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How to Make Hot Water Cornbread

Hi everyone

Today I’m going to show you how to make hot water cornbread.

Hot water cornbread is the perfect side dish for pinto beans, white beans, black eyed peas and red beans and rice.

Though I have no problem eating it all on its own!

I love that with hot water cornbread you don’t have to fuss with all the other ingredients like milk, baking powder, eggs, etc.

All you need is cornmeal mix, boiling water and oil.

It is so simple and simple is just what I need when I always have two toddlers waiting impatiently at the kitchen gate. 

learn how to make hot water cornbread

All you have to do is mix the cornmeal and salt together while waiting for the water to come to a boil.

Once boiling add it to the cornmeal mix and mix until there are no dry clumps.

Heat up enough oil to fry the cornbread.

Once oil sizzles use a large mixing spoon to drop a spoonful of the cornmeal mix into the oil.

Use the back of a spatula to flatten out the cornmeal mix.

frying hot water cornbread

Once the cornbread is browned on the bottom flip it over.

I also like using a spatula to flick oil onto the top side so it can continue to brown.

frying hot water cornbread

After frying drain each cornbread patty on a paper towel lined baking sheet.

I use the cornmeal mix by WhiteLily and I really like it.

Even though I’m sure it’s not very healthy I love fried cornbread so much more than baked.

I love how it gets that crunchy texture on the outside, it’s the best part!

hot water cornbread

I hope you enjoyed reading how to make hot water cornbread and hopefully you will make it soon.

If you do let me know how it turns out, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thank you so much for visiting!

I’ll be back soon!

hot water cornbread
4.56 from 9 votes

Hot Water Cornbread

Hot water cornbread is the perfect side dish for greens and pinto beans

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword hot water cornbread
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 10 patties
Calories 118 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 2 cups cornmeal mix
  • 2- 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon salt optional
  • oil for frying


  1. In a mixing bowl add cornmeal mix and salt. Mix well.
  2. In a pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
  3. When water begins to boil pour it into the cornmeal mix and stir well until the cornmeal mix is moist.(Add more boiling water to cornmeal if needed)
  4. Fill a cast iron skillet half way with oil and heat over medium high.
  5. When oil is hot, drop a spoonful of the cornmeal mixture into the oil, flatten it a little with the back of a spatula.
  6. Fry each side until golden brown.
  7. Transfer to a paper towel lined baking sheet to drain.
Nutrition Facts
Hot Water Cornbread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118
% Daily Value*
Sodium 686mg30%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Calcium 105mg11%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Monday 3rd of July 2023

Add onions too. I just cooked this with catfish and coleslaw

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