Fried Cornbread and Eggs

Fried Cornbread and Eggs is a great way to use leftover or excess cornbread for the next morning’s breakfast. Easily add whatever breakfast meat you prefer, as well as peppers or hot sauce for some heat, and top with cheese.

Fried Cornbread and Eggs

I love researching recipes. I could spend (and have spent) all day reading cookbooks, or looking for recipes online. I did that when searching for things to do with some leftover corn muffins I had.

I also could’ve made cornbread with cream, but I wasn’t quite in the mood for it. I wanted something with a little more heft to it, since I’ve started not eating at work (I only get a 15-minute break, being part-time). I’ve been trying for a bigger breakfast before I head out, then having a small snack once I get home, and dinner.

I hopped online, and found a recipe that I tweaked to make this Fried Cornbread and Eggs.

With roots in the South, I was somewhat surprised I’d never heard of it before. It sounds like exactly the sort of dish my family would’ve made on occasion when I was a kid, because one or both sets of my grandparents would’ve made it. But as far as I know, I’ve never had it until now (watch, now my mom will comment and say that she made this on occasion, or that my grandma made it while she was growing up).

Fried Cornbread and Eggs

I can also see my dad’s side of the family eating this. After all, it’s my granddad of whom I have memories of eating cornbread and milk. And he’s the reason I like grits (with some butter, salt, and pepper, just like he used to do). Regardless, I made it with my leftover corn muffins and it was delicious.

Fried Cornbread and Eggs

I gather you can also add bacon (which I did), or sausage. I also added a few pickled jalapeños for a little bit of heat. And cheese, because why not? You could also top this with a few dashes of hot sauce, if you’re not using the jalapeños.

Fried Cornbread and Eggs

I will suggest that if you do make this, it’ll probably taste better if your cornbread/corn muffins have minimal sugar in them. Being a Northerner, I put sugar in my cornbread, but I think for this recipe, it was sweeter than it should’ve been, and not in a good way, like dunking your bacon or sausage in maple syrup. So just keep that in mind, especially if you make yours from scratch.

Yield: 1

Fried Cornbread and Eggs

Fried Cornbread and Eggs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-2 corn muffins, crumbled into pieces
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 C pickled jalapeños, drained (optional)
  • 1/4 C bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
  • 1/4 C shredded cheese (optional)
  • salt & pepper


In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. When it's foamy, add the crumbled cornbread, and toss to coat. Allow it to lightly brown, stirring occasionally. If using, also add the jalapeños and the bacon.

Cook for 3-4 minutes, then add the eggs. Toss the cornbread mixture to coat, and stir while the eggs cook.

If using, top with cheese, turn off the heat, and cover for 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese melts.


Recipe Source: Taste of Southern

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16 Replies to “Fried Cornbread and Eggs”

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  2. I tried it. It was very good. Next time , I will try adding some onions and green peppers before adding the cornbread to the pan to give it some additional flavor and zip. Don’t forget to salt and pepper the mixture to taste. I rate this recipe a 4 star rating as it is.

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  4. I made a version of this recipe this morning for breakfast. I had leftover jalapeno cheddar cornbread and morningstar sausage patties green onions and eggs of course. Also I put in about a tablespoon of chopped pepperchinis. Delicious

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