In this article, we are going to discuss how to prepare easy Jiffy fried cornbread mix

Since I’ve always lived in the South, every Southern recipe is in my blood. At the very least, this Southern Fried Cornbread Patties recipe is. This was a favorite at my Grandma’s house when I was a child!

Grandma used to make “pepper patties.” It was simply fried cornbread with hot peppers strewn throughout. It was my aunt’s usual cornbread batter thinned with extra buttermilk, according to her.

The cornbread didn’t puff up too much because of the thin batter. It came out flat and crispy when it was fried. Especially at the edges. I recall examining bits before taking a bite to make sure there were no hot pepper pieces!

Now, I want to emphasize that this is not cornbread made with hot water. There seems to be some ambiguity there at all times. Plain cornmeal, salt, possibly a little sugar, and hot water are everything you need to make hot water cornbread.

This is just what Southern Fried Cornbread Patties are. Instead of being baked, cornbread batter is fried. You could make hush puppies by adding diced onions and deep-frying them. This, though, is skillet-fried cornbread.

The only difference I make between fried and baked is that I make the fried batter thinner. In the same way that my grandmother did. The buttermilk in the recipe below is for cornbread, so change it to your preference.

Mixture of Southern Cornbreads

This recipe uses the same ingredients as the cornbread mix. The first five ingredients in the recipe are as follows.

We can buy pre-made cornbread mixes in the South. Cornmeal, flour, salt, and leavening are the main ingredients. If cornbread mix is available in your town, use it instead and make the batter according to the instructions on the package.

Southern Fried Cornbread Patties Recipe

These Southern Fried Cornbread Patties are equally good with turnip greens or syrup for breakfast.

Course Side

Dish Cuisine American Keyword Southern Fried Cornbread Patties Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 25 minutes Servings 6 Calories 195 kcal


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal fresh, and preferably stone-ground
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar optional
  • 1/4 cup corn oil or plain vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Put the skillet on your stovetop to preheat.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients except for the baking soda in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, mix the buttermilk and the baking soda.
  4. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, beat the egg with the sugar until combined.
  6. Add the oil and mix until combined.
  7. Pour this mixture into the buttermilk/baking soda, and mix.
  8. When the skillet is preheated, toss the butter into the skillet and let it melt.
  9. Meanwhile, pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix in as few strokes as it takes to just make the dough come together.
  10. Swirl around the skillet to get the butter covering the bottom well.
  11. Spoon the batter immediately into the pan. Allow the patty to brown well on the first side and then flip and brown the other side. About 5 minutes total time.
  12. Remove to paper towels to absorb excess fat. Repeat until all the batter is used.
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Fried Cornbread Patties For Breakfast?

Got leftovers? Well in the South these Southern Fried Cornbread Patties are just as likely to show up on the breakfast table with syrup as they are for supper with turnip greens.

Just reheat, add a pat or two of butter and some syrup.

Jiffy Fried Cornbread

Is Jiffy corn muffin mix the same as cornmeal? Well, not exactly. If you check the ingredients list of Jiffy Mix the first ingredient is flour and it also contains sugar. Southern cornbread mix has no sugar and the primary ingredient is cornmeal.

Can I substitute Jiffy Mix for cornmeal? Absolutely. It’s not exactly the same but it’s probably close enough. Just follow the instructions on the box and fry it up!

Whether you use Jiffy Mix or not I don’t think you’ll be sorry if you give this Southern Fried Cornbread Patties Recipe a try.


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