Hot Water Cornbread

"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."
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Ready In:
15 patties




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

Questions & Replies

  1. Your recipe sounds easy,but why the egg? Is it to bind the ingredients?


  1. 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.
  2. This is going to be my go-to cornbread for making dressing - crumbly and well-seasoned. Thanks for the posting!
  3. 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.)<br/><br/>Still, incredible recipe.
  4. Made this last night to serve with chili DH had made for this rainy, dreary day and loved it. I'd never even heard of this type of cornbread until I saw it discussed on the Bread Forum and decided to give it a try. It was so easy and so much fun to make and the taste was that rich, yet crusty cornmeal flavor that I love. I did cut the recipe in half as there's only 2 of us and as another reviewer did added 1 teaspoon of baking powder, also added a tablespoon of butter to the frying oil. Everything else I left the same including the salt and it was perfect for us; I'll be using this often.
  5. Omitted the sugar and added a cup of shredded cheese. Was the perfect compliment to our fried chicken and black eyed peas!


  1. add 1tsp baking powder for lighter battter



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