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Southern Hot Water Cornbread

This Southern Hot Water Cornbread is dense, moist, & delicious. Fried to a golden brown, it is allergy-friendly, flavorful, & beyond tasty!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword hot water cornbread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 78kcal
Author Dina from SimplyHomeCooked.com


  • 1 cup cornmeal fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • Corn oil for frying


  • In a medium-size bowl combine 1 cup of cornmeal, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar. Then four and 3/4 cups of boiling water 
  • Pour about 2 inches of corn oil into a heavy-bottomed pot or pan and bring the heat to about 375 degrees Fahrenheit. You want to measure the temperature of the oil using an instant-read thermometer.
  • Now begin shaping the cornmeal mixture into flat patties. You’ll need about 2 tablespoons of the cornmeal mixture for each patty. 
  • Fry each cornbread patty for about 5 minutes, making sure to turn once. This will give them an even golden crust.  Serve warm with a little bit of butter, honey, or syrup. 


Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Iron: 1mg