Perfecting Cornbread with Chef Tiffany Derry

Chef Tiffany Derry

Chef Tiffany Derry talks about the ingredients that make the perfect cornbread and how to get that crispy, cast-iron crust.



  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Yellow Cornmeal
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • ½ cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, melted (+ 1 Tbsp. for your pan)
  • 2 Large Eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Corn Kernels, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 2 cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Jalapeños, chopped

  • For Garnish
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 2 teaspoons Smoked Sea Salt


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Heat a small 6 or 8-inch cast iron pan over medium heat then melt a tablespoon of butter in it, making sure you cover the sides of the pan. This will give it a nice crispy edge. Take it off the heat once the butter is melted.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the milk, melted butter, eggs, corn, cheese, and jalapeños. Mix until the batter just comes together. Make sure not to over mix or the cornbread will be tough.
  • Pour into your buttered pan, filling it about halfway up the side, and bake until the cornbread has risen and is lightly brown on top, 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Smear the top of the cornbread with softened butter, drizzle with honey, and sprinkle with a little smoked sea salt.

About the Chef

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Chef Tiffany Derry

As a Texas native growing up on her Southern family farm, Tiffany Derry learned early on that farm-to-table eating wasn’t just a trend – it was a lifestyle. This family passion inspired her to begin her chef career at the young age of 15, and she hasn’t stopped since. As an entrepreneur, she is the founder of Tiffany Derry Concepts and co-founder of T2D Concepts. Two companies that combine the desire to serve others with an underlying advocacy to drive social change in the hospitality industry. Tiffany is no stranger to the television spotlight as a celebrity chef, earning a spot in the top four and “fan favorite” in the hit cooking series, Top Chef. As restaurateur of Roots Chicken Shak and Roots Southern Table (which earned a spot on the NY Times Restaurant List 2021, and was named ‘Restaurant of the Year’ by Eater: Dallas), Chef Tiffany continues to push the boundaries and redefine Southern cuisine, serving up fantastic food and deep connection around the table.