Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 6 mins

Just like mom used to make! Try this either hot from the pan as is or with butter and syrup. Posted in response to a recipe request. From the Houston Chronicle. Cooking time approximate.


  1. Mix together the cornmeal, flour, salt and sugar.
  2. Stir in the egg.
  3. Slowly add enough boiling water until you have a thick batter that you can form into patties.
  4. Form into patties and fry in hot oil in a heavy skillet until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Serve immediately.
Most Helpful

My husband is from Texas and his family tough me to make hot water cornbread 25 years ago,and this recipe is close to mine except I add a little baking powder so it's not so heavy.

javonsnanna August 10, 2012

This is going to be my go-to cornbread for making dressing - crumbly and well-seasoned. Thanks for the posting!

Jeffsmom February 22, 2011

I love this recipe. It's chewy on the inside with a crispy skin on the outside. The only problem I have with it is it calls for way too much salt for my taste. I usually use half as much as it calls for (but then again, my family doesn't eat much salt, so maybe I just have a low tolerance for it.)

Still, incredible recipe.

TAHINAZ April 28, 2012

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