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Cornbread Stuffing

November 18, 2019

Ditch the boxed stuffing with this delicious and healthy cornbread stuffing recipe made with homemade cornbread, veggies and spices! Only one pan required and ready in under 30 minutes. It’s perfect for your Thanksgiving feast!

cornbread stuffing

Let’s be real, the best part of Thanksgiving is the stuffing! But you want to know what’s even better than traditional stuffing? Cornbread stuffing! When I originally shared this recipe all the way back in 2013, I was living in my parents basement in Toronto. C and I were bf and gf and still doing long distance. I was working my 9-to-5 job in psych research while moonlighting as a blogger. I shot the original pictures for this recipe early in the morning before heading to work because that what the only time I had. Clearly life has changed quite a bit since then.

This past weekend I had C’s family over for a pseudo-Thanksgiving dinner and as I was planning for the menu I jumped into the THM archives to see if I could find some inspiration. That’s when I came across this cornbread stuffing recipe which I knew immediately would be added to the menu. It is one of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes on the blog but if I’m being honest, the pictures kind of looked like dog food lol. I knew it was time for a reshoot just in time to be added to your Thanksgiving menus.

When I was serving the recipe at dinner, C’s sister remembered making a cornbread stuffing recipe from the blog years ago. I was excited she remembered it and gleefully exclaimed that this was the same recipe! She also remembered the horrendous photos that I’m pretty sure were shot on an iPhone 4. This, of course, took me down memory lane as I thought about how much life had changed. Rather than living in my parent’s basement, I now live in San Francisco. That long-distance boyfriend is now my husband and I’ve been running THM as a business for almost 6 years. Also clearly my photography skills have improved! Who knew cornbread stuffing could be so sentimental?! Let’s make the recipe

How to Make Cornbread Stuffing

This cornbread stuffing recipe is extremely easy to make and doesn’t require any oven cooking (let’s keep that space free for turkey!) but I thought I would walk you through the process so you can see how simple it truly is.

STEP 1: Make the cornbread

I love this recipe with my pumpkin cornbread. If you want to keep this recipe gluten-free + vegan, I highly recommend!

pumpkin cornbread

STEP 2: Cook your veggies

For this recipe you’ll need onion, celery and mushrooms. I prefer to cook in a cast-iron pan as I find it helps cook everything evenly.

cornbread stuffing

STEP 3: Add the cornbread cubes to the veggies along with the nuts and spices.

Give it a good stir before adding your water. The water helps give the stuffing more of that “I was cooked inside a turkey for hours before eating” taste. I don’t know about you but I’m a little freaked out about eating something that was cooked inside a turkey cavity! And just like that, your cornbread stuffing is ready!

cornbread stuffing in cast iron

Can you make this cornbread stuffing ahead of time?

Absolutely! Though I do find it tastes best fresh, you can make it ahead of time. If you’re tight for time/space on Thanksgiving, I recommend pre-baking the cornbread and chopping it into cubes then pre-cooking the veggies. When you’re ready to serve just re-heat the veggies, add the stuffing and spices and then the cornbread and water. This will take under 5 minutes so if you can swing it I recommend doing it this way.

Can you make this with any cornbread recipe?

yup! Though I do recommend this pumpkin cornbread recipe (honestly- it’s delish!), you can make this recipe with any type of cornbread. In a pinch I’ve made it with the Trader Joe’s boxed cornbread and it’s actually pretty good. I have found that you may need to adjust the amount of water depending on the type of cornbread you use. Don’t sweat it…it’s just Thanksgiving!


Cornbread Stuffing

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 1 loaf of pumpkin cornbread, sliced and cut into cubes*
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 stalks of celery, sliced thinly
  • 3 cups of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Bake the cornbread and let cool completely. Once cool cut into cubes.
  2. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and celery and sauté for 5 mins.
  4. Add mushrooms and continue cooking for an additional 5 mins
  5. Add nuts, cornbread and spices and cook for 1 min.
  6. Add water and let absorb. If it needs more water feel free to add 1 tbsp at a time.
  7. Serve warm or store in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

*you can use any cornbread recipe you like

Like this recipe? Here are a few other Thanksgiving favorites you might enjoy:


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  • Reply
    Karey @ Nutty About Health
    November 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing!! I love stuffing (and cornbread). 🙂 Love the pumpkin spin on this!

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    Mary Frances McNellis
    November 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Oh my gosh, now I know what I want for Thanksgiving. I’ll just have to make myself a pan of this and hide in this closet. Everything about this looks amazing! Pinned!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    November 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Can we still be friends if I admit that I don’t think I’ve ever had stuffing? I hope so because I want an invite to your Thanksgiving dinner! This dish looks delicious! But if we’re talking dishes than I’m used to loving on the holidays, then it’s definitely my mom’s turkey. No one cooks it quite like she does.

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    November 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    This is genius!! I’m still in shock that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day this year….cray cray!!

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    Leslee S
    November 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Pecans in stuffing makes so much sense, yet I’ve never tried that! Sounds great. Maybe you should crash your parents’ party? 😉

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    November 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    So here’s how I am feeling about your recipes lately: looks super yummy (pumpkin cornbread). Add looks yummy to another looks super yummy (mushroom quinoa casserole) and you get super amazing yummy (which is this recipe). UM. Pumpkin cornbread stuffing!!? I love stuffing and I think I would eat this in one sitting, if my stomach wouldn’t explode first.

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    November 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I’m actually not a fan of stuffing, but I do like cornbread, so maybe I’ll like this one? And of course I love pumpkin! Love the originality of this though!

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    November 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    pumpkin + cornbread???? Ummm YES PLEASE. That’s a stuffing I can get onboard with. Stuffing may be considered a side, but turkeys would be naked without it! It’s the best.

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    November 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Stuffing and mashed potatoes are definitely my favorites on the Thanksgiving table! And if pumpkin is somehow incorporated into those dishes, even better. Looks amazing!

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    Kathy @ Vodka and Soda
    November 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    OMG this look so good. my fav thanksgiving dish is my aunt’s turkey!

    Vodka and Soda

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    Kim Hungry Healthy Girl
    November 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I so love the looks of this recipe! I may actually make it for my in-laws house because I can’t stand my mother in-laws stuffing.

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    November 20, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Stuffing is my favorite part of our thanksgiving meal. We usually make homemade cornbread to add to it, what a great idea to add pumpkin cornbread!

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