Easy Jiffy Cornbread Stuffing Recipe for Thanksgiving


Jiffy Cornbread Dressing Recipes Thanksgiving

Stuffing is a traditional side dish for a Thanksgiving dinner, and this Jiffy cornbread dressing recipes is a fabulous alternative to a traditional stuffing recipe. I am so excited to share this cornbread dressing recipe with you so that you can enjoy it this holiday season.

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Stuffing vs Jiffy Cornbread Dressing 

You might ask what exactly is the difference between Jiffy cornbread dressing and traditional stuffing. Traditional stuffing is typically made using bread crumbs or stale bread, such as white bread that has sat out and become stale, and it has been cut or ripped into small pieces. 

The stuffing is then made when these stale bread pieces are combined together with other ingredients like chicken broth, or turkey broth, along with celery, cranberries, or other ingredients like onions, peppers, etc. depending on your preference or your family’s tradition.

Compared to your traditional stuffing recipe, Jiffy cornbread dressing is another type of stuffing made with crumbly cornbread in place of regular stale bread. You can use both regular corn bread or stale cornbread in this southern cornbread dressing recipe. 

It’s a great way to turn your tasty cornbread into a stuffing recipe that can be enjoyed with your other Thanksgiving recipes this holiday season. Depending on your preference, you might enjoy making cornbread dressing for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Jiffy Cornbread Dressing

Making Jiffy cornbread dressing is a great alternative to traditional stuffing on your Thanksgiving table. You can easily use a Jiffy mix to make your cornbread, rather than trying to rip it up from scratch. 

After your cornbread has been made according to the box’s instructions, you can simply crumble it up and add it with a few other ingredients for a delicious side dish of homemade cornbread dressing to enjoy with your Thanksgiving dinner this holiday season.

You can use your favorite cornbread recipe, or your family recipe handed down for generations to make the cornbread.

You can also use the easy method to make this cornbread dressing, by using a Jiffy box mix of cornbread. You can pick the box mix up for a little cost and only need to add a few ingredients in order to make a delicious, boxed cornbread. Then combine your fresh cornbread, with a few other simple ingredients to make a delicious dressing for your Thanksgiving table. 

Let’s check out the other simple ingredients you will need as well as some simple steps you can follow in order to make this easy Jiffy cornbread dressing recipe for your Thanksgiving dinner.

baked cornbread stuffing

Cornbread Stuffing Mix

Jiffy Cornbread Mix. You will want to use approximately two boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix for an 8 x 8 pan, or approximately four boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix prepared according to the box’s instructions for a 9 x 13 cornbread dressing.

You may also use boxes of Jiffy corn muffin mix if needed. These cornbread mixes can be picked up at your local grocery store, typically in the baking aisle, for a low price. You can also use leftover crumbled corn bread for this recipe. It’s a great way to use up stale or leftover cornbread.

Chicken Broth. You will want to use some chicken broth or chicken stock to help make the cornbread dressing nice and moist. You may substitute the chicken broth for turkey broth, or vegetable broth if desired.

Olive Oil. Olive oil is used for sautéing the vegetables, to help break them down before adding them into the dressing. If you prefer, you can substitute olive oil for your favorite type of oil, or you could even use butter as a substitute.

Onion. Adding diced onion to the dressing helps to add additional flavor. I prefer to add yellow or white onion but feel free to add whatever type of onion you like the best. 

Celery. Diced celery is one of my favorite ingredients to include with this cornbread dressing. You can of course skip this ingredient if you would prefer to substitute other items like bell peppers or carrots.

Cranberries. Dried cranberries also help to add color and a hint of sweet flavor to the cornbread dressing recipe. You can skip these if you prefer but including them helps to make the cornbread stuffing a delicious dish that has a hint of sweetness. You can use dried cranberries, or Craisins if you prefer.

Seasonings. For the basic seasonings, I like to use black pepper, sea salt, and either minced garlic or garlic powder to add a little bit of flavor. Another good option for seasoning is to use your favorite type of poultry seasoning.

You can add as much as you prefer of your favorite kind. You can also skip the poultry seasoning completely and simply use salt, pepper, and garlic, which will also provide delicious flavor.

Herbs. You may also choose to add fresh herbs or dried herbs to the cornbread dressing recipe.

Some great options are to add a little bit of sage, but not too much sage, oregano, or some thyme. Feel free to mix it up and add whichever herbs you like the best.

How to Make Jiffy Cornbread Dressing

First, preheat the oven to 400°F. While the oven is preheating, you can make the cornbread mixture in a large bowl. If you’re using a box of Jiffy corn muffins mix, then you will want to combine for one package, mix one egg and 1/3 cup of milk. Keep in mind that we recommend using two boxes for an 8 x 8 pan of Jiffy cornbread dressing, or four boxes for a 9 x 13 pan of cornbread dressing.

Spray a baking dish with cooking spray, then add in your cornbread mixture to the prepared baking dish. Bake according to the box’s instructions, or until it is golden brown, and cooked all the way through. Remove it from the oven and set it aside to cool.

baked cornbread
crumbled cornbread for stuffing

Next, dice the onion and celery. Take a large skillet, and place it over medium heat. Drizzle the bottom of the skillet with olive oil, then add the diced onion and celery. Sauté it until the onions are translucent in color. Then remove them from the heat.

In a separate bowl, crumble the cornbread, then add chicken broth, sautéed onions, and celery, cranberries, and any desired seasonings or herbs. Gently fold the mixture until they are combined. Be careful not to stir too hard, as you don’t want the cornbread chunks to completely dissolve.

cornbread and vegetables
scooping cornbread stiffing

Next, preheat the oven once more to 375°F. Lightly grease a casserole dish with cooking spray, then pour in your cornbread dressing mixture. Use a rubber spatula to smooth it evenly in the pan.

Add the pan into the heated oven, and bake for approximately 40 to 55 minutes, or until the dressing is cooked all the way through. Make sure that the center is firm before allowing it to cool slightly. Remove from the oven, let it rest for a few minutes, then serve and enjoy!

Storage of Jiffy Cornbread Dressing

At Room Temperature. After your Jiffy cornbread dressing recipe has been prepared for Thanksgiving dinner, it can be left at room temperature for up to two hours when your room temperature is between 40°F and 90°F.

If your room temperature is 90°F or above, it should be left at room temperature for no more than one hour before it goes bad.

In the Fridge. The best way to store any leftover cornbread dressing is to keep it in the fridge. Once your dressing has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to an airtight container, then place it into the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.

How to Reheat Jiffy Cornbread Dressing

Microwave. If you have any leftover cornbread dressing, it can be reheated in the microwave if desired. First transfer it to a microwave safe dish, then microwave for approximately 1 to 2 minutes until it is warmed all the way through.

You might consider covering it with a damp paper towel while it is microwaved so that it does not dry out.

In the oven. Another way to reheat any leftover cornbread dressing is to warm it in the oven. First, preheat the oven to 350°F, then make sure the leftover dressing is in an oven-safe container.

Cover the dish with aluminum foil, then place into the oven for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until the dressing is warmed all the way through. 

Air fryer. Another way to reheat small portions of leftover Jiffy cornbread dressing is in the air fryer. First, make sure that your cornbread dressing is in an air fryer safe container, then preheat the air fryer to 350°F.

Air fry for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until your dressing is warmed all the way through. Please keep in mind that the time may vary depending on your specific air fryer.

scooping cornbread stiffing

The Perfect Side Dish

Jiffy cornbread dressing is really the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving turkey. You can make it ahead of time if desired, or you can make it Thanksgiving day, to enjoy with your holiday dinner.

This Jiffy cornbread dressing is seriously one of the best side dishes you can make to enjoy with your holiday meal. If you’re looking for some other delicious side dishes to go with your Thanksgiving dinner, you might consider a green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, or even cranberry sauce. Here are a few of our favorite recipes you might enjoy with Thanksgiving. 


In addition to the recipe outlined above, and in the recipe card below, there are a few different variations you might enjoy to mix things up and adapt the recipe to your preferences. Let’s look at what some of these variations are. 

Bell Pepper. In addition, or in place of the celery, you might include adding a diced bell pepper or even jalapeño pepper if you’d like a little bit of heat. Feel free to add peppers into the cornbread dressing to mix things up if you wish.

Bacon Grease. Believe it or not, if you have any bacon grease laying around, this makes a great item to sauté your vegetables in rather than using olive oil. Plus, the bacon grease will add some amazing flavor to your cornbread dressing.

Pork Sausage. Using sausage of any kind, whether it’s pork sausage or andouille sausage, you can enjoy any flavor that the sausage provides, in your cornbread dressing. This is a great way to take this recipe and turn it into a main dish, for any other day of the year.

Cream of Chicken Soup. Another delicious variation, as they had a can of cream of chicken soup, in the cornbread dressing. You can add a can of cream of chicken soup in addition to the chicken broth if desired. They simply mix your dressing a little bit creamier than the version without cream of chicken soup.

Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you along the way, in making your homemade Jiffy corn bread dressing recipe.

Enough Broth. One key, when making this cornbread dressing is to make sure that you have enough broth included so that the cornbread stuffing does not turn out to be dry after it has been baked the second time.

Prepare Ahead of Time. One nice thing about this cornbread stuffing recipe is that you can make it ahead of time if desired. Sometimes on the day of Thanksgiving, there are so many things going on it’s great to make as much in advance as you can. This jiffy cornbread dressing recipe is one of those items that you can make in advance, then simply reheat it in the oven before serving.

Cover with Aluminum Foil. When you are baking the jiffy cornbread dressing in the oven, it’s important that it is baked until the center is set. Sometimes it can be tricky to have the center done, and not burn the outer edges. One great way to make sure that it is cooked evenly is to cover it with aluminum foil so that the edges do not burn. This way the center can finish cooking. 

Easy Jiffy Cornbread

Turning a batch of cornbread, into a delicious jiffy cornbread dressing is super easy, and a great way to mix things up with your traditional Thanksgiving menu. If you’re looking for an easy and delicious dish to enjoy this holiday season, then I would recommend you give this Jiffy cornbread dressing recipe a try. 

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out our version of this Jiffy cornbread dressing recipe for Thanksgiving. I hope you’ll give it a try, and I hope you enjoy it!

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Faith is the resident baking expert of this sister duo, and first started baking at age ten when she learned to make chocolate chip cookies on her own. From there she went on to have her own night of the week to make dinner for the whole family. She is excited to share amazing recipes and a love of food, and help you become kitchen smart!

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