Maple Cornbread Recipe with Jumbo Shrimp

Maple-glazed cornbread with jumbo shrimp, charred corn and chilli tomato ragout

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Cornbread is a southern American classic. We've given it a twist with this recipe for maple-glazed cornbread with jumbo shrimp, charred corn and chilli tomato ragout



  • corn on the cob 2
  • olive oil for frying
  • shell-on prawns 8 large
  • butter 50g
  • red onion 1, finely diced
  • garlic 2 cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • roasted red pepper 1 from a jar, diced
  • plum tomatoes 3, seeded and diced
  • red chilli 1, finely chopped
  • Tabasco sauce 4 dashes
  • lemon 1, juiced and zested
  • flat-leaf parsley finely chopped to make 2 tbsp


  • cornmeal 300g 
  • bacon fat or lard 2 tbsp
  • baking powder 2 tsp
  • sugar 1 tbsp
  • eggs 2, beaten
  • buttermilk 300ml
  • butter 4 tbsp, melted
  • maple syrup 4 tbsp


  • Step 1

    To make the cornbread, toast the cornmeal in a frying pan over a low heat until lightly golden. Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.

  • Step 2

    Put the bacon fat into a 23cm metal or ovenproof frying pan and put in the oven to melt and heat for around 10 minutes. Mix the cornmeal with rest of the cornbread ingredients except the syrup.

  • Step 3

    Take the pan out of the oven. Pour in the batter (it should sizzle). Put in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the middle, take out of the oven then drizzle over the syrup and allow to rest.

  • Step 4

    Boil the corn cobs in salted water for 5 minutes and drain well. Fry them in a splash of oil, until really charred on all sides. Allow to cool, then slice off the kernels with a sharp knife.

  • Step 5

    Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan, add the prawns and allow to sizzle and colour. Turn them over and add the butter. Allow it to foam and start to brown. Lift the prawns out and reserve them. Add the onion and garlic and stir through. After 3-4 minutes, add the pepper, tomatoes, chilli and Tabasco and stir. Put the prawns back in the pan along with the corn kernels.Finish the ragout off with the lemon juice and half the chopped parsley.

  • Step 6

    Serve the cornbread in the frying pan with the ragout on top and sprinkle over the rest of the parsley and the lemon zest.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 814
  • Fat 43.4g
  • Saturates 19.5g
  • Carbs 84g
  • Fibre 5.1g
  • Protein 19.4g
  • Salt 3.1g