Southern Cornbread Dressing

Southern Cornbread Dressing is deliciously moist and wonderfully seasoned with sage, onions, and celery. It’s a classic that makes it to the Thanksgiving table year after year.

Southern Cornbread Dressing


Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and it’s time to start planning that Thanksgiving menu. This year I want the food to be extra good and special since this is the first year my son has been away at college. I miss him dearly and I know he misses my home cooking.

You cook for your boys mamas, and they’ll always want to come home to see you.  🙂

Southern Cornbread Dressing- a must for Thanksgiving


Probably the most looked forward to part of Thanksgiving dinner, besides dessert, is the dressing and it’s not uncommon for us to have more than one kind. I personally really love this Andouille Sausage and Cornbread Stuffing.

This Southern Cornbread Dressing is a more traditional southern dressing made with crumbled cornbread along with lots of onion, celery, and sage. It’s savory, moist, and delicious.

Southern Cornbread Dressing


Since we typically fry our Thanksgiving turkey, I solely use canned broth to make dressing, but if you have turkey drippings, you could add them to the dressing and it will taste even better.

Along with cornbread dressing we love to have Cheesy Green Bean Casserole, mashed potatoes, and Broccoli Casserole for Thanksgiving dinner. And this year I think I’ll add Savory Sweet Potato Casserole to the list. You can never have too many casseroles!

Southern Cornbread Dressing

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Southern Cornbread Dressing
Southern Cornbread Dressing
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hrs

A traditional southern cornbread dressing flavored with onion, celery, and sage. Super moist and flavorful.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 314 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
  • 1 cup self-rising cornmeal, I use Martha White
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour, I use White Lily
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
  • 3 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pieces toast, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients for cornbread. Pour into a lightly greased 9-inch cast iron pan or a 9-inch baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Before using, crumble into small pieces.
  3. Heat butter over medium heat in a large pan. Add celery and onion and cook until soft.
  4. Add sage, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper to onion mixture.
  5. In a large bowl combine crumbled cornbread and toast.
  6. Whisk together milk and eggs and add to bowl. Stir in 2 cups of chicken broth.
  7. Stir in onion mixture. Mixture should be very moist. Add more broth if necessary.
  8. Transfer to a greased baking dish. Cut butter into small slivers and scatter on top of dressing.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until it turns light brown on top.
Recipe Notes

Note: The cornbread should be made a day or two in advance.

Nutrition Facts
Southern Cornbread Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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20 thoughts on “Southern Cornbread Dressing

  1. It’s important to make the cornbread and biscuit a day ahead and either dry them in the oven at a low heat, like 180 degrees for about an hour, or let them sit in the open in the kitchen for a day or two to lose their moisture before making the dressing.

  2. This is perfect dressing! Cornbread dressing is a big deal in the south and being able to make a perfect dressing is a sign of accomplishment. I did leave out the eggs, and used home made biscuits instead of toast, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. We even tripled it for a party and it was almost all gone and people were raving about it. If you are dressing-challenged, this recipe will not let you down!

  3. Why do so many online cornbread dressing recipes call for toast? I am sure my mother did not add toast to hers, in the mid-south. You have the cornbread so what does toast add to it? I do know my mother used sage which makes it so good. thanks, and hope someone sees this question as it has been over a year since the last posting.

    1. The “toast” is for moisture; if you only put cornbread, your dressing will be dry. Some sort of stale French bread or loaf imparts a texture that cornbread cannot, and it helps the dressing to stay moist even when it becomes leftovers.

    2. It’s to help the texture of the dresssing. I don’t know exactly what it does other than to improve the mouth feel of the dish.

  4. This dressing sounds very close to mine. I am terrible with measuring, though! I add a dash of this and a shake of that. Lol. I like to add boiled chicken and boiled eggs to mine, too!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. This stuffing looks so perfect, Christin! I rarely get the stuffing job because it’s my mother-in-law’s every year, but when I make some, I’m trying this!

  6. Aaaw, you must be so happy to see your son soon. I hope my son comes home often if he goes away for school. I know I still LOVE going home for my mom’s food 🙂 This dressing looks incredible!!

    1. In reference to the question regarding the use of toast in the dressing recipes: I agree that our grandmothers did not use toast in their dressing, they most likely used leftover biscuit as there was always homemade biscuits for breakfast in southern kitchens with a few left over and these were oh so good even cold. Back in the days of the traditional southern cooks there was not anything wasted and they were so creative to use what they had, making fabulous meals for their families.

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