Instant Pot Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

A delicious combination of spicy and sweet, I love this buttery and cheese-packed cornbread. It’s the perfect side and cooked in the Instant Pot, I’m always guaranteed to get a moist and flavorful outcome.

Who doesn’t love cornbread? It’s the ultimate comfort food. It goes wonderfully with chili, soup, BBQ, or buttered vegetables.

This recipe uses the pot-in-pot method of cooking to achieve a delicious outcome. Be sure not to overmix the batter or you will likely end up with a wet center. If that happens, you can reset the Instant Pot for an additional 10 minutes or pop it in the oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes.

Remember to remove the seeds from the jalapeno unless you really love it spicy. Alternatively, you can cool it down further by removing the whitish inner veins of the pepper before dicing. Want to cool it off a touch more? Omit the jalapeno and substitute a half teaspoon of red pepper flakes.

A perfect combination of spicy and sweet.


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal, plus additional to coat pan
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 large jalapeno peppers seeded, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Additional cheese, diced jalapeno and green onion for topping (~1 tbsp each)


  1. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt. Gently fold in grated cheese, corn, diced jalapenos, and scallions until well distributed.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, honey, butter, and eggs. Pour over dry ingredients and mix gently until just combined. Do not overmix.
  3. Coat inside of a 7” cake pan with non-stick spray and dust with additional cornmeal. Spoon batter into prepared pan and top with ~1 tbsp each cheese, diced jalapeno, and green onion.
  4. Spray one side of a piece of aluminum foil and cover the pan loosely, sprayed side down – do not seal.
  5. Pour one cup of water in the Instant Pot and insert the trivet. Carefully lower the cake pan on to the trivet and secure the lid, making sure vent is closed.
  6. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 30 minutes.
  7. When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  8. Remove the pan and set it under the broiler until golden, 2-4 minutes (optional).

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.