Skillet Cornbread

Authentic Southern cornbread meets dukkah, an Egyptian nut-seed-spice mixture.

Yield: 8-16 servings

Time: 30 minutes


  • mortar and pestle
  • 2 medium bowls
  • wooden spoon
  • 10-inch cast iron skillet
  • whisk


  • 2 t coriander seeds, toasted
  • 2 t cumin seeds, toasted
  • 7 T pecans or walnuts, toasted and finely chopped
  • 2 T black sesame seeds, toasted
  • ½ t coarse salt
  • ¼ t fine salt
  • 1¾ c cornmeal
  • ¼ c flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • ¼ c plus 1 T melted coconut oil, divided
  • 2 T flaxseeds, ground
  • 6 T water
  • 1 c non-dairy milk
  • ¼ c cashew cream
  • 2 T cider vinegar
  • 1 T orange zest


Preheat oven to 425.

Combine coriander and cumin seeds in the mortar and smash with the pestle. Transfer to a bowl along with nuts, sesame seeds, salt, cornmeal, flour, and baking soda and powder. Mix well.

Oil the skillet with 1 T oil and place in oven.

In the other bowl, whisk together the flaxseeds and water, then whisk in the milk, cream, vinegar, and zest.

Add wet ingredients to the dry ones and stir until just combined.

Spread into the hot skillet, then bake until golden brown and firm, about 20 minutes.

Serve hot, or make into cornbread croutons.


 The first five ingredients make the dukkah, which you can also use to sprinkle on vegetables or beans for extra flavor.

VeganAdapted from the recipe for “Skillet cornbread with pecan dukkah” in Afro-Vegan (read my review).

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Vegan skillet cornbread