Fluffy Broccoli Cornbread Recipe made with a handful of simple ingredients and huge broccoli-cheese flavor! This soft tender cornbread variation is a true southern favorite.

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Why We Love This Broccoli Cornbread Recipe

This spring (can I call it spring yet?) I thought it would be fun to share some of the classic southern recipes I’ve learned to make since moving to North Carolina.

After all, southern comfort food not only makes you feel good when you eat it, it’s an absolute win at parties, work events, and when feeding picky people. *wink*

When I’m cooking for a crowd with kids in the mix, I always go with southern dishes. Ham, potato salad, macaroni recipes, and broccoli cheese cornbread are guaranteed to disappear in no time.

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Classic Southern Cornbread with Broccoli

Here in the south, cornbread is made in many different ways.

The most traditional cast iron skillet cornbread is baked in bacon grease to create crispy edges. Yet there are fluffier versions decked out with all sorts of add-ins.

Recently I went to an event in which a new friend brought her variation of broccoli cornbread.

It was packed with broccoli cheese goodness and had a moist dense casserole-like texture, due to her addition of cottage cheese.

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Although I loved her broccoli cornbread recipe, I thought I might like to make something similar with a fluffier texture.

Therefore today’s Fluffy Broccoli Cornbread Recipe is slightly tweaked, skipping the cottage cheese, and subbing in sour cream!

Making broccoli cornbread with sour cream, instead of cottage cheese, offers the same moisture level, yet with a light pillowy feel.

The recipe includes onions, spices, and shredded cheddar cheese to give it a zesty broccoli cheese appeal.

Broccoli Cheese Cornbread Recipe stacked on blue plate

These broccoli cornbread squares are a fabulous side dish with nearly any meal. So I never worry if they will “fit in” at neighborhood potlucks or casual dinner parties.

Ready to get started?

To make our Fluffy Broccoli Cornbread Recipe you will need just ten ingredients

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Ingredients You Need

  • Cornbread mix – You can also make this from scratch, but it’s nice to keep Jiffy cornbread mix in the pantry for quickie baking projects.
  • Eggs – For lift and moisture.
  • Sour cream – For moisture and tangy flavor.
  • Butter – Because everything is better with butter.
  • Garlic powder – Just a little goes a long way.
  • Paprika – I always use smoked paprika for that little hint of smoky essence. However regular paprika is tasty too!
  • Salt – All baked goods need a pinch or two.
  • Broccoli – This recipe calls for frozen chopped broccoli, but you can substitute fresh broccoli if you have it. Just cut the broccoli florets very small.
  • Onion – Dice into itty bitty pieces.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese – The perfect complement to broccoli!
Jiffy Broccoli Cornbread close up on plate with broccoli pieces displayed

How To Make Broccoli Cornbread

  1. Simply dump the Jiffy mix and remaining ingredients in a large bowl, and mix well.
  2. Pour the batter into a baking dish and spread out evenly.
  3. Bake until golden brown and fluffy. It’s that easy!

Get The Full (Printable) Jiffy Broccoli Cornbread Recipe Below!

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I store leftover broccoli cornbread?

Classic cornbread can be kept at room temperature for several days if wrapped well in plastic wrap. However, this version has broccoli and cheese it in, so it’s best to keep leftovers in the refrigerator. Place the pieces in an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to a week. To reheat, set the pieces on a plate and microwave for approximately 1 minute.

What dishes go well with homemade broccoli cornbread?

This fluffy cornbread recipe is wonderful on its own but goes well with soups and other Southern dishes! Try it with cheesy chicken chili or homemade beef stew! It pairs well with pork chops or pulled pork, too, along with some collard greens!

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Broccoli Cornbread Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Pillowy southern cornbread stuffed with tantalizing broccoli cheese goodness!
Servings: 24 squares


  • 17 ounces cornbread mix (2 – 8.5 oz boxes)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces frozen broccoli, thawed
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degree F. Grease a 9 X 13 inch baking dish, or spray with nonstick cooking spray. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornbread mix, eggs, sour cream, melted butter, garlic powder, paprika, and salt. Whisk until smooth.
  • Cut the largest broccoli florets in half. Add the broccoli, diced onion, and 1 1/4 cups shredded cheese to the cornbread mixture. Stir until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup shredded cheese over the top. 
  • Bake for approximately 40 minutes, until the edges are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before cutting to serve.


Serving: 1piece, Calories: 212kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Sodium: 347mg, Potassium: 115mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 535IU, Vitamin C: 13.1mg, Calcium: 105mg, Iron: 0.9mg
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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