March 14, 2022| By

Coconut Cornbread with Sweet Lime Butter

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
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Coconut Cornbread is a sweet, nutty twist on traditional cornbread; made with unexpected ingredients then topped with zesty lime butter. Whether you enjoy this as a snack or a side with a hearty meal, one thing is for certain... You will be reaching for seconds!

If you are looking for more cornbread recipes then you have to check out my Browned Butter Bacon and Jalapeno Cornbread or my Sweet Potato Cornbread!

Coconut Cornbread sliced on a serving board with sweet lime butter and red currants

Leave the Jiffy box at the grocery store! Coconut Cornbread is super easy to make and tastes way better than any store-bought mix.

The inclusion of coconut and lime flavors reminds me of something indulgent and tropical. This moist buttery cornbread has a melt in your mouth quality and tastes like a slice of heaven!

sweet lime butter in a bowl with sliced coconut cornbread

Is cornbread supposed to be sweet?

Cornbread is such a versatile bread that it can be savory or sweet. I often go back and forth between the two flavor profiles. What matters most, is that the bread is moist and flavorful.

Most commonly, cornbread includes cornmeal, butter, and a bit of sugar. This time, I opted for sweet!

coconut cornbread with sweet lime butter on a wooden surface

key ingredients for coconut cornbread

  • Buttermilk: This adds a subtle, tangy flavor. It also makes the cornbread lighter when the acid reacts with the baking powder used in this recipe. This is essential in order to have a moist cornbread.
  • Sugar: Both brown and white sugar are used. Use more brown for added moisture.
  • Coconut Cream: In order to achieve a fluffy, buttery texture you need this.
  • Extract: Vanilla and coconut extract are used for enhanced flavor.
  • Cornmeal & Flour: The ratio of these ingredients is crucial. For a more cakey cornbread, use more flour. For a denser result, use more cornmeal instead. Cornmeal adds texture and flavor to the bread.
  • Shredded Coconut: This is used in the cornbread mixture as well as the topping. Use sweetened or unsweetened, depending on your preference.
slices of cornbread with limes on a wooden surface

how to make sweet lime butter

Sweet Lime Butter is a delicious addition to Coconut Cornbread. Just the thought of slathering it on a hot slice of cornbread has my mouth watering! Luckily, it is super simple to make.

It can be whipped up in a matter of seconds while the cornbread is baking in the oven. Simply combine butter, lime zest, lime juice, sugar, and salt in a small bowl and mix together. Then spread on top of a slice of coconut cornbread when you are ready to eat. It is that easy!

What to add to cornbread to keep it from crumbling?

No one wants a dry, crumbly cornbread. Definitely use buttermilk milk instead of regular milk for a soft, moist yet firm structure. Adding an extra egg or including sour cream also improves the texture of the cornbread.

cornbread cut into triangles on a serving board

what to serve with coconut cornbread

Cornbread pairs well with lots of different entrees. I think Coconut Cornbread would taste delicious with something saucy or marinated. Try one of these:

sweet lime butter in a bowl with cornbread



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sweet lime butter in a bowl with sliced coconut cornbread

Coconut Cornbread with Sweet Lime Butter

Serving: 122 servings
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Calories: 283kcal


  • 1 stick Salted butter, melted 
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Buttermilk 
  • ½ cup Brown sugar 
  • cup Sugar
  • ¼ cup Vegetable oil 
  • ¼ cup Coconut cream 
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Coconut extract
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp Baking powder 
  • 1 cup Cornmeal
  • 1 ½ cups  All-purpose flour 
  • ½ cup Shredded coconut, additional for topping
  • 4 tbsp Butter, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp Lime zest
  • 2 tsps Lime juice
  • 2 tsps Sugar
  • pich Kosher or flake salt


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, eggs, buttermilk, brown sugar, sugar, vegetable oil, coconut cream, vanilla extract, and coconut extract. Whisk until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together kosher salt, baking powder, cornmeal, all-purpose flour, and shredded coconut. Add to wet ingredients and mix until smooth, about 10-15 seconds
  • Spray a 10-inch oven-safe skillet with nonstick baking spray and add batter to the skillet. Sprinkle with additional coconut shreds and bake for 35 minutes, until golden brown.
  • To make the lime butter, combine butter, lime zest, lime juice, sugar, and salt in a small bowl and mix together. Spread on top of a slice of coconut cornbread.


Calories: 283kcal
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American

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