If you’ve wondered what to eat with cornbread for breakfast, we’ve got you covered.
From the traditional to the unexpected, we’re going to show you everything there is to know about this delicious side dish.
So… why don’t you sit down and relax?
Grab yourself a slice of cornbread, and let’s get started!
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What to Eat with Cornbread for Breakfast
If you’ve got a hankering for cornbread, but you’re out of chili or beans, don’t fret!
Here are 47 foods to eat with your cornbread that will make your breakfast a delight:
Cornbread and eggs are a classic American combo, and while they go great together with just butter, the addition of bacon makes it even better.
Honey and cornbread are like peanut butter and jelly—they go together like two peas in a pod!
Sausage gravy is a Southern staple that goes great with cornbread, and it’s super easy to make.
4. Milk and sugar
This combo may sound simple, but there’s nothing like it for breakfast! (It works well as a snack later in the day, too.)
5. Maple syrup
If you’re looking to cut down on refined sugars, try replacing honey or sugar with maple syrup in your cornbread recipe—it adds flavor without adding extra sweetness!
If you really want to kick it up a notch, mix some molasses into your batter for an authentic taste of old-fashioned cornbread that will take you right back to grandma’s kitchen!
You can’t go wrong with beans!
They’re easy, delicious, and cheap. Use black beans or pinto beans with your cornbread for a hearty breakfast that will leave you feeling full for hours (or until lunch).
This one might sound a little too indulgent for breakfast, but bear with us.
A lot of people eat fried chicken for breakfast in the South, so why not go ahead and hop on the bandwagon?
You won’t regret it—especially if you add some spicy Tabasco sauce to your fried chicken as you enjoy it with your cornbread.
If you like oatmeal but want to switch up your morning routine a bit, try adding some cornbread to the mix!
Pour your warm oatmeal into a bowl and sprinkle some cornbread crumbles on top.
Drizzle some maple syrup over the whole thing and enjoy!
9. Plain yogurt
If you’re looking for something tangy, plain yogurt might be the way to go for you.
Just add in some granola for a crunchy kick that complements the softness of the cornbread perfectly.
10. Fresh fruit
Who says you need bread to have toast?
A nice bit of crunchy cornbread pairs perfectly with fresh fruit—whether that’s peaches in the summer or pears (See also these poached pears recipes) in the winter.
A nice green kick will give your breakfast a healthy start, plus the salty cheese from the eggs is always delicious when mixed with cornbread.
If you want to make sure your spinach is cooked all the way through, then an omelette might be your best bet; but if you’re looking for something a little less structured then try scrambling your eggs with some spinach!
If you have an oven, you can make these quickly, and they’re a perfect complement to your breakfast cornbread.
Simply slice up some fresh tomatoes and put them in the oven until they’re crispy around the edges—you’ll be amazed at how much flavor this simple dish packs.
13. Fried Eggs
Fried eggs are a great way to start your day—and they’re delicious!
If you don’t have time to cook them in the morning, try making them the night before and storing them in an airtight container in the fridge overnight.
They’ll be ready when you get up!
14. Deviled eggs
Cornbread goes perfectly with deviled eggs because it cuts through the richness of the egg yolks while offering a nice crunchy texture contrast.
This is another Southern staple that goes perfectly with cornbread.
The crunchy exterior and fluffy interior complement cornbread beautifully, and it makes for a really nice textural contrast as well!
We hope you enjoyed our suggestions for what to eat with cornbread for breakfast!
Veggies make for a great side to any meal—especially at breakfast!
So take advantage of what’s in season in the area you live in.
For instance, if you’re planning to visit your aunt in New York this winter, why not pick up some squash?
Or maybe your grandparents live in Florida during the summer, so you have access to fresh zucchini?
It doesn’t really matter where they live—just try something new every time!
17. Bananas foster
If you’re into the idea of having something sweet with your cornbread, here’s another option: bananas foster on top of your cornbread!
If you’re intimidated by the idea of making bananas foster, just let us assure you: we’ve done it ourselves and it’s not hard at all!
And once you have this delicious combination on your plate?
Well, let’s just say that everybody else will be wondering what your secret ingredient is.
18. Avocado toast
Sure, avocado toast may be overrated these days, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious!
The healthy fats in avocado are an excellent way to balance out the carbs in your morning meal.
19. Hash browns
This dish has been an American favorite for ages, and it’s easy to see why — hash browns are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and pair well with both sweet dishes like cornbread and fruit toast, as well as more savory options like grits (or even fruit toast).
20. Peanut butter
If you don’t have any fruit on hand but still want something flavorful, peanut butter is the way to go.
The rich flavor of the peanuts contrasts nicely with the light sweetness of the cornbread, making them the perfect pair.
21. Apple crumble
If you really want to treat yourself, try making an apple crumble cake with your cornbread as the main ingredient in the crumble topping!
You’ll want to drizzle some honey on top for extra flavor—and don’t forget the scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
22. Corn chowder
This one might sound weird, but hear us out!
Chowder is traditionally made with potatoes and corn, so the next time you whip up a batch of chowder for dinner, make sure that you save enough to have with your cornbread for breakfast the next day.
It’s like two meals in one!
23. Soft-boiled eggs
Eggs are great any time of day, but soft-boiled eggs are especially tasty with cornbread.
If you’re feeling extra fancy, try adding them to your fruit toast too!
24. Poached eggs
This is a classic combo—and for good reason!
Poached eggs are delicious with cornbread because they have such light flavors that won’t overpower the cornbread.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some spices like cumin or paprika for an extra kick!
25. Egg salad
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, why not try making your own egg salad?
Just chop up some hardboiled eggs and add mustard (or mayo!), salt and pepper to taste, then spread across your cornbread for a slightly spicy kick.
26. Eggs Benedict
This classic brunch dish pairs well with any kind of bread, including cornbread.
The cornbread isn’t going to replace the English muffin—let’s not get crazy—but it will add a nice layer of flavor to your breakfast sandwich that you might not have been expecting.
27. Honey butter
If you’re looking for something simple that pairs perfectly with your morning cornbread, look no further than honey butter!
It goes great with any flavor of cornbread!
If you want something rich and creamy with your cornbread, look no further than grits.
They’re the perfect accompaniment to any breakfast meal — or lunch or dinner!
29. Corned beef hash
This classic breakfast food pairs well with cornbread because it’s got a nice salty flavor to balance out the sweetness of the bread itself.
If your diet allows for it, an egg on top is an excellent addition too!
A classic breakfast burrito is delicious—but why not switch things up with a cornbread breakfast burrito?
It’s easy to make and tastes great.
You can add eggs and bacon as usual, or throw in some veggies you have on hand—it’s up to you!
If you’re looking for an unusual way to spice up your morning meal, try sweet potato pancakes.
They’re delicious with maple syrup and butter, or topped with fresh fruit and a dollop of yogurt.
32. Breakfast tacos
If you’re looking for something a little more substantial, why not try out breakfast tacos?
They’re just like regular tacos, but they’re stuffed with scrambled eggs and hash browns, which is pretty damn satisfying.
It’s hard to go wrong here—and if you’re looking for a solid lunchtime meal, this is your best bet.
Whether you use mayo or butter as your spread, this combination is sure to be delicious!
The combination of cornbread and Nutella is pretty much perfect—one has all the flavors you love about breakfast baked right into it, while the other provides that rich chocolatey goodness that goes along so well with cornbread.
You can never go wrong with chili.
It’s hearty, tasty, and if you make a big enough pot, there are leftovers for breakfast every day for the rest of the week! (Not that we recommend doing that.)
36. Chicken tenders
Have you ever had chicken tenders with a nice side of cornbread?
If not, you’re missing out! The meatiness of the chicken plus the sweetness of the bread makes for a perfect combo.
This one might not be for everyone, but we think it’s delicious!
If you want to get your morning started on a spicy note, whip up some salsa (or buy some at the grocery store) and pour it overtop your cornbread slices.
The whole family will love this one!
A classic breakfast sandwich is toast with eggs and bacon (or sausage).
But with cornbread, that sandwich becomes something truly special—and truly Southern!
Try an omelette with fresh basil and tomatoes on top of your cornbread.
Or if you really need to start your day off right, try one of our favorites: eggs, cheese, bacon, and avocado.
39. Pumpkin pie
Let’s be honest—pumpkin pie is good any time of the day!
But when you pair pumpkin pie with cornbread, they both become more than the sum of their parts.
The pumpkin pie brings out the sweetness of the cornbread, right as the cornbread cuts through the richness of the pumpkin pie. It’s a match made in heaven!
Plus, this is an especially good pairing if you have leftover dessert from last night’s dinner.
Not so much into chili but still love the idea of a hot breakfast?
Try making a soup instead! Broths and veggie soups are especially good when paired with cornbread.
Who doesn’t love muffins?
And the best part about them is that they’re essentially little cakes (or cupcakes without the icing) so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating them for breakfast!
Plus there are so many different kinds out there—you could have blueberry every day for a month without getting bored (although maybe not all at once).
Cornbread waffles are an amazing option when you’re feeling adventurous or just want something different for breakfast.
They’re delicious on their own, but also make a great base for toppings like syrup and butter or fruit and cream!
Smoothies are an easy way to pack in some veggies in the morning—and they don’t have to be green!
We love banana smoothies, especially when topped with chocolate chips or granola.
44. Ice cream
If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try ice cream with your cornbread?
It might seem like an odd combination at first, but you’re guaranteed to have fun trying it out!
Put some vanilla bean on top of your cornbread toast (it’s delicious!)
Hummus is SO GOOD on just about anything—especially cornbread!
The creamy texture goes perfectly with the hearty cornbread, and the flavor is incredible too!
If you have leftover pizza from last night’s dinner, there’s no better way to eat it for breakfast than with a slice of cornbread on the side!
It adds an extra crunchy texture to your pizza, which really makes all the difference when you’re craving some carbs first thing in the morning!
You might be thinking, “Watermelon for breakfast? That’s too summery!”
But watermelon is actually very tasty in the wintertime—just as long as it’s cold enough outside to enjoy it without feeling like you’re melting into the snow.
What to Eat with Cornbread for Breakfast (47 Options)
- Eggs and bacon
- Sausage gravy
- Milk and sugar
- Maple syrup
- Beer-battered chicken
- Plain yogurt
- Fresh fruit
- Spinach omelette or scramble
- Oven-roasted tomatoes
- Fried Eggs
- Deviled eggs
- Seasonal vegetables
- Bananas foster
- Avocado toast
- Hash browns
- Peanut butter
- Apple crumble
- Corn chowder
- Soft-boiled eggs
- Poached eggs
- Egg salad
- Eggs Benedict
- Honey butter
- Corned beef hash
- Breakfast burrito
- Sweet potato pancakes
- Breakfast tacos
- Chicken tenders
- Pumpkin pie
- Ice cream
- Pick any of the foods from this list to serve with your cornbread for breakfast.
- Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
- Be ready to enjoy your meal in less than 25 minutes!