Cornbread dressing is a staple of southern and soul food cooking. The dish is made from fresh cornbread, herbs, and veggies and may include sausage or other meats.
It’s an ideal side for Thanksgiving or any other holiday as it’s easy to prepare and full of flavor.
Today, let’s cover our picks for the best easy African American cornbread dressing recipes.
1. Black Folks Cornbread Dressing by The Soul Food Spot
Chef Shaunda Nicole offers her easy-to-cook recipe for cornbread dressing on The Soul Food Spot.
This recipe features the traditional mix of ingredients you would expect from your mom’s kitchen. Sage, rosemary, thyme, and parsley give this dressing its distinct aroma and wonderful flavors.
You’ll need an instant pot to prepare the ingredients for this recipe and a skillet if you plan on cooking the cornbread from scratch.
Luckily, you can easily substitute corn muffin mix if you’re in a hurry instead of preparing your cornbread.
Ready in about thirty minutes, your guest will love the crisp crust and moist dressing once they take their first bites.
2. Southern Soul Food Cornbread Dressing by I Heart Recipes
The cooks at I Heart Recipes outdid themselves with their recipe for southern-style cornbread dressing.
This dish is full of flavor and has an extra crispy crust that crunches with each bite. The addition of ritz crackers to the recipe adds a buttery rich flavor and the extra crunch.
Of course, all the traditional flavors and spices are included in this recipe. Expect to use plenty of sage, garlic, and thyme in the dish.
With a total cooking and prep time of around one hour, this dish can be prepped and set aside while you concentrate on the rest of the dinner.
3. Southern Cornbread Dressing by Divas Can Cook
If you’re looking for a meatier version of cornbread dressing, this recipe from Divas Can Cook will do the trick.
The addition of chicken breasts or thighs adds another element to this traditional dish and turns it into a meal.
You’ll also find quick and easy directions to bake cornbread from scratch in this recipe. It’s surprisingly easier than you would expect.
Filled with plenty of spices, this is one of the most flavorful picks on our list of easy African American cornbread dressing recipes.
4. Cornbread Dressing by African Bites
Cornbread dressing is an essential side dish for any southern holiday dinner. We found this recipe from African Bites is the perfect complement to other casserole dishes and makes a great option for holiday parties.
The key to the flavors in this dressing is the breakfast sausage and the perfect mix of Italian herbs. Do you like a little kick to the dressing? Substitute spicy Italian sausages for the breakfast sausage to up the spiciness of the dish.
Are you too busy to bake homemade cornbread? This recipe encourages you to use store-bought cornbread. This is perfect for busy cooks or inexperienced chefs.
The recipe also gives you a good list of alternative ingredients that will alter the taste and consistency of the dish. From yogurt to veggie stock, there are many alternative ingredients you can add to personalize cornbread dressing.
5. Southern Cornbread Dressing with Chicken by Stay Snatched
A secret that most southern cooks know is it’s best to use one-day-old cornbread to cook cornbread dressing. Using day-old cornbread will reduce the chance of your dish being soupy. This recipe from Stay Snatched goes into detail on the topic of day-old cornbread.
Of course, if you do bake your own, they suggest letting it cool at least overnight before using it in the dressing.
This recipe also includes shredded chicken and cream of chicken soup to add to the flavor of the dish. Of course, you could substitute turkey if you plan on using this recipe for your Thanksgiving meal.
6. Masterclass Cornbread Dressing by Chef Mashama Bailey
This gourmet take on home cooking will change your ideas of this traditional side dish.
For a gourmet cornbread dressing experience, you’ll want to try out this cornbread dressing from master chef Mashama Bailey.
The unique flavors in this dish come from the homemade creole sauce used instead of chicken stock. The sauce uses shrimp stock and white wine to dramatically alter the flavor profile of this dish. You can also use jumbo lump crab, oysters, or shrimp to make this side dish a meal.
Bailey also uses a mix of blackening spices as well to kick the flavor up a notch. You’ll find a mix of cayenne, garlic, paprika, thyme, and chili powder in each bite.
7. Auntie Rose’s Cornbread Dressing by Grandbaby Cakes
This recipe from Grandbaby Cakes might take a little longer to prep, but you’ll be pleasantly pleased with the results.
Auntie Rose helps you make everything in this recipe from scratch. You’ll start with the oven-top cornbread and make your chicken stock as well.
If you have the time and patience, you are in for a treat once the dish is done. Plus you can always freeze and store the extra chicken stock you make while cooking this cornbread dressing.
8. Cornbread Dressing by The Southern Lady Cooks
Another dish for chefs that are in a hurry, this cornbread dressing is a great dish that can be made from leftover cornbread and biscuits.
The combination of cornbread and biscuits gives this dressing a unique flavor. It’s also heartier than many other recipes on this list.
Gravy is also an integral dish served with dressing, and The Southern Lady Cooks added a few of their favorite gravy recipes to this recipe as well.
The giblet gravy is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner and is filled with flavors that compliment your other Thanksgiving dishes.
9. Cornbread Dressing with Sausage and Sage by Serious Eats
Serious Eats outdid themselves with this savory dish. It’s also the perfect mix of crispy and moist, letting you enjoy each bite.
Cornbread dressings are prone to mushiness. Serious Eats suggests lightly toasting your cornbread before adding it to the recipe. This will make the dish crispier. It also develops the flavor profile of cornbread. They also suggest keeping the unbaked dressing refrigerated one or two days before baking.
Other savory ingredients include sage sausage, sage, and homemade chicken stock.
10. Cornbread Dressing by Chef Eddie Jackson
While most of the recipes on this list suggest using day-old cornbread, Eddie Jackson’s cornbread recipe lets you use freshly made cornbread.
Once you’ve baked your cornbread, simply let it cool to room temperature before use. This means you can prep the cornbread in the morning and not wait a day to use it in the recipe.
This recipe is also great for Thanksgiving. One of the key ingredients of the mix is ½ cup of turkey giblets. The giblets are used in both the dressing and gravy for the recipe. Don’t worry if you don’t have giblets on hand. Leftover chicken thighs, wings, or breasts can work in a pinch.
Mr. Jackson also prefers cornbread to have sweetness. This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar to sweeten the flavor.
11. Crockpot Cornbread Dressing by The Country Cook
This recipe can make novice cooks feel like world-class chefs. You can cook this dish in a crockpot making it ideal for busy families. If you follow this recipe, you’ll end up with a light and fluffy cornbread packed with flavors.
The Country Cook uses a crockpot for this recipe. Using a slow cooker lets you prep this dish and go on to your other daily activities. You’ll need about 4-6 hours of low cooking or 3-4 hours on high for this dish to be ready to serve.
This recipe adds bacon slices, cream of celery soup, and cream of chicken soup to add unique flavors to the dish.
It’s perfect for parents on the go who just want to set the timer and go enjoy their day. The cornbread dressing will be ready to serve when you get home.
12. Small Batch Cornbread Dressing by One Dish Kitchen
Most recipes for cornbread dressing are designed for larger meals. This recipe from One Dish Kitchen lets smaller families or singles enjoy fresh homemade cornbread dressing.
This recipe is also a perfect base to start from. The chef suggests experimenting with this recipe to create a dish that matches your favorite flavors. One trick they suggest is to use leftover biscuits instead of bread in the mix.
Of course, don’t forget to let your cornbread stay overnight so it will soak up more broth and seasonings during baking.
The smaller ingredient list of this recipe makes the perfect batch for a couple or a single person. If you enjoy it, you can always double the recipe for larger gatherings.
13. Seafood Cornbread Dressing by Real Cajun Recipes
Cornbread dressing is a versatile dish that can be served with almost any meal. This recipe adds shrimp crawfish or crab meat to give you a unique take on dressing.
The main recipe calls for traditional spices and veggies, including onions, celery, bell pepper, and garlic. Adding Old Bay or a creole seasoning blend will improve the seafood flavorings of this dish and a spice.
This recipe is a perfect side to blackened fish, jambalaya, or crawfish. It’s also an excellent alternative to red beans and rice in Cajun cooking.
14. VP Cornbread Dressing from Kamala Harris
Here is Kamala Harris’s take on classic cornbread dressing. Her recipe uses Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix to speed up the prep time for the Vice President.
The rest of the recipe is filled with traditional ingredients, but there are some unique ingredients as well. Harris uses spicy sausage to add some kick and two medium apples to sweeten the recipe.
Combined, you get a dish that is sweet, savory, and spicy.
15. Andouille Cornbread Dressing by Emeril Lagasse
Emeril Lagasse puts a new swing on traditional cornbread dressing. This recipe calls for andouille or another smoked sausage to give it a unique flavor and consistency.
Andouille has a unique flavor. It is a heavily smoked pork sausage that features a savory yet intense taste. Creole andouille sausage is spicy and sweet. This sausage is the key to the flavors in this recipe.
Emeril also kicks the flavor up a notch by using jalapeno corn muffins for the base of the recipe. Of course, don’t forget his signature creole seasoning to top off the flavor profile.
Once baked, you’ll have wonderfully spicy and fluffy cornbread to serve to your family.
16. Vegan Southern Style Cornbread Dressing by Fat-Free Vegan
Unfortunately, most of the recipes on this list include butter, eggs, and meat. But, vegans don’t have to miss out on cornbread dressing. Fat-Free Vegan is here to the rescue with its vegan southern-style cornbread dressing.
This recipe swaps out stock, butter, and milk with non-dairy milk, apple sauce, and vegetable stock. It also adds portobello mushrooms and gluten-free bread to the mix.
It also uses the traditional mix of thyme, sage, rosemary, and garlic to add to the flavor of the dressing. For a smokey flavor, you can also add hickory smoked salt to the dish.
17. Southern Cornbread Dressing by Savory Experiments
Savory is the most common word used to describe cornbread dressing. The seasonings of the dish complement each other perfectly to create a wonderful casserole.
This take on cornbread dressing from Savory Experiments might be the most savory on our list. Packed with seasonings, each bite of this dish is a delight.
Savory Experiments also gives you some tips on how to alter their base recipe. Pecans, walnuts, dried apples, and pears make for great additional ingredients to this dish.
Easy African American Cornbread Dressing Recipes, Final Thoughts
While some of these soul food recipes seem complex, most of these recipes can be handled by novice and inexperienced cooks.
We’ve tried to highlight recipes that show different cooking styles and ingredients. Hopefully, we included a recipe that matches your favorite flavors.
Of course, if we missed your favorite African American cornbread dressing recipe, we would love to hear about it.