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Spoon Bread

This Spoon Bread recipe makes the best Southern-inspired comfort food! A custardy cornmeal base is blended with sour cream for a touch of richness, and you’ll tuck in creamed corn for a little crunch. Great for holiday meals!

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Moist and fluffy spoon bread is pure comfort food! It’s packed with juicy creamed corn and sour cream for richness. Even better, it comes together quickly, making it a wonderful weeknight option, although it’s just as welcome on the holiday table.

Why We Love This Spoon Bread Recipe

  • Easy ingredients: If you have cornmeal, you’re all set to make this recipe! Simple pantry ingredients like cornmeal, flour, and canned cream corn, plus a few fridge staples, will help you make this dish fast.
  • So cozy: This rich and creamy souffle-like bread is reminiscent of cornbread but it’s less structured.
  • Wonderful texture: Spoon bread bakes up luxuriously smooth and makes a tasty side for sturdier main dishes like roasts or BBQ meats.

What Is Spoon Bread?

Spoon bread is a Southern dish made with cornmeal. It’s similar to cornbread, but a lot more custardy, and is served scooped out with a spoon rather than in slices. It’s traditionally made without sugar, although I add a hint of powdered sugar to my recipe for a little sweetness. This bread recipe works perfectly as a side dish and is especially nice on the holiday table. I love to top a serving of spoon bread with honey to add a touch of extra sweetness, but you can go the savory route and add a dollop of sour cream.

Ingredients needed for spoon bread are shown: baking powder, flour, cornmeal, butter, creamed corn, eggs, powdered sugar, water.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a look at what you’ll need to make this spoon bread recipe. Please refer to the recipe card at the end of this post for detailed amounts and instructions.

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Yellow Cornmeal – Use finely ground cornmeal for the best texture.
  • Powdered Sugar – You can omit the sugar if you like a less sweet spoon bread.
  • Salt – I use Kosher salt in this recipe.
  • Boiling Water – The boiling water helps hydrate the batter and makes it come together.
  • Milk – Use whole milk for richness.
  • Sour Cream – You can use whole-fat or low-fat sour cream.
  • Butter – I prefer to use unsalted butter. If you use salted butter, reduce the amount of added salt so it’s not too salty.
  • Canned Creamed Corn – Or use a can of corn.
  • Baking Powder
  • Eggs – Use large eggs.
  • Toppings – Sour cream and honey.
Spoon Bread served on a plate and topped with sour cream.

How To Make Spoon Bread

Here’s how I make this comforting bread recipe. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or new to the kitchen, these instructions will lead you to a delicious and warm dish.

  1. Prep: Preheat your oven to 400°F and grease a casserole dish.
  2. Make dry mix: Whisk together the all-purpose flour, cornmeal, powdered sugar, and salt. Add the boiling water.
  3. Add milk: Whisk in the milk until smooth.
  4. Add sour cream: Stir in the sour cream and melted butter.
  5. Mix in corn: Stir in the creamed corn and baking powder.
  6. Add eggs: Crack the eggs directly into the batter and whisk until smooth.
  7. Bake: Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until set.
  8. Cool and serve: Remove the spoon bread from the oven, cool a little, then serve topped with sour cream and honey.
Serving spoon resting next to a baked bread in a casserole dish.

Tips for Success

  • Whisk well. Thoroughly mix the batter before you pour it into the baking pan. This will ensure there are no clumps of cornmeal or flour, which will affect the overall consistency of the spoon bread. You want it to be smooth.
  • Sugar. Traditional recipes for spoon bread don’t call for any sugar, so you can easily leave out the powdered sugar if you wish. On the other hand, if you want to turn this spoon bread into more of a dessert, you can add more sugar! Or, try honey instead of powdered sugar for a touch of natural sweetness.
  • Toss in some bacon. Add cooked, crumbled bacon to the batter for a salty hint of heartiness.
  • Use fresh or frozen corn. Instead of the canned creamed corn, try adding 8 ounces of fresh or frozen corn to the batter.
Spoon Bread served on a plate and topped with sour cream.

Serving Suggestions

You can easily find many sweet or savory ways to serve spoon bread! It’s perfect with a Whole Roast Turkey or Roast Turkey with Stuffing. Make Whole Roast Chicken with Fall Vegetables and add a pan of warm spoon bread as a creamy side! For a crunch, serve it with vegetable sides like Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots, Garlic Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and Roasted Sugar Snap Peas. This recipe could work as a rustic dessert! Add extra sugar to the batter and serve warm portions topped with a dollop of whipped cream and berries.

How to Store & Reheat Leftovers

  • Fridge – Place the cooled, leftover spoon bread in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat – You can reheat it in the oven: place it in an oven-safe baking dish, cover it with foil to prevent it from drying out, and heat it at 350°F until heated through. Or, place a portion of spoon bread in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it in 30-second increments until hot.

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5 from 6 votes

Spoon Bread

This Spoon Bread recipe makes the best Southern-inspired comfort food! A custardy cornmeal base is blended with sour cream for a touch of richness, with creamed corn for a little crunch.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spoon bread, spoon bread recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 264kcal


  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • cups boiling water
  • cups whole milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more melted butter for greasing the baking dish
  • 8.5 ounces can of creamed corn
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • sour cream, for topping
  • honey, for topping


  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. Grease a 10-inch oval baking casserole dish with a tablespoon of melted butter. Set aside.
  • Combine the all-purpose flour, yellow cornmeal, powdered sugar, and Kosher salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour the boiling water over the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Allow it to cool slightly for one minute.
  • Gradually add the whole milk to the mixture, whisking thoroughly to eliminate any lumps. Ensure a smooth consistency.
  • Stir in the sour cream and melted butter until fully blended.
  • Add the creamed corn and baking powder, mixing thoroughly to incorporate all the ingredients evenly.
  • Crack all three large eggs directly into the batter. Gently whisk the eggs into the mixture until a cohesive and smooth consistency is achieved. Pour the batter into the baking dish, smoothing the top with a spatula for even baking.
  • Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the bread is set and golden brown on top.
  • Once baked, remove the Spoon Bread from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Serve it warm, topped with a dollop of sour cream and a drizzle of honey.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 447mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 489IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 1mg


  • Beth
    Mar 12, 2024 at 3:07 pm

    5 stars
    This is AH-mazing! I’d never even heard of spoon bread until I found this recipe. It sounded great, so I made it last night. It’s gone already!

    • Katerina
      Mar 13, 2024 at 3:26 pm

      It’s wonderful to hear you had such a fantastic experience with spoon bread! Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Sandra
    Mar 12, 2024 at 8:28 pm

    5 stars
    Love this spoon bread! It’s so creamy and flavorful! Definitely making this again soon!

    • Katerina
      Mar 13, 2024 at 3:24 pm

      I’m thrilled to hear you loved the spoon bread and found it creamy and flavorful! It’s great that you’re planning to make it again. Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
    Mar 13, 2024 at 10:40 am

    5 stars
    It was so good! Can’t wait to make this again!

    • Katerina
      Mar 13, 2024 at 3:23 pm

      Thank YOU! I am very glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  • Janelle
    Mar 13, 2024 at 12:37 pm

    5 stars
    Oh man this stuff is dangerous. I can’t stop eating it haha!

    • Katerina
      Mar 13, 2024 at 3:23 pm

      It sounds like you’ve found something incredibly tasty! Thank YOU! 🙂

  • Catalina
    Mar 13, 2024 at 1:07 pm

    5 stars
    I made Spoon Bread for the first time using your recipe, and I was amazed at how delicious and comforting it was!

    • Katerina
      Mar 13, 2024 at 3:22 pm

      I’m delighted to hear that your first attempt at making Spoon Bread was a success and that you found it delicious and comforting! It’s always rewarding to try a new recipe and have it turn out wonderfully. Thank YOU! 🙂

  • April
    Mar 13, 2024 at 3:54 pm

    5 stars
    This was amazing! We loved every bite.

    • Katerina
      Mar 14, 2024 at 12:51 pm

      Thank you so much! I am very glad to hear you and your family enjoyed it! 🙂


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