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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
    November 28, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I don’t eat stuffing. Shh, don’t tell. In fact, I don’t know if I’ve ever even tried it. Back in the day, I didn’t really like my foods to touch, so stuffing was a big no-no because it was one big bowl of touching food. Now, The texture of it freaks me out so I still steer clear. That being said, I kind of dig all the ingredients in here. I’d even go so far as to say, if you made this, I would definitely try it. 🙂 I might even surprise myself and like it.

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    November 22, 2013 at 11:43 am

    As always, this looks amazing! I’m so sorry you won’t be celebrating the fusion holiday!!

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    November 22, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Wait a minute, HOW are you not invited to Thanksgiving?! What the what?!

    Sorry, but I have to say my favorite food on the T. Day table it’s namesake, the turkey, but stuffing/dressing/whatever you wanna call it comes in for a CLOSE second…especially when it’s my grandmother’s “famous” recipe! 🙂 I hate the boxed stuff though…my mom tried to pull that shit last year…blech! You were right, I SO want to make this! Looks like I need to make another batch of cornbread!!

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    November 22, 2013 at 4:32 am

    What a fantastic idea for stuffing! I ran out of time to make any stuffing for Canadian Thanksgiving. But this could very well end up on our table next week. Off I go to pin it!

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living
    November 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I love the idea of using pumpkin cornbread in stuffing. I made a gluten-free dairy-free cornbread to make my stuffing, but no pumpkin – definitely going to give that a try next time!

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    Kristen Kelley
    November 21, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I love the idea of using pumpkin bread for the stuffing!! I wish my husband and daughter would be adventurous enough to give it a taste but I know them well enough to know that they will push it around their plates and I will end up eating the entire pan LOL!!

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    Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
    November 21, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Gasp, you are not invited for dinner? Sadly I am not sure that I am having a Thanksgiving dinner, and I am actually in the country celebrating it, and my dad holds all the Jewish genes in the family and I won’t be with him on Thanksgivingukkah, so my holiday may turn out to be one giant fail. I suppose there is always Christmas (I celebrate both!) to make pumpkin cornbread stuffing.

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    November 21, 2013 at 4:36 am

    OMG Hanukkah is so early this year!

    Can you make me a wheat, dairy, gluten, sugar, soy, nut and fruit free STUFFING? If you can, then I can actually enjoy it!! I have never had stuffing before in my life 🙁

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    Megan (The Lyons Share)
    November 21, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Oh how I wish Tampa (where I’ll be for Thanksgiving) was closer to Toronto! My family (well, my husband’s family) would scoop you up in a second (and then promptly make you cook for them, ha!). <3

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    November 21, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Looks yummy! I’m typically not a fan of sweet cornbread but I do like savory especially with some jalapenos or cheese!

    atelier zozo

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    November 21, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Pumpkin? Cornbread? Stuffing? Can you please pause on making such amazing recipes – I wish I had time to make them all!

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    November 21, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Drat. Deleted my comment. Hmph.

    So, in summary, I do not like stuffing one bit. I also do not like the gravy that is usually put on top of the stuffing. I do think I would love this because I love everything you post.

    Now, why aren’t you invited to your mom’s celebration? That doesn’t seem fair that you get to miss out on all of the wonderful turkey! (<<< my favorite part!!).

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