Delicious Gluten-Free Cornbread Sticks Recipe

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I am always on the lookout for healthy and delicious recipes that can be enjoyed by everyone. And this Gluten-Free Cornbread Sticks Recipe is one of those recipes which will satisfy your taste buds without compromising your health.

Cornbread is a classic Southern dish that has been around for centuries, and these gluten-free cornbread sticks are just as good as the original, if not better. The recipe calls for a flour blend made with naturally gluten-free ingredients like cornmeal, tapioca starch, and xanthan gum, giving you moist and slightly sweet cornsticks perfect for pairing with soups, stews or chowders.

Whether you’re following a gluten-free diet or simply looking to switch up your usual bread recipe, I guarantee you’ll love these easy-to-make cornsticks. So let’s get started with the ingredient list and how-to instructions to create our own delicious Southern-inspired cornbread sticks in no time!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Cornbread Sticks
Gluten Free Cornbread Sticks

This gluten-free cornbread sticks recipe is one of the best cornbread recipes you will ever taste! Whether you have celiac disease or you are trying to follow a gluten-free diet, this recipe makes it incredibly easy for you to indulge in this Southern classic, without compromising on flavor or quality.

If you’re anything like me, then you love traditional Southern dishes, and cornbread is no exception. This recipe will have you savoring every bite, as it combines the mouth-watering flavors of old-fashioned cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder with gluten-free flour blend and xanthan gum to make tender and delicious gluten-free cornsticks.

This recipe saves time and money without sacrificing quality or taste, as it requires only seven ingredients that are easy to find at your local grocery store. Plus, since it can be made in a variety of shapes like corn-shaped or stick-shaped using any cast iron skillet or specialty pan of your choice, it’s perfect for any occasion.

You’ll absolutely love how moist and flavorful each bite is! Whether served with a bowl of piping hot chili or paired alongside a summer barbecue spread, these gluten-free cornsticks add the perfect finishing touch.

The best part? You won’t even miss the wheat flour! These sticks offer a texture that’s crispy on the outside, yet wonderfully moist on the inside—making them addictively delicious for anyone who tries them.

Trust me when I say this—once you try out this delicious Gluten-Free Cornbread Sticks Recipe made from fresh ingredients like egg, baking soda and cornflour, you won’t ever go back to conventional recipes again!

Ingredient List

 Bringing some Southern flavor to your table with these gluten-free cornbread sticks!
Bringing some Southern flavor to your table with these gluten-free cornbread sticks!

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour blend (I recommend Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk or dairy-free milk substitute
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or dairy-free substitute like coconut oil
  • Corn stick pan or cast iron skillet

Note: If you don’t have a gluten-free flour blend, you can substitute with a mixture of ½ cup cornmeal, ¼ cup tapioca starch, and ¼ cup rice flour.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to dip these delicious cornbread sticks in your favorite sauce!
Get ready to dip these delicious cornbread sticks in your favorite sauce!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Before we start baking, let’s gather all the ingredients. You will need 1 cup cornmeal, 1 cup gluten-free flour blend (you can substitute by using tapioca starch or corn flour), 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 cup sugar.

Step 2: Mix dry ingredients

In a mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, gluten-free flour blend, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir together until well mixed.

Step 3: Add egg

Crack one egg into a separate bowl and beat it. Pour the beaten egg into the dry ingredients mixture.

Step 4: Add wet ingredients

Pour in 1 and 1/4 cups of milk to the bowl. You can use any kind of milk that you prefer – almond milk or soy milk works great as a dairy-free alternative. Stir everything together.

Step 5: Grease pan

Heat up your cornstick pan or cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat until hot. Grease each section with coconut oil or butter using a pastry brush.

Step 6: Pour batter into pan

Fill each section of the pan halfway with batter. Be careful not to overfill or underfill each section to get perfectly shaped cornbread sticks.

Step 7: Bake

Bake for about 15 -17 minutes at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) until golden brown.

Step 8: Cool and serve

Take out the pan from the oven and let it cool for a couple of minutes before removing the cornbread sticks. Enjoy your delicious gluten-free cornbread sticks by serving them warm with your favorite toppings – honey butter or bacon-jalapeno are great options!

Now that you know how to make gluten-free cornbread sticks, you can try out different variations, such as adding sliced jalapeños or minced garlic to the batter.

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfectly golden and crispy, these gluten-free cornbread sticks are hard to resist.
Perfectly golden and crispy, these gluten-free cornbread sticks are hard to resist.

Making substitutions to suit your taste and dietary preferences is the beauty of cooking. The gluten-free cornbread sticks recipe can be modified or altered without compromising the texture or flavor. Here are some suggestions for substitutions or variations that you may want to try:

– Gluten-free flour blend: Instead of using store-bought gluten-free flour, you can make a homemade blend using 3 parts of all-purpose gluten-free flour, 2 parts of cornmeal, and 1 part of tapioca starch or arrowroot powder. This blend works well in most baking recipes.

– Egg substitute: If you are vegan or allergic to eggs, you can use a flax egg by mixing 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for 5 minutes to thicken. Alternatively, you can use unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana as an egg substitute.

– Dairy-free: To make the recipe dairy-free, replace the milk with any unsweetened plant-based milk (e.g. almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk) and use vegan butter instead of regular butter.

– Sweet cornbread: If you prefer a sweeter version of cornbread sticks, add 2-3 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup to the batter along with the sugar.

– Jalapeño cornbread: For a spicy kick, add diced jalapeños (seeds removed) to the batter or sprinkle some on top before baking. You can also add some shredded cheddar cheese for extra flavor.

– Bacon jalapeño cornbread: Combine diced cooked bacon with diced jalapeño and add them to the batter for a smoky and spicy twist.

– Corn-shaped cornbread sticks: To make the cornbread sticks look like mini corn cobs, pour the batter into a preheated cast iron cornstick pan and bake as directed. These cute and delicious bite-sized treats are perfect for parties or picnics.

Remember, the key to successful substitutions is to maintain the ratio of dry and wet ingredients. Always start with small adjustments and taste as you go. Enjoy experimenting with different variations to create your own unique version of the gluten-free cornbread sticks recipe.

Serving and Pairing

 A great addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu with these gluten-free cornbread sticks.
A great addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu with these gluten-free cornbread sticks.

When it comes to serving and pairing these gluten-free cornbread sticks, the possibilities are endless. This southern-style staple can be enjoyed on its own as a tasty snack or used as a side dish for your next meal.

One classic pairing is with a hearty chili or soup, such as a warm bowl of beef stew or chicken noodle soup. The subtle sweetness of the cornbread brings balance to the richness of the soup or stew, making for a well-rounded meal.

For a fun twist, try serving these cornbread sticks with bacon jalapeno jam or honey butter for added flavor. You can even use them as a base for mini corn chowder shooters, topped with sour cream and chives for a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

If you’re feeling adventurous, serve them as part of a southern-inspired brunch spread, alongside sweet cornbread and cast iron corn cob shaped pancakes. The combination of savory and sweet is sure to satisfy any palate.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair these gluten-free cornbread sticks, they are sure to be a hit at your next gathering or family meal.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These cornbread sticks are gluten-free and also dairy-free for a healthier twist.
These cornbread sticks are gluten-free and also dairy-free for a healthier twist.

Once prepared, these gluten-free cornbread sticks can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days. However, if you’re not planning on consuming them right away, it’s best to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you’re making these cornbread sticks ahead of time, they can be frozen in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to three months.

To reheat your cornbread sticks, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Spread butter or olive oil on top of each stick before reheating. Then place the cornbread sticks on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until they are heated through and crispy on the outside.

If you’re short on time or can’t use the oven, then you can reheat your cornbread sticks in the microwave. Place them on a microwave-safe plate and heat them for 20 seconds at a time until warm enough.

Remember that reheating may change the texture of your cornbread sticks, so it’s important to keep an eye on them while reheating. Try not to overheat them as this will make them dry and hard. With proper storage and reheating techniques, your gluten-free cornbread sticks should retain their delightful taste and texture even after being stored for extended periods.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Cornbread with a twist, these gluten-free cornbread sticks will change the way you look at cornbread!
Cornbread with a twist, these gluten-free cornbread sticks will change the way you look at cornbread!

To achieve the best gluten-free cornbread sticks, there are a few tips that will help you. These tips will ensure the perfect texture and flavor every time. Here are some of my top tips to follow:

– Firstly, don’t over mix the batter. Mix until everything is just combined, and then stop. This will prevent tough cornbread sticks.

– Use a cast-iron cornstick pan if possible. This will give the sticks a crispy crust and a delightful corn shape.

– If you don’t have a specific cornstick pan at home, you can use a muffin tin instead. It may change the size and shape of your breadsticks, but the flavor will remain.

– Be sure to use fresh ingredients, especially baking powder and baking soda, as these ingredients lose their effectiveness after some time.

– Make sure that your oven is preheated to the correct temperature before you put in the batter. This helps your bread to rise correctly.

– To add some extra flavor, try adding some diced jalapeños or bacon bits to your cornbread batter.

Remember, these tips may vary depending on your preferences and available ingredients, so adjust them accordingly. By following these guidelines, you’ll be able to make delicious gluten-free cornbread sticks every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these gluten-free cornbread sticks are perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a tasty snack without having to worry about gluten, dairy or any other similar issues. With just a few ingredients and some simple ingredients, you can whip up a delicious batch of these cornbread sticks that everyone will love.

So why not give this recipe a try? Whether you’re looking to serve them with soup, chili or as a snack on their own, you won’t be disappointed. And with plenty of tips and substitutions available, you can easily adapt this recipe to suit your taste preferences.

No matter how you choose to enjoy them, these gluten-free cornbread sticks are sure to become a family favorite. So get your cast-iron pan ready and start baking this delicious and easy to make southern-inspired snack today!

Gluten Free Cornbread Sticks

Gluten Free Cornbread Sticks Recipe

A quick and easy gluten free recipe. Great with chili!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 12 cornsticks
Calories 157.1 kcal


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 14 ounces cream-style corn
  • 1 egg


  • Preheat oven to 450. Place cast iron cornstick pan in oven for 10 minues to preheat. Meanwhile, combine all ingredients. Remove pan and spray with PAM. Pour batter into pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • Variations: Add one or more of the following: Cheddar cheese, diced canned chilis (drained), pre-cooked bacon bits, minced jalepeno pepper, bacon grease instead of oil.

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Serving: 100gCalories: 157.1kcalCarbohydrates: 28.8gProtein: 3.9gFat: 4.1gSaturated Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 35.2mgSodium: 716.1mgFiber: 2.3gSugar: 3g
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