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Sweet Potato Cornbread

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Jazz up your cornbread game with this super easy, moist, and delish Sweet Potato Cornbread! Infused with sweet potato flavor, this is a tasty addition to just about any meal!

Sweet Potato Cornbread in a black skillet.

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Infused with sweet potato flavor, this amazing Sweet Potato Cornbread is the perfect way to use up leftover sweet potatoes, but it’s also great when you make the taters just for this recipe! It’s moist and flavorful, not too sweet, and not too crumbly. It’s pretty nearly perfect!

What you’ll love about Sweet Potato Cornbread


  • It’s quick and easy to make.
  • Perfect use of leftover sweet potatoes!
  • This Sweet Potato Cornbread recipe freezes fabulously!

Southerners love their cornbread, and after living 20 years in Texas, I got to know my way around cornbread. Let me tell you, this recipe is a keeper! It’s easy to make, and the flecks of orange sweet potato running through it are so pretty!

Whether you bake this cornbread in a cast iron skillet or just a baking dish, I just know you and your family will love it!

Sweet potato cornbread wedge on a black plate.

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil – Use a good quality cooking oil.
  • Cooked sweet potatoes – I’ve done this recipe with both boiled and baked sweet potatoes. Baked sweet potatoes give the cornbread much more flavor.
  • Eggs – Lightly beaten.
  • Buttermilk – Buttermilk adds richness to the cornbread, but you can use regular milk, too.
  • Cornmeal – Look for finely ground cornmeal.
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar – White granulated sugar.
  • Baking powder – Make sure it’s not expired!
  • Salt – I use kosher salt. Use half the recommended amount if you’re using table salt.
  • Ground nutmeg – For the best flavor, use whole nutmeg and grate it yourself with a microplane grater.
Labeled Sweet Potato Cornbread ingredients.

How To Make The Best Sweet Potato Cornbread

For a full list of ingredients and instructions, please scroll down to the recipe near the bottom of this page.

  1. Preheat your oven to 450-F and lightly oil a cast iron skillet or spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the sweet potato, eggs, oil, and buttermilk in a bowl. Mix well.
  3. Whisk the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg together in a larger bowl.
  4. Add the potato mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Don’t overmix.
  5. Pour the batter into your prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 450-F for about 20 minutes or until puffed and starting to crack.
  7. Transfer the cornbread to a cooling rack as soon as it is cool enough to handle safely.
  8. Serve with gobs of butter and honey, and enjoy!

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Don’t overcook cornbread! You know cornbread is cooked when it is cracking on the top and is firm but still a bit bouncy to the touch.
  • For the best sweet potato flavor, use mashed leftover roasted or baked sweet potatoes.
  • No buttermilk? You can still get a tangy flavor with a combination of 2/3 milk and 1/3 full-fat sour cream.

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Serving Suggestions

Wondering what to serve with Sweet Potato Cornbread? I love pairing it with a hearty soup, with BBQ, or a satisfying stew. This cornbread is also delicious on its own or next to a crisp salad, and with a Cranberry Old Fashioned, it’s a festive meal. It’s versatile and delicious, and it freezes well!

Storage

Cornbread is best eaten fresh. There’s nothing quite like still warm cornbread just out of the oven. If you do want to keep it around, pop it into the freezer as soon as it is cool. It’ll keep nicely in the freezer – if well wrapped – for up to a month.

Step By Step Process

Sweet Potato Cornbread in a black skillet.
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5 from 6 votes

Sweet Potato Cornbread

Infused with the flavor of sweet potatoes, this Sweet Potato Cornbread is doubly delicious! Moist, and easy to make, it's great with soups, salads, BBQ, and more!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, corn, cornbread, sweet potato, sweet potato cornbread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 251kcal
Author Chef Jenn

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup cooked sweet potato
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/4 cups cornmeal fine grind
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt use half as much table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 450-F and lightly oil a cast iron skillet or spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Combe the sweet potato, eggs, oil, and buttermilk in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Whisk the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg together in a larger bowl.
  • Add the potato mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Don't overmix.
  • Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake at 450-F for about 20 minutes or until puffed and starting to crack.
  • Transfer the cornbread to a cooling rack as soon as it is cool enough to handle safely.
  • Serve with gobs of butter and honey, and enjoy!

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Don’t overcook cornbread! You know cornbread is cooked when it is cracking on the top and is firm but still a bit bouncy to the touch.
  • For the best sweet potato flavor, use mashed leftover roasted or baked sweet potatoes.
  • No buttermilk? You can still get a tangy flavor with a combination of 2/3 milk and 1/3 full-fat sour cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 1wedge | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 513mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1309IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 2mg

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5 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Cornbread”

  1. 5 stars
    This came just in time! We got a bunch of sweet potatoes – but before I read this I never would have thought of incorporating them into cornbread. Absolutely love this recipe and it turned out moist and delicious!

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  2. 5 stars
    Sweet Potato Cornbread is one of our favorites! Your recipe is great. I had never used buttermilk or nutmeg in it before. That little extra tang from the buttermilk is great against the sweetness and the nutmeg is a perfect accent. Great recipe. Thanks!

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  3. 5 stars
    This looks absolutely amazing! I love the addition of sweet potato as a change up to traditional cornbread. The perfect addition to fall!

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  4. 5 stars
    This sweet potato cornbread was delightful! The texture was perfect and the flavor was awesome! I’m definitely going to make this again

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