What to Eat With Cornbread

Sweet, fluffy, and delicious, cornbread is a staple in many people’s households – including ours! But if it’s your first time making it or you’re tired of your same go-to’s, you might wonder what to eat with cornbread. Don’t worry – as always, I’ve got you covered!

My name is Michelle, and I’m an avid home baker – but I also love to cook meals. That said, I have made my fair share of cornbread, and I’ve found the absolute best things to eat with it.

There are many yummy things to eat with cornbread. Soups, stews, chili, and meat are the most common things to eat with cornbread. However, you can also eat it with barbecue, toppings like honey or butter, vegetables, ice cream, pot pie, and breakfast staples.

Ready for some inspiration? Check out my top ten things to eat with cornbread below!

10 Things to Eat With Cornbread

There is just something so yummy about cornbread. It’s easy to make and has that little pinch of nostalgia, too, which is why it’s such a common treat across the globe. 

What should you eat it with, though? Here are my top ten suggestions.

1. Any Kind of Soup

There is something undeniably comforting about cornbread and soup. They’re a match made in heaven, just like peanut butter and jelly.

Whether you go with a mild and creamy soup like potato soup or dip your spoon into something spicier, like roasted tomato or taco soup, you can’t go wrong pairing it with a slab of cornbread. 

If you’re preparing the menu for soup night, don’t forget to add “cornbread” to the lineup!

2. Stew, Too

If cornbread is the ideal complement to soup, it’s easy to see why it’s a winner for stews, too. Stew is essentially a “chunkier” soup. While soup focuses heavily on the broth/liquid, stew pays more attention to the ingredients – with less liquid in tow.

Again, cornbread can be served with any type of stew. Whether it’s a hearty chicken stew on a fall afternoon or a flavorful Louisiana-style gumbo, you can serve it right next to a piece of cornbread – it’s sure to be a hit!

3. Chili

Now, you know you couldn’t read through this whole list without me mentioning chili!

Chili and cornbread are the perfect match.

The spiciness of the chili is beautifully offset by the sweetness of the cornbread, making it a spectacular meal you’ll want to eat every night of the week.

If you haven’t tried chili and cornbread, do it ASAP – you won’t regret it!

4. Meat

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned home-cooked meal involving meat.

Whether you’re making pork chops with gravy or a t-bone steak, you can’t go wrong with having cornbread as one of the side dishes.

5. Barbecue

Are you planning an upcoming barbecue with family and friends? 

Then you likely have plenty of items on your bbq menu, whether it’s barbecue ribs, smoked turkey, baked beans, corn on the cob, or all of the above.

But make sure you don’t forget the cornbread!

The sweet and somewhat spicy flavor of barbecue sauce is the ideal complement to the overly sweet and succulent cornbread. Trust me, you add a piece of cornbread to your plate of barbecue, and you’ll never think twice about doing it again!

6. Honey/Butter/Jam

Some people may have stumbled onto this article in hopes of finding something quick and easy they can throw together with their cornbread.

Sound like you?

Then this suggestion is for you.

If you want cornbread to remain the star of the show but want to kick things up a notch, one quick way to do it is to toss some honey, butter, or jam on top. So good.

7. Sauteed Vegetables

So you want to be a bit healthier?

No problem!

Go ahead and grab your favorite vegetables – kale, spinach, zucchini, etc. Then, sautee them in a pan with your preferred oil. Finally, plop them on a plate next to your cornbread.

Enjoy a relatively healthy meal or snack with unique and distinct flavors. 

8. Ice Cream

I know what you’re thinking – “Michelle must have lost her mind.”

But, come on. People are adding all types of unique treats to their ice cream, such as bacon. Why not add some cornbread, too?

Cornbread is incredibly sweet and scrumptious. It will add just the right amount of flavor and crumbly texture to your ice cream.

Don’t believe me? Go combine cornbread with your favorite kind of ice cream. Come back here and tell me how incredible it was.

9. Pot Pies

Warm, creamy, and filled with your favorite ingredients, pot pie is one of the most delicious meals on the planet – and it has been for many years. (After all, most of us remember chowing down on our Grandmother’s chicken pot pie!)

Well, now picture your favorite pot pie with a side of sweet and yummy cornbread.

Yeah, I don’t need to say anything more.

10. Eggs, Sausage, Bacon

Did you know that cornbread isn’t just for dinners like soups, stews, and barbecues?

It can also be an excellent addition to your breakfast favorites, too!

All you need to do is create a plate of bacon, sausage, and eggs. Then, place a piece of cornbread on the side. Eat it all together and enjoy a filling breakfast, unlike anything you’ve tasted!


Now you know the best things to eat with your next batch of cornbread! But wait, don’t take off just yet. I have included a couple of frequently asked questions so you can learn more about this fun topic. Let’s dive in!

What goes with cornbread for breakfast?

All of your favorite breakfast staples pair well with eggs! Keep it simple by slabbing some jam on the cornbread. Or, create an entire meal that pairs with cornbread, such as eggs, bacon, sausage, and hashbrowns!

What does cornbread do for your body?

Although cornbread might not taste super healthy, it’s actually quite good for the body! Cornbread is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and whole grains that can improve your overall health.

Is cornbread a side dish?

Cornbread is a very popular food item that is typically served as a side dish. However, you can also make cornbread the star of the show by pairing it with honey, butter, jam, or other toppings, eaten as a snack.

Cornbread Can Be Eaten With Just About Anything!

Cornbread is a delicious food item that can be eaten with almost anything. However, it’s most commonly served alongside soups, stews, chili, and barbecued foods.

What do you like to eat with your cornbread? Comment below!

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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