Cornbread is just a staple in the South. There aren’t many meals that aren’t perfectly complemented by a golden brown skillet of it. That said, we do have our variations. And Hot Water Cornbread is one of them.
We Southerners do “fried” cornbread several ways. My mama always made what she called “Fried Cornbread” which was a most delicious cornbread made with cornmeal and buttermilk that you simply fried. It was a constant alongside homemade vegetable soup and often made an appearance beside chili too. It’s also great to pile some greens or beans right on top of.
This is another variation, which produces a little bit lighter textured bread. Now, there are 100 different ways to do this. Some recipes call for you to make a thick dough and form it in your hands before frying. I think this method with a pourable batter easier, neater, and I like the crispy exterior better.
The recipe calls for self-rising cornmeal. That’s what my mama has always used, so that’s what I use. However I realize it’s not readily available across the country (and dare I say world), so I’ve added a note to the recipe on how to make your own. Y’all enjoy!
Hot Water Cornbread Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 15 mins Author: Stacey Little | Southern Bite Serves: 12 to 14 pieces Ingredients 2 cups self-rising cornmeal 1½ to 2 cups boiling water vegetable oil for frying Instructions Pour about ½ inch of oil into a heavy-bottomed skillet. Heat the oil to about 350° or until glistening but not smoking. In a large bowl combine the self-rising corn meal with about 1½ cups of boiling water. Carefully stir to combine. The batter should be pourable. Add additional water until you reach the consistency of thick pancake batter. Different corn meals will require different amounts of water. Start with less and add more if you need it. Once ...