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Hoecakes or Fried Cornbread – The Southern Lady Cooks

Hoecakes, also known as fried cornbread, is a classic that goes with almost anything! We have hoecakes year round with many different meals.

Hoecakes or Fried Cornbread

Hoecakes go with anything, but we love them best with soup or stew. This Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup is a favorite!


Hoecakes are a classic and have been around for many, many years. Plus, fried cornbread is so versatile. You can serve it with a hearty dish, like soup beans or you can have it for breakfast with butter and syrup. Hoecakes go with just about anything and they are only a few ingredients.


  • Self-rising cornmeal
  • Buttermilk
  • Egg
  • Salt
  • Oil, I use canola oil, olive oil or bacon grease


You can use regular milk to make these but they are best and authentic made with buttermilk. You can use whatever oil you prefer, bacon grease or lard.


Making hoecakes is really simple, and we have been making them for so long, we can make them in just a few minutes.


Step 1
Mix meal, milk, egg and salt together.

Step 2
Drop by spoonful into hot oil. Brown on one side, then turn and fry until golden brown on both sides.


If you can’t find self-rising cornmeal, here is our recipe on how to make your own!


If you have followed our site for any amount of time, then you know we love cornbread. It goes with any dish, and we have many different recipes. Here are a few of our favorites!

Hoecakes or Fried Cornbread


What is the difference between a hoecake and cornbread?

A hoecake is basically fried cornbread instead of baked. Hoecakes are fried like a pancake and can be served with syrup or honey or savory with collard greens or soup.

Are hoecakes and Johnny cakes the same thing?

Most are regional differences as in where they originated. The johnny cake originated in the Caribbean.

Are these fluffy like a pancake?

No, they are flat and crisp and don’t rise.


We store in an airtight container and heat for a few seconds in the microwave.


We enjoy hoecakes as a side to soup or stew or hearty dish. That is our favorite way to enjoy hoecakes. Some people enjoy them for breakfast with butter and syrup. They are wonderful both ways. Make them for breakfast and then serve what is left over with a a delicious crock pot soup that afternoon!


This recipe makes about 10 hoecakes, depending on the size you make them. You can easily double this recipe!

Southern Cornmeal Hoecakes

Anne Walkup

Hoecakes are a southern staple! Only a few ingredients, delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We love them both with a hearty soup or stew. Cornmeal cakes fried in a skillet.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 25 minutes

Course bread

Cuisine American, southern

  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal
  • 2/3 cups buttermilk or can use regular milk too
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup oil I use canola oil for cooking
  • Mix meal, milk, egg and salt together. Drop by spoonful into hot oil. Brown on one side then turn and fry until golden brown on both sides.

Keyword cornbread, fried cornbread, hoecakes

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