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What to Do with Leftover Cornbread for Breakfast (23 Ideas)

We’ve all been there: you make cornbread, it’s delicious, and you eat it all.

Then the next day rolls around—you’re craving that cornbread taste again but you have none left to eat!

What can you do?

There are a lot of ways to use up leftover cornbread for breakfast. One option is to make a breakfast casserole with the cornbread, eggs, and milk. You can also use the cornbread to make French toast by dipping slices in beaten eggs and frying them in butter. Finally, you can use the cornbread as a base for an omelet or quiche.

Below, we’ve got 23 easy ideas for how to use up leftover cornbread for breakfast.

These ideas range from sweet to savory, so there’s something for every taste bud out there!

Read Also: The 8 Best Substitutes For Eggs In Cornbread

What to Do with Leftover Cornbread for Breakfast

 Here are 23 of our favorite recipes:

1. Make a Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Cornbread Casserole

If you make a big batch of cornbread, it’s likely to last through several breakfasts—and that means you’ll have some left over.

If you want an easy way to use up the rest of your cornbread, try putting it into this breakfast casserole recipe.

Just combine all of your leftover cornbread with eggs and cheese, then bake until the eggs are set.

You’ll be so glad you did!

Read Also: What To Eat With Cornbread

2. Make a Breakfast Sandwich

Cornbread Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich
Source: Cornbread Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich

Make a breakfast sandwich! Just toast some bread and butter it up, then add your favorite toppings like bacon or sausage or shredded cheese (or all three!).

Then put a fried egg on top and voila—you’ve got yourself a perfect storm of flavor in every bite!

3. Use It to Make Little “Pizza Pockets”


Cut your leftover cornbread into triangles and fill them with pizza sauce and cheese—they’re like little pizza pockets!

Or use a different filling if you’d like, like turkey meatballs or spinach and cheese.

4. Make Cornbread Muffins with It

Cornbread Muffins

Cut your leftover cornbread into cubes and mix them into some muffin batter—you’ll have delicious little cornbread muffins in no time at all!

These are great for breakfast or an afternoon snack on the go—and they’re even better if you add some bacon bits!

5. Add It to A Fruit Salad

Fresh fruit salad

This is a great way to use up your leftover cornbread for breakfast.

You can add it directly to your fruit salad, or you can toast the bread and crumble it on top of the salad.

If you’re adding it directly, just chop up some cornbread and toss it in with your fruit salad ingredients.

If you’re topping it with crumbled cornbread instead, toast the bread first, then crumble and sprinkle over the top of your fruit salad before serving.

6. Use It in Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast tacos are always a hit!

You can easily make these yourself at home by cooking up some eggs and bacon or sausage, then piling them high on tortillas with cheese and any other toppings you like (like salsa).

Top with leftover cornbread crumbles for an extra boost of flavor!

7. Make Sausage Gravy with Cornbread Croutons

We all love a good sausage gravy. But what if we told you there was an even BETTER way to make it?

Well, there is—with Cornbread Croutons!

They’re super easy to make and take just as much time as it would take you to make regular breadcrumbs.

And they taste even better than regular breadcrumbs because they have that sweet cornbread flavor.

8. Use It as Breadcrumbs in Meatballs or Meatloaf

Think about how much money you spend on breadcrumbs at the store every week—and then think about how quickly those dollars add up over the course of a year (because they really do).

And then think about how much cheaper it would be if you used leftover cornbread instead—because WE KNOW IT IS!

You can use leftover cornbread as breadcrumbs for meatballs or meatloaf or any other dish that calls for them without breaking the bank or sacrificing flavor one bit!

9. Mix It Into Pancakes or Waffles for Extra Texture and Flavor

You can mix leftover cornbread into pancakes or waffles to add some extra texture and flavor to your breakfast.

This works best if you use a skillet instead of a griddle, so that the pancakes are cooked on both sides at once.

10. Top It with Cheese and Bake It

If you’re looking for something more savory, try topping your leftover cornbread with cheese and baking it until the cheese is melty and gooey!

You can use any type of cheese that sounds good to you—just be sure not to use too much or else it will burn easily on top of the already-cooked bread in the oven!

11. Make Cornbread Waffles

Cornbread Waffles

This is an easy way to turn your cornbread into a breakfast dish that you can take on the go.

To make waffles, just cut your leftover cornbread into squares, place them in a waffle maker, and cook until crispy.

12. Make Some Cornbread Pancakes

Cornbread Pancakes

Just follow the same instructions as above, but instead of using a waffle iron, use a nonstick pan and cook over medium heat until golden brown on both sides.

Or try topping them with fruit preserves or honey!

13. Serve It as Breakfast Dessert

We like our cornbread sweetened with honey instead of sugar, so why not serve it as dessert?

This recipe uses fresh berries and whipped cream to make a fantastic treat that pairs well with tea or coffee at the end of your mealtime festivities.

14. Make Cornbread Croutons and Top Your Salad with Them


Cornbread croutons are a great way to add texture and flavor to any salad.

You can make them from scratch, or use up some leftover cornbread in this easy recipe:

  1. Mix 1 cup of shredded cheese with ½ cup of finely chopped cooked chicken, 1 tablespoon of minced onion, and 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley (if desired).
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Spread onto 4 slices of bread, then cut each slice into cubes.
  4. Sprinkle with paprika before baking at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or until golden brown on top.

You may also wish to use olive oil instead of butter when baking these croutons—just make sure they’re fully cooked before eating!

15. Use It as A Base for Your Next Quiche


Another idea is to make quiche or frittata with leftover cornbread as its base instead of regular pie crusts.

This can be done either by crumbling up your leftover cornbread and mixing it into the eggs in a quiche recipe or by baking your leftover cornbread in an oven-safe dish with beaten eggs, cheese, and other ingredients until set—then slice into wedges for serving!

16. Use It as A Base for Your Next Frittata


Try using it as a base for your next frittata!

  1. First, cut off the ends of the cornbread and then dice it into small cubes.
  2. Then toss those cubes into a skillet with a little butter or oil and cook until they’re crispy (but not burnt!).
  3. Now, add about 4 eggs beaten with some milk, salt, pepper and whatever else you want (like cheese) to the pan and scramble everything together until cooked through.
  4. Then top with fresh herbs like basil or parsley if desired!
  5. Serve hot with a side of fruit salad for an easy breakfast meal everyone will love!

17. Put Some Honey on Top of It, Slice It Up, and Eat It Like Toast

If you want something sweet and savory for breakfast, this is the way to go!

Just spread some honey on top of your day-old pieces of cornbread and then cut them up into squares so they’re ready to eat like toast with jam.

18. Use It as Stuffing Inside an Omelet

You can also use it in an omelet! Just mix the bread with some eggs and cheese and stuff that inside an omelet.

You can even add other veggies if you want—just make sure to cook them all together until they’re soft before stuffing your omelet.

19. Use It as Stuffing Inside a Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

If you don’t have time to make an omelet in the morning, take some tortillas, spread them with butter or olive oil (or both), and then put down some ham/sausage, eggs cooked as you like them, some cheese (if desired), and then top it all off with that cornbread from yesterday’s meal!

You could also add some veggies if desired—whatever makes sense for your taste buds!

20. Make Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with It


Just cut the cornbread into squares and toast them until golden brown in a skillet or frying pan with some butter on medium heat.

Top each square with an equal amount of cheese (American or cheddar work best), then put another square on top and grill until the cheese melts—about 2 minutes per side, depending on how hot your pan is and how much butter you used for cooking the bread squares initially.

That’s all there is to it!

21. Top Your Chili with It


If you’re making chili (or another meaty stew), add in some leftover cornbread crumbles on top before serving—they’ll soak up all that delicious sauce and give you an extra hit of carbs to warm you up.

22. Make Some Cornbread French Toast

Cornbread French Toast

French toast is great because it’s easy to make and really versatile—you can do savory versions with cheese or sweet versions with fruit preserves or honey!

Just cut the cornbread into slices and dip them in egg batter before frying them up in some butter on both sides until golden brown.

Then serve with maple syrup!

If you’re feeling extra fancy, top off your French toast with some whipped cream and powdered sugar before serving it up warm from the pan!

23. Make a Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza

Pizza for breakfast is a great way to get kids excited about getting up and going to school on a Monday morning, and it’s also a great way to use up leftover cornbread!

All you need is some pizza dough (or make your own!), some sauce, cheese, and whatever toppings you want.

To make this even better, try making a homemade pizza dough!

Cornbread-Biscuit Breakfast Sandwich

What to Do with Leftover Cornbread for Breakfast (23 Ideas)

If you've got leftover cornbread, don't let it go to waste!
Cornbread is perfect for so many breakfast recipes and ideas. You can use it as a base for a frittata or quiche, or make a breakfast casserole with it. If you're feeling adventurous, try making cornbread croutons for your salads or soups.
We even have a recipe for chili-cheese grits that uses leftover cornbread!
Don't forget—you can also use your cornbread to make some delicious sandwiches! Try our ham and cheese sandwich recipe and serve it with some potato chips on the side. Or if you're feeling like something sweet, try our bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich recipe—you won't regret it!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 390 kcal


  • Make a Breakfast Casserole
  • Make a Breakfast Sandwich
  • Use It to Make Little "Pizza Pockets"
  • Make Cornbread Muffins with It
  • Add It to A Fruit Salad
  • Make Sausage Gravy with Cornbread Croutons
  • Use It as Breadcrumbs in Meatballs or Meatloaf
  • Mix It Into Pancakes or Waffles for Extra Texture and Flavor
  • Top It with Cheese and Bake It
  • Make Cornbread Waffles
  • Make Some Cornbread Pancakes
  • Serve It as Breakfast Dessert
  • Make Cornbread Croutons and Top Your Salad with Them
  • Use It as A Base for Your Next Quiche
  • Use It as A Base for Your Next Frittata
  • Put Some Honey on Top of It, Slice It Up, and Eat It Like Toast
  • Use It as Stuffing Inside an Omelet
  • Use It as Stuffing Inside a Breakfast Burrito
  • Make Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with It
  • Top Your Chili with It
  • Make Some Cornbread French Toast
  • Make a Breakfast Pizza


  • Pick your favorite idea from this list to use up your cornbread for your delicious breakfast meal.
  • Prepare the rest of your breakfast.
  • Be ready to munch in no time!
Keyword What to Do with Leftover Cornbread for Breakfast
Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.