Easy Cornbread Stuffing

  • By KJ

A Thanksgiving menu would not be complete without stuffing. 

If you want the traditional dish without the hassle, this Easy Cornbread Stuffing recipe is for you. 

Ditch the drama of stuffing a turkey and make a simple baked stuffing in a few easy steps.  

Toasted sweet cornbread is layered with sautéed veggies and fresh herbs. A splash of chicken stock marries these flavors perfectly, and the stuffing is baked to tantalizing golden perfection.

All the flavor and holiday festivity. None of the “traditional” hassle.

Easy cornbread stuffing in a baking dish on a table.

Easy Cornbread Stuffing

A Thanksgiving menu would not be complete without stuffing. 

If you want the traditional dish without the hassle, this Easy Cornbread Stuffing recipe is for you. 

Ditch the drama of stuffing a turkey and make a simple baked stuffing in a few easy steps.  

Toasted sweet cornbread is layered with sautéed veggies and fresh herbs. A splash of chicken stock marries these flavors perfectly, and the stuffing is baked to tantalizing golden perfection.

All the flavor and holiday festivity. None of the “traditional” hassle.

Easy cornbread stuffing in a baking dish on a table.

Why KJ Loves

Easy Cornbread Stuffing

Easy Cornbread Stuffing

Stuffing doesn’t need to be dry and tasteless. Enter: easy cornbread stuffing! The buttery, nutty taste from the cornbread brings this homey stuffing to life. Perfect for the holiday table! 

Easy Cornbread Stuffing Ingredients

Cornbread (baked)

You can whip up some homemade cornbread, make boxed cornbread, or get store-bought cornbread. Your call!

Butter

I used salted butter for this recipe

Onion (diced)

A white or yellow onion would both work for this stuffing recipe. 

Celery (diced)

Garlic (chopped)

Fresh herbs

Chop up some fresh rosemary and fresh thyme. Make sure you de-stem them first by running your fingers down the herbs to pull the leaves off. I recommend fresh herbs, but if you need to use dried herbs, you can do 2 teaspoons of rosemary and 1 teaspoon of thyme. (Don’t use ground herbs!)

Salt & pepper

Chicken stock

Cubed cornbread on a baking sheet.

Easy Steps for Cornbread Stuffing

1

Cube and toast the cornbread.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 

Cut the cornbread into 2-inch cubes and evenly arrange the cubes on a baking sheet. 

Bake for 5-10 minutes or until the cornbread is toasted and golden brown. Remove the cornbread from the oven and let it cool.

2

Sauté the vegetables and herbs.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the onion and celery. Sauté for several minutes. 

Add in the garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper, and continue to sauté until fragrant, a few minutes more. Remove from the heat.

3

Layer in a pan.

Spray a 2 ½ quart baking dish with cooking spray. 

Working in layers, arrange a little bit of the sautéed vegetable mixture on the bottom of the pan, then add a layer of the cubed cornbread on top of that. 

Keep layering until all the sautéed vegetables and cornbread have been used. I like to save a little bit of the vegetable mixture for the top so it’s colorful and peeking through.

4

Pour chicken stock and bake. 

Evenly pour the chicken stock over the entire prepared stuffing, cover with foil, and bake for 25 minutes. 

Remove the foil and bake the cornbread stuffing until the stuffing is golden brown and delicious.

5

Wash the dishes. How sad.

Sautéd onions and celery in a skillet.

Cornbread Stuffing FAQ

Do you have other stuffing recipes?

If you’re looking for another baked stuffing recipe, try Herbed Croissant Stuffing

What is cornbread stuffing made from?

Cornbread stuffing generally includes toasted or dried cornbread, sautéed vegetables and herbs, and chicken broth.  

What is the difference between cornbread stuffing and cornbread dressing?

Stuffing and dressing are similar dishes. The main difference? Stuffing is cooked inside a turkey, while dressing is baked in a pan. Many people use the terms interchangeably, and it varies based on where you live. We’re calling this “stuffing” since that’s what we do in the Midwest. 😆

Should stuffing be covered when baking?

This stuffing recipe requires you to cover the stuffing for the first part of baking and remove the foil later on so you get a nice golden brown top. 

Easy cornbread stuffing in a baking dish on a table.

What To Serve with Easy Cornbread Stuffing

Need other dishes to serve this Thanksgiving? Meet cornbread stuffing’s tablemates. 

A close-up photo of easy cornbread stuffing.

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Easy cornbread stuffing in a baking dish on a table.

Easy Cornbread Stuffing


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  • Author: KJ & Company -Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

A Thanksgiving menu would not be complete without stuffing. If you want the traditional dish without the hassle, this Easy Cornbread Stuffing recipe is for you. Ditch the drama of stuffing a turkey and make a simple baked stuffing in a few easy steps.  Toasted sweet cornbread is layered with sautéed veggies and fresh herbs. A splash of chicken stock marries these flavors perfectly, and the stuffing is baked to tantalizing golden perfection.All the flavor and holiday festivity. None of the “traditional” hassle.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 15 oz cornbread mix, prepared & baked according to instructions. 
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme,, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups chicken stock

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400. Cube the cornbread  into 2-inch cubes and evenly arrange on a baking sheet. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until the cornbread is perfectly toasted and golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the onion, celery and sauté for several minutes. 
  3. Add in the garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper and continue to sauté until fragrant, a few minutes more. Remove from the heat. Gently toss the cornbread in until evenly coated. 
  4. Spray a 2.5 – 3 quart baking dish with cooking spray. Transfer the cornbread stuffing to the prepared baking dish. 
  5. Evenly pour the chicken stock over the entire prepared stuffing, cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes, or until the stuffing is golden brown and delicious. 
  6. Serve warm and enjoy!

Notes

  1. Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baking

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 287
  • Sugar: 0.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 30.7g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Protein: 4.9g

Keywords: Easy Cornbread Stuffing

Thanksgiving table set up with turkey meatballs, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, salad and pie.

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