Early American Johnnycakes

Historically these would have been fried in bacon fat. But vegetable oil will work just fine. These are great served with butter, maple syrup, or hot sauce

Serves: 8Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 1⁄2 cups boiling water
  • 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil


  • Stir the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk in the boiling water.
  • Place a griddle over medium-high heat. Once it’s heated, add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.
  • Drop the mixture onto the pan a few tablespoons at a time. Cook for 5 minutes before flipping and cooking the other side. Place them on a warmed plate until ready to serve. Repeat with remaining oil and batter.