Gluten Free Caribbean Cornbread Recipe

Published on Jan 22, 2024

  by   Kristina Stosek

5 reviews

Prep Time: 10 + resting minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Serves: 9 pc
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This gluten free Caribbean cornbread is a lighter take on the classic cornbread with spices, bringing exotic flavors to this cornbread. The crumb is light and very moist almost like a cake, with corn kernels studded throughout and a hint of sweetness. You can also brush it with melted butter while still warm to give it a buttery flavor.

a slice of Caribbean cornbread on a plate topped with honey and butter


Caribbean cornbread is a variation of traditional cornbread or cornmeal cake with regional ingredients and spices that add a Caribbean flair, not like the famous cheesy Mexican cornbread.


Caribbean cornbread has a lighter batter that offers versatility in cooking methods. It can be baked in different forms, including a skillet, a baking dish, and muffins, and can even be transformed into pancakes. Cooking times will vary.

fork filled with a piece of Caribbean corn cake


It is commonly served as a side dish to enhance main courses, proving to be an excellent accompaniment to savory dishes like Cincinnati Black Bean Chili or Caribbean Chicken Stew.

Additionally, Caribbean cornbread can be enjoyed as a snack with a slice of aged cheese or for breakfast topped with butter, honey, or tropical fruit syrups like this Gluten Free Mountain Berry Kodiak Syrup—my preferred way of savoring cornbread.


  • Gluten Free stone ground cornmeal
  • Gluten free flour
  • Baking powder
  • Eggs
  • Milk such as regular milk, coconut milk, or buttermilk
  • Sweetener
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Corn
  • Sea salt

Caribbean cornbread sliced into 9 squares


Measuring ingredients

Measuring ingredients correctly is crucial in gluten-free baking, as gluten-free flour and alternative ingredients behave differently and absorb liquids differently than wheat flour.

Overmixing the Batter

Overmixing the batter can incorporate too much air, leading to cracks on the surface. Mix the ingredients until just combined to avoid overworking the batter.

No Resting Time

Allowing the batter to rest for 15 minutes before baking softens the grains, prevents a gritty texture, and enables the consistency to thicken.

Test for Doneness

The cornbread recipe has a lighter batter, so keep a close eye on baking times and use the toothpick test to check for doneness. The cornbread should have a golden top and light brown edges.

Allow Cooling Time

Let the cornbread cool properly before slicing to prevent it from crumbling. Gluten free baked goods often benefit from a bit more time to set.

baked cornbread in a square pan


  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup creamed corn
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1 tsp. spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, or thyme, and although not Caribbean, vanilla is sometimes added
  • 1 tbsp or to taste chopped Scotch bonnet peppers (Caribbean red peppers)
  • 1/2 cup crispy chopped bacon
  • 4 oz. Shredded Monterey cheese

      Be sure to check that all ingredients are gluten free



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close up of a Caribbean cornbread crossection


Experience a cornbread like no other – a lighter crumb, moist as a cake, highlighted with corn kernels and a touch of sweetness. This Caribbean variation boasts regional ingredients and spices, bringing exotic flavors to the cornbread. Our recipe offers versatile variations, serving suggestions, and essential tips for success. ENJOY!

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