Lime-Cilantro Corn Bread with Honey Butter

Kick up your corn bread with some southwest flavorings and a hint of heat. This moist, citrusy version calls for fresh lime juice and zest. Aromatic cilantro infuses the batter and visually enlivens the bread. I like to add fresh corn kernels for texture and sweetness, white pepper and cayenne for spicy depth. Mini-corn molds make portioning easy, and will have everyone grabbing for their own ear. And don’t forget the honey butter, or you’ll miss the sweet-hot flavors that linger on your tongue… while you reach for another piece.  🙂


Corn Bread
1 ½ cups corn meal
¾ cup white flour
⅓ cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons dried cilantro (if you prefer fresh cilantro, use only 1 teaspoon)
¼ teaspoon cayenne
¼ teaspoon white pepper
¾ cup milk
2 eggs
¼ cup corn oil
⅓ cup honey
1 lime (1 tablespoon juice, 1 tablespoon zest)
½ cup sweet corn kernels (about 1 ear)

Honey Butter
6 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons honey

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl, mix together corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cilantro, cayenne and white pepper.  In separate bowl, mix together milk and eggs. Stir milk mixture into dry ingredients. Add corn oil, honey, lime juice and lime zest, mixing in well. Stir in corn kernels.

Spoon into greased 8×8-inch pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown, or until toothpick in center comes out clean. You can also use 2 cast iron mini-corn molds, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

To make Honey Butter, add softened butter to small bowl. Stir in honey and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Ruben says:

    I’d love to learn this, perfect for a hearty meal of fried chix, corn on the cob plus great gravy, yummm! Have a great foodtripping hop, my entry for this week’s FTF. Have a fab week!

    1. MixerUpper says:

      Thanks, Ruben! Just try it – the recipe is really simple.

  2. bakingbored says:

    Always wanted to try cornbread. I guess making it myself is probably the best way!

    1. MixerUpper says:

      Absolutely! You’ll be surprised how easy it is. Start with a basic cornbread and take it from there. Really bumps up a simple meal. Let me know how it goes!

  3. Frugal Fish says:

    I love Honey Butter, especially on homemade rolls! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    1. MixerUpper says:

      Thanks! Honey butter is especially nice when the bread has a touch of heat.

      I enjoyed your Mary Tyler Moore breakfast post! I am all about breakfast. My mom called that dish Egg in a Nest.

  4. Cilantro, lime and corn are one of my favorite combos!

    1. MixerUpper says:

      Me too (obviously)! If you like chicken, please try my recipe for Lime-Cilantro Roast Chicken. You can make it with corn instead of potatoes. 😉 We also like to grill corn that is slathered in lime-cilantro garlic butter.

    1. MixerUpper says:

      Let me know what you think! We’re putting some sweet corn on the grill tomorrow. I make a mixture of butter, lime juice, cilantro and a dash of cayenne – sort of like the bread without the flour.

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