Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

Who’s in the mood for a little comfort food? This Southern Air Fryer Cornbread pairs perfectly with our Vegan Chili or football chili. You won’t be able to get enough of this delectable and delicious dish. 

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

 

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

Skip the boxed cornbread and save your money. Instead, whip up the best Southern Air Fryer Cornbread you will ever have. Homemade cornbread is quick and easy to make, plus it’s easy on the pocketbook. The Air Fryer gives the cornbread a nice, brown crust with a tender and fluffy inside. Slice and serve with a pad of butter or next to a big bowl of chili. 

This recipe has been adapted to fit the dietary needs of my family. My Southern Cornbread is soy-free and nut-free. I was so impressed after testing this cornbread in the air fryer, I just had to hop on and share.

What Makes A Southern Cornbread

Southern cornbread tends to run on the more savory side. Although you’ll taste a slight sweetness, it’s not overpowering like some cornbread recipes. The distinct taste is what sets southern cornbread apart from others. 

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Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

 

Basically, Southern Cornbread is comfort food that is a way of life here in the south. Regardless if your a southerner, northerner, midwesterner, or westerner, every single one of us grew up with a food that we loved and enjoyed. Although our taste buds change over time, even as adults we still have comfort food we turn to in our time of need. One of those foods for me growing up (and is my husband’s favorite) was cornbread. 

When I wanted to try a different kind of cornbread and make it taste better, I decided to try it in the air fryer. Using the air fryer usually means I get a tastier version of my favorite foods. The air fryer has the power to take ordinary dishes and turn them into extraordinary dishes. 

 

Air Fryer Cornbread 

Nothing beats a big slice cornbread with a slab of butter straight from the air fryer. However, this recipe uses whole wheat and I opted for agave because it’s better for diabetics and is proven to lower glycemic index! 

 

What Type of Cornmeal Do You Use For Cornbread 

I reached for yellow cornmeal. White will work but it doesn’t offer that golden color that you expect. Also, don’t reach for the cornmeal flour used for making tamales. This isn’t the cornmeal you need for cornbread. Take it from experience. 

Ways To Serve and Pair Southern Cornbread 

  • A drizzle of honey, honey butter, or regular butter.
  • Vegan Chili | Instant Pot Vegan Chili is our go-to combination here. It is hearty, savory, and the cornbread is an excellent pairing. 
  • White Chicken Chili | If you love cornbread with regular chili, give my chicken chili a try. It is full of white beans and tender chicken in a savory broth. 
  • Instant Pot Posole | A Mexican stew that is going to rock your taste buds. Full of flavor, character, and so simple to make and serve your family or a crowd. 

 

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

What is the History Of Cornbread

Something unique about cornbread is that it’s been around for a very long time. People have used cornbread as a main staple in their meal before you or I were born. Cornmeal was an important part of baking in early settler times. Can you imagine the yummy stuff they cooked in the past? Everything was made from scratch. In fact, southern cornbread actually originated with the Native Americans.  

 

Amazingly enough, cornbread was embraced by European Settlers. Native Americans were credited with making the first batch of cornbread. While the recipe for cornbread that Native Americans used was a little different, it’s not too far off from what we use today (source). 

 

It’s safe to say that the Europeans really loved cornbread when they gave it a try. Corn was a staple in the diets of many early settlers. Crops played a major role in whether people ate or didn’t eat back then. Today, it’s easy to take food for granted, especially corn.  

 

 

Can This Air Fryer Cornbread Be Made In The Oven Instead

Of course! Just follow the directions and grease an 8×8 pan. Then pour in the batter and cook at a preheated 350 degrees. Then bake for 15-20 minutes and check to see how done it is. When you stick a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean you know it is done.

Air Fryer Cornbread 

I love using my air fryer often. It has really simplified my mealtime and the texture and taste are always exceptional. We have been making this to go with all our favorite barbeque dishes, roasted vegetables and more. Cornbread is always a great addition to any meal. 

Let’s not forget that cornbread also goes well with soup. Some of my favorite soups to make this with include Homemade Fideo Soup, Delicious Instant Pot Apple and Butternut Squash Soup, or The Best Instant Pot Beef and Veggie Soup

How To Make Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

Makes – 1 (6 or 7-inch cornbread)

Ingredients

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

 

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Instructions

In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk it well.

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

In another bowl combine, milk, egg, agave nectar, and oil. Whisk it till smooth.

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

Add the cornmeal mix and gently fold it in. Do not overmix.

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

Pour it out on a greased 6 or 7-inch pan. Tap the pan to release any air bubble

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

Air fry at 310F for 15 minutes.

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

Let it rest for 15 more minutes before taking out of the pan.

Slice and serve immediately with your favorite soup, chili or stews. Or have it by itself with a pat of butter, soy-free vegan butter or jam.

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

Store the leftover in an airtight container in the fridge.

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

What Does Air Fryer Cornbread Taste Like?

If you’ve never had cornbread made in an air fryer, you may be hesitant to give it a try.  Trust me, old habits die hard. I was taught that cast iron skillets are just about the only way to make cornbread. My momma makes some of the best cornbread there is and, of course, she uses her cast-iron skillet.

However, I want to urge you to be brave and give this a try! It truly is wonderful! Some might even say that air fryer cornbread tastes much better than the traditional method. The crust has a bit of crispness, but the soft is warm and moist. It truly is a wonderful recipe.

It has the best browning that I’ve ever seen on cornbread. When you pick it up, it stays nice and firm on the outside, yet it’s so soft and moist on the inside. You can pick it up and dip it in your Vegan Chili without it crumbling. It’s safe to say that air fryer cornbread is possibly the best way to cook cornbread.

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

Now that you know about Southern Air Fryer Cornbread, it’s time to put it on your menu. It’s so delicious and you just can’t go wrong with it. The next time you’re looking for something to serve, this is a good choice. 

 

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Yield: 1 seven inch pan

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

Southern Air Fryer Cornbread

Who’s in the mood for a little comfort food? This Southern Air Fryer Cornbread pairs perfectly with our Vegan Chili. You won’t be able to get enough of this delectable and delicious dish. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Yellow Cornmeal
  • ¾ cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • 3 tablespoon of Agave Nectar
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 large Egg
  • 2 tablespoon of Canola or Vegetable Oil

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk it well.
  2. In another bowl combine, milk, egg, agave nectar, and oil. Whisk it till smooth.
  3. Add the cornmeal mix and gently fold it in. Do not overmix.
  4. Pour it out on a greased 6 or 7 inch pan. Tap the pan to release any air bubble
  5. Air fry at 310F for 15 minutes.
  6. Let it rest for 15 more minutes before taking out of the pan.
  7. Slice and serve immediately with your favorite soup, chili or stews. Or have it by itself with a pat of butter, soy free vegan butter or jam.
  8. Store the leftover in an airtight container in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

7

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 476mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 5g

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