5 from 3 votes
Southern Cornbread Sticks
Southern Cornbread Sticks
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
36 mins
Total Time
46 mins

Southern Cornbread Sticks are crispy on the outside, and moist and tender on the inside. They are a snap to make and are perfect with soups and stews.

Course: Bread
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 12 cornbread sticks
Calories: 136 kcal
Author: Chula King
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick, 2 ounces) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup (5.5 ounces) yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup (2.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (See Tip 1)
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.

  2. Combine melted butter, buttermilk and egg. Set aside. (See Tip 2)

  3. Whisk together cornmeal, flour, salt, baking soda and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl. Add butter/buttermilk/egg mixture. Stir just until combined. Do not overmix.

  4. Heat cast iron cornstick pan in 450° F oven for 5 minutes or until hot. Remove from oven; brush lightly with vegetable oil. Spoon batter evenly into hot pan. (See Tips 3 and 4)

  5. Bake at 450° F for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven; cool 5 minutes on wire rack. Remove cornbread sticks from pan.

  6. Repeat with remaining batter. Yield: 12 cornbread sticks. (See Tip 5)

Chula's Expert Tips
  1. You can omit the cayenne pepper if you like. In addition, you can increase the amount to 1/4 teaspoon if you want a bit more heat.
  2. When I add the cold buttermilk to the melted butter, the butter starts to solidify. Therefore, before I add the egg, I heat the butter/buttermilk mixture in the microwave for about 45 seconds. This warms the mixture enough so that the butter is still liquid, but not so much that the egg cooks when added to it.
  3. If you don't have a cornstick pan, you can use a well greased regular muffin pan. Bake the cornbread muffins for 18 to 20 minutes in a preheated 400° F oven.
  4. I use a large ice cream scoop to measure out the batter. You could also use a spoon.
  5. Reheat leftovers for about 5 minutes in a 350° F oven.
Nutrition Facts
Southern Cornbread Sticks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 251mg10%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.