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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
    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    November 21, 2013 at 1:07 am

    YUM Davida! While it sucks you aren’t going to your mom’s thanksgiving, she will be wishing you did with a dish like this! I certainly wish I celebrated American Thanksgiving so I could make this…maybe I’ll make this the first year. Because the time span between Canadian Thanksgiving and Christmas is just toooo long!

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    Reba Cox
    November 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I have been looking for a stuffing recipe to make on Thursday. I was pondering using bagles since I’m in NYC but I love cornbread. Is making two stuffings allowed? Also what is poultry seasoning?

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    November 20, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Would you believe that I’ve never tried stuffing? It looks awesome though, so I think I’m going to give it a try soon! Just because I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving it doesn’t mean I can’t eat good food 😉

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    November 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Yumm! This recipe looks amazing. I’m usually not a big stuffing person but I’ll have to give this a try for Thanksgiving this year. 🙂

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    November 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I’m not a huge stuffing fan but my husband likes it – I’m trying to find a recipe that doesn’t make a whole lot because I think we always end up pitching some.
    Maybe I will try this recipe – he likes pumpkin, too so….

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    November 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    erwhewirlhfheluif Need to make this.

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    November 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I knew they fall on the same day but the word “Thanksgivukkah” is the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard. Is it weird that I wish I was Jewish? Because I kinda do…. 🙂 Also, stuffing is awesome and pumpkin cornbread sounds awesome so pumpkin cornbread stuffing = extra awesome!

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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    November 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    YUM!!! Totally making this for Thanksgiving! Stuffing and sweet potato casserole always steal the show…

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    Sarah Pie
    November 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    YUM! I’m not a stuffing person (I know, the horror) but I may have to show this one off to my mom to see if they want to try something new this year 🙂

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    November 20, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I love stuffing. I think it’s my favorite part of thanksgiving (and dessert, of course)! Never tried it with pumpkin before though. It sounds delicious!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      November 21, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      Glad you agree! I’ve gotten some stuffing haters commenting! Don’t get it…

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine
    November 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Thanksgivukkah for the win! I’m so happy you introduced me to this holiday… it’ll be perfect for our celebration next Saturday 🙂 Now if I could only get you to bring some stuffing the the celebration…

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    Power, Love, and Self Discipline
    November 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Looks delicious and just in time for next week!

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