Hot Water Cornbread


This is another favorite from my childhood. It’s a Southern classic. My Dad used to add in shredded sharp cheddar cheese, minced onion, and minced jalapenos to his hot water cornbread mixture before frying. Experiment with the add-ins. The possibilities are endless. I like my hot water cornbread simple, plain. I’ve been known to dip mine in ketchup, but others like them drizzled with honey are maple syrup. They go great with a nice pot of pinto beans.

Hot Water Cornbread

2 cups cornmeal
1 tsp. salt
2 cups boiling water
oil for frying

Add about an inch of oil to a cast iron skillet. Heat oil over medium-high heat.

Meanwhile, combine the cornmeal and salt in a bowl. Add the boiling water and mix well. Let the mixture cool slightly. When the mixture is cool enough to handle, shape into patties by forming a ball with about 2 or 3 tablespoons of the mixture and then flattening it into a 1/2-inch patty with your fingers. Fry the patties in the hot oil in small batches, turning often until golden on both sides. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels.

5 Comments on “Hot Water Cornbread”

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  2. sarasalehsalem says:

    wow that looks crunchy and delicious wanna try it soon

  3. Michael Hall says:

    This is the original recipe my mother had from in the Houston Chronicle in the ’70s. The only thing different is to add butter (Real) to it when you take it out. You also need to start shaping it as soon as you can after you add the water. Just remember you can make as much as you want to make sure the cornmeal and boiling water is the exact amount.

    • Thank you for sharing this information. I’m not sure where my dad’s family got the recipe. My dad remembers hot water cornbread from his childhood (50’s & 60’s). His mom is from East Texas (Athens, Malakoff) and his dad is from San Angelo. My mom’s aunt (from Sapulpa, Oklahoma) had a cafe and made a version of hot water cornbread that included baking powder. I have made her version, but prefer the one I posted. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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