

Mushroom-Cornbread Stuffing

This healthy mushroom-and-leek cornbread stuffing recipe is a lightened-up version of the must-have holiday side. Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, you can make this recipe moist or crispy. If you're an extra-moist-stuffing type, bake it covered for the full 50 minutes; if you like some crispy bits on top, follow the recipe as written: bake covered for about 30 minutes, then uncovered for an additional 20 minutes.

Cornbread & Apple Stuffing

Rating: 3.5 stars
Redolent of sage and thyme, this cornbread stuffing has chunks of apples and raisins for sweet balance.

Fennel Cornbread Stuffing

This unique cornbread stuffing is seasoned with sweet fennel and kohlrabi. Starting with a packaged corn muffin mix saves prep time and allows you to focus on other holiday dishes while this bakes in the oven.

Cornbread Stuffing

Rating: 3.5 stars
This sturdy cornbread works well in stuffing.

Crescent City Cornbread Dressing

This jazzed-up Southern cornbread dressing is made with Louisiana chef Frank Brigtsen's cornbread, which is sweet and flecked with scallions and jalapeños. If you want to streamline the dish, use store-bought cornbread.
By Frank Brigtsen

Inspiration and Ideas

Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing
Sage and sausage add a burst of flavor to this healthy side dish. Plus, you'll omit a couple dishes from Thanksgiving cleanup--this gluten-free dressing recipe uses just one skillet.
Cornbread Stuffing with Currants & Walnuts
Flecked with fresh herbs and dried currants, this corn bread stuffing is a nice alternative to regular bread stuffing.