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Microwave Cornbread (5-Minute Recipe)

This microwave cornbread recipe is undeniably the easiest way to make cornbread. And shockingly, it works beautifully!

I know. I was skeptical about it, too. But the sheer volume of recipes online got me curious. I tested it out, so you won’t have to.

Microwave Cornbread Recipe
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And I have to admit. I was mind-blown by how amazing microwave cornbread turned out to be!

It’s slightly crispy on the outside and super moist. And you’ll love the delicate crumb on the inside.

5-Minute Microwave Cornbread Recipe

This cornbread is slightly crispy on the outside and super moist. And you’ll love the delicate crumb on the inside.

It has just the perfect balance of sweet and savory, as well.

But the best part is that it’s effortless and comes together in just 5 minutes. Don’t believe me? Try it and see for yourself.

I did. And it was such a wonderful surprise when I removed the batter and saw a perfectly cooked cornbread! 100% kitchen magic!

Microwave Cornbread Ingredients

Ingredients

Everything about this cornbread is simple, including the ingredient list. Here’s all you’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour. It serves as the base of the cornbread and gives it its spongy, cake-like texture.
  • Cornmeal. Made of dried and ground corn, it gives the cornbread its signature yellow hue. It’s also responsible for its crumbly texture and corn-filled flavor. 
  • Granulated sugar. For a slight hint of sweetness. (Leave it out if you don’t want any sweet notes.)
  • Baking powder. The leavening agent that makes the cornbread batter rise.
  • Salt. To contrast the sweetness.
  • Egg. The binding agent that holds everything together.
  • Milk. The liquid ingredient that saturates the dry.
  • Vegetable oil. For maximum moisture.

How Do You Make Cornbread in the Microwave?

The steps couldn’t be easier, either. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Prepare. Grease a microwave-safe dish or bowl with non-stick spray or butter.

2. Combine the ingredients. Mix the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, eggs, milk, and oil in the microwave-safe dish.

Stop when you no longer see streaks of dry ingredients.

3. Microwave. Just 3-4 minutes on high, depending on how powerful your microwave is.

Insert a toothpick into the center of the cornbread to test for doneness. It’s done when the toothpick comes out clean.

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Microwave Cornbread Slice Topped With Syrup

Tips and Tricks for the Best Microwave Cornbread

Here are a few final tips and tricks:

  • Use equal parts flour and cornmeal. That’s the key to the perfect microwavable cornbread. Measure these ingredients accurately for best results.
  • Don’t over-mix the batter. Whisk the ingredients well, stopping as soon as you no longer see streaks of cornmeal or flour. Over-mixing will yield tough and rubbery cornbread.
  • Don’t skimp on the oil. Oil makes this cornbread remarkably moist. If you want more richness, you can substitute it with butter. Or use a mix of both.
  • Healthy alternative. Want sweetness but don’t want to use sugar? Add Splenda instead. Alternatively, add more or less sugar to suit your tastes and dietary needs.

How Long Should You Microwave Cornbread?

Microwave ovens run differently from one another, so the length of cooking may vary.

On average, though, it’ll take about 2-4 minutes for the cornbread batter to cook in the microwave.

Basically, the higher the wattage and power, the faster the cornbread cooks.

To ensure you don’t overcook the cornbread, check for doneness at the 2-minute mark. Insert a toothpick into the center of the bread.

You know it’s done if the toothpick comes out clean. 

Slice of Microwave Cornbread With Syrup Drizzle on Top

Cornbread Mixins

This recipe makes for a wonderful blank cornbread canvas that you can doll up with any or a combination of mix-ins! Try any of these:

  • Corn kernels. For an undeniably corn-y cornbread. Fresh, canned, and frozen kernels all work.
  • Cheddar cheese. Because cheese and cornbread are a match made in heaven. You can use other kinds of melty cheese, too. Whatever you have on hand’s good.
  • Crispy-fried bacon. It makes everything better. It can either be baked into the batter by adding it on top or served on the side. 
  • Blueberries. For a sweet and fruity cornbread.
  • Jalapenos or green chilies. If you want a little bit of spice in your life.

What to Serve with Microwave Cornbread

Microwave cornbread makes for a delicious snack. Still, it’s even better when paired with these dishes:

  • Chili, stews, and soups. Because of its high level of dip-ability, cornbread makes for a wonderful side to any kind of chili or soup.  
  • Meat. Whether it’s bacon, sausage, or barbecue, any meaty entree goes well with this carb-rich dish.
  • Butter and honey, jam, or spread. For a simple but satisfying snack or breakfast.

More Cornbread Recipes You’ll Enjoy

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Jiffy Cornbread

Aunt Jemima Cornbread 

Albers Cornbread

Microwave Cornbread (5-Minute Recipe)

Servings

6

servings
Prep time

3

minutes
Cooking time

7

minutes
Calories

154

kcal

This microwave cornbread comes together in just 5 minutes and is so good! With just 8 ingredients, you can make moist, delicious cornbread in a fraction of the time.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup cornmeal

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Stir together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, egg, milk, and vegetable oil in a greased, microwave-safe bowl until well-combined.
  • Microwave for 3-4 minutes on high power or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Rotate the bowl midway through if your microwave doesn’t have a rotating tray. Slice and enjoy!

Notes

  • Storage. Store leftovers in an air-tight container and leave at room temperature for 3-4 days. Or refrigerate for up to a week.
Microwave Cornbread Recipe

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

8 thoughts on “Microwave Cornbread (5-Minute Recipe)”

  1. Your microwave cornbread is amazing!! I microwaved it in a glass loaf dish. Came out perfect. We couldn’t stop eating. Definitely recommend! Five stars!!

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  2. Actually surprised how good it was as well as how quick and easy it wS to make. I agree that it needs just a tad bit more sugar or honey.

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  3. I had to try this recipe because I couldn’t believe that it would be possible to make good cornbread in a microwave oven. I am pleased to say that you can not only make good cornbread in a microwave but it takes only minutes. It’s not exactly the same as more traditional cornbread but it’s flavorful, moist and super quick to make (about 8 minutes from start to finish). Although this has sugar it’s not sweet so you may want to add a bit more sugar if you prefer a sweeter taste.

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    • Hi Teri! Thanks so much for the review.
      I totally agree that it’s not like traditional cornbread.
      But when you’re in a pinch, it’s a terrific option 🙂

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  4. Love how easy this is. In this insanely hot weather it’s great to be able to have cornbread – minus the heat from the oven.

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    • You are 100% on that, Gillian! I find my desire to turn on the oven decreases in direct proportion to the rising temperature! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

      Reply

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