Corn Dodgers – An Accidentally Simple Recipe

by Texas Homesteader ~

I was in a hurry. We were planning a day trip to see my father & I always try to bring food along so he doesn’t have to bother with ‘entertaining’.

So early that morning I made the Homemade Soup and some homemade Apple Crumble. And dad loves cornbread, so I whipped up some of my homemade cornbread too (no Jalapenos this time though…)

But as RancherMan came into the kitchen he  saw ‘that‘ look on my face. “What’s wrong?” he asked. 

UGH! My cornbread wasn’t rising. In my haste to get everything done I’d apparently forgotten to add the baking powder.

Looking at the flat cornbread & to make me feel better he said: “Don’t worry, I’ll eat them. They’ll be CORN DODGERS!”

Corn Dodgers are like cornbread, but more dense and not as crumbly. My baking mistake had delicious results and I'll be making them from now on. #TexasHomesteader

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Now I’d heard of corn dodgers from the classic western movie True Grit. In the movie, The Duke, John Wayne, had brought corn dodgers along with him on the trail as food to sustain him.

But I assumed it wasn’t really a thing, something just made up for the movie.

No Rhyme or Reason To Corn Dodger Recipes

So I went looking online. The best I can tell many people use corn dodgers as a kind of hush puppy, either frying or baking them in small balls.

And some use boiling water in their recipe, but not all of them. There were some recipes that had many different ingredients and some had as few as 3 ingredients.

But I didn’t see any rhyme or reason to exactly what a Corn Dodger was. So I decided this will be my much-easier version of a corn dodger.

I must admit, they were pretty good. Since the recipe is very similar, the taste was close to my standard cornbread recipe. But the corn dodgers were more dense and not near as crumbly.

Corn Dodgers are like cornbread, but more dense and not as crumbly. My baking mistake had delicious results and I'll be making them from now on. #TexasHomesteader

Simplified Corn Dodger Cooking

Plus I simplify my version by baking it all at one time in my grandmother’s cast-iron skillet.

My grandmother's antique cast-iron skillet. Corn Dodgers are like cornbread, but more dense and not as crumbly. My baking mistake had delicious results and I'll be making them from now on. #TexasHomesteader

No standing over the frying grease or trying to roll dough into little balls for the oven.  

I simply bake it all in my cast-iron skillet and then cut into pieces for serving. Yes, easier in the kitchen is my wheelhouse, y’all.

So although these corn dodgers were initially a mistake, it ended up being a delicious mistake.

This Texas Homesteader version of Corn Dodgers will be on tight rotation in our household. RancherMan loves ’em & I know you’ll love ’em too.

Texas Homesteader Corn Dodgers

My simplified version of making Corn Dodgers. No extra steps or complicated ingredients. Simple and quick. #TexasHomesteader

Course bread
Cuisine American
Keyword cornbread, easy recipe, fast bread, skillet
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 9 Servings


  • 1 cup Yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup oil (I use melted bacon grease)
  • 1 large Egg



  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place 10" cast-iron skillet in oven as it is preheating.

  2. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl mix milk, egg and oil until blended. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and stir until moistened and fairly smooth (about 1 minute.)

  3. Carefully remove hot skillet from oven and grease with butter. Pour batter into skillet and bake 20 to 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


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4 thoughts on “Corn Dodgers – An Accidentally Simple Recipe

  1. Ken

    I am going to try this tonight. I accidentally bought white cornmeal l a couple of weeks ago and am going to use that. Hope it turns out. Regards

  2. Sandra ONeill

    He Little House Series talks of corn dodgers.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Heck I thought they were made up for the movie Sandra, but research showed me that they really are a thing. I make them a little simpler than most by cooking it together & cutting into individual corn dodgers instead of cooking as individual corn dodgers but I’m a laz…. I mean efficient cook. LOL. But they’re delicious! ~TxH~


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