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Easy Pepper Jack Skillet Cornbread

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Looking for a simple cornbread recipe that’s moist and flavorful?! Stop right here because this super easy pepper jack skillet cornbread has crispy edges, cheesy soft inside, mixes in one bowl and bakes in the cast iron skillet!

Can we just sigh a big sigh for a minute? Like one of those content, happy, something good is here sighs. What’s worth sighing about? It’s barbecue season and we’re bringing the Pepper Jack Skillet Cornbread.

Barbecue season is my favorite season. Don’t get me wrong I’m a basic Pumpkin Spice Latte girl to my bones, but Spring has finally freaking sprung in Boston. Let’s light up the smoker, do all the yard work and indulge in the barbecue eats.

Pepper Jack Skillet Cornbread

Quick Note: This post contains an affiliate link for my favorite cast iron skillet to use when making this recipe. The price you pay does not change, but I make a commission from the sale. Okay, now back to good eats.

Making skillet cornbread easy and delicious

Admittedly, cornbread has never been the first thing going on my plate when queueing up for the BBQ spread. As the years go by and we get older, wiser, and start making delicious, don’t-suck-all-the-moisture-out-of-your-soul cornbread, things change. I’m willing to cut the line for this Pepper Jack Skillet Cornbread.

Maybe it’s just how easy this recipe is, maybe it’s the additional sour cream, or possibly it could be the 1/2 stick of butter it’s cooked in (it’s probably the butter.)  The combination of all the tweaks to the original Jiffy Cornbread make for a perfectly moist cornbread with crispy edges and the right amount of cheesy kick.

Pepper Jack Skillet Cornbread

side view of cornbread in a red cast iron skillet

Besides the actual deliciousness of BBQ’s best friend, this Pepper Jack Skillet Cornbread is ridiculously easy to make. When you preheat the oven, just throw the cast iron skillet inside to preheat along with it. Then once all your ingredients are whisked together, melting the butter will be quick and simple. My favorite is my 10″ cast iron skillet, like the one you can get from Amazon right here. It’s perfect for small sides and proteins. I love my Lodge and Cuisinart cast irons equally, you know, like children.

There’s going to be a thing that happens. You’re going to pour the batter into the skillet and see the butter start pooling around the edges.

You’ll be like, “Lauren, that’s a lot of butter.”

And I’ll be like, “Yes. Yes it is…..and?” C’mon, you’re doing all the spring cleaning and yard work and working on those really beautiful weather days that you just want to play hooky – treat yo’self.

Just spread the batter as evenly as possible and the rest will work itself out in the oven resulting in the perfect crispy edges and life changing cornbread. Especially when they’re served up next ribs with the ultimate go-to Summer BBQ Spice Rub.

Not just for barbecue! Other ways to enjoy cornbread:

Not having a BBQ feast? Oh no worries, you too can still enjoy cornbread. My favorite ways so far have been:

  • With Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sliders
  • Toasted with a poached egg on top
  • Crumbled over salad like croutons
  • Along side BBQ chicken quinoa bowls
  • Avocado toast cornbread

All the possibilities, easy peasy cooking. Let’s get to it.

Pepper Jack Skillet Cornbread

Pepper Jack Skillet Cornbread

Pepper Jack Skillet Cornbread

Pepper Jack Skillet Cornbread is the perfect way to kick up a standard barbecue side dish.  Buttery, crispy edges and tender, moist cornbread with just the right amount of spicy flavor.
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Course: Side Dishes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Lauren


  • 1 box 8.5 ounces Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 4 ounces 1/2 block pepper jack cheese, grated
  • 4 tablespoons 1/2 stick unsalted butter


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F with a 10-inch cast iron skillet inside.  In a large bowl, combine the cornbread mix, sour cream, milk, egg and pepper jack cheese.  Whisk until combined.
  • Remove the skillet from the oven and melt butter.  Pour batter into the hot skillet spreading evenly with a spatula (butter may pool around edges.)
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until the center is done and the edges are crispy.
Tender, buttery cornbread with perfectly crispy edges and just the right amount of kick. Dress up your usual cornbread recipe with this easy, no fuss Pepper Jack Skillet Cornbread

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Monday 27th of January 2020

I haven't made cornbread in a while and after I got my iron skillet, I couldn't wait to make some. This was so good! I used Monterey Jack cheese and some jalapeno. Turned out perfect, those crispy edges. I served it with sloppy Joe's, my fiance Loved it. Thank you.


Tuesday 28th of January 2020

Sloppy joes are such a great meal for cornbread!! Thank you so much for the review ❤️

Stephanie Simmons

Tuesday 15th of May 2018

This does look perfect for barbecue season! Your photos here are gorgeous, too!


Tuesday 15th of May 2018

Yaayy.. İ found another yummy cornbread recipe...yours looks fluffy and delicious. Can't wait to try in my kitchen.


Monday 14th of May 2018

We LOVE cornbread in our household! Perfect for Sunday lunch. So yummy!


Monday 14th of May 2018

Love this! Perfect recipe for a family favorite dish. Super easy to make and the pics are gorgeous!