Hot Water Cornbread

Southern Water Cornbread -  warm, crispy edges and soft center fried cornmeal patties that serves as snacks and a wonderful side to any greens, beans, soups and even fried dishes. So easy to make with less ingredients!

Course Side
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 - 15 patties
Calories 119 kcal
Author Immaculate Bites


  • 2 cups Cornmeal (Yellow or White)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup grated onion or chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup ( or more ) Boiling Water


  1. In a large bowl, mix cornmeal, salt, sugar, grated onion, melted butter. Add boiling water. Through mix until cornbread mixture is smooth.

  2. Heat oil in a cast iron or frying pan over medium high heat.

  3. If using your hands, wet them then scoop about 3 tablespoons each of the batter into the palm of your hand. If mixture crumbles, add more water. Flatten then gently drop into batter. Or use a spoon to drop into oil.

  4. Fry each cornbread until brown and crisp; turn with a spatula, and then brown the other side about 3-5 minutes.

  5. Remove, drain on paper towels and serve immediately with greens, pinto beans or for breakfast.