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Eat like an astronaut with this space cornbread recipe

Posted at 4:19 PM, Nov 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-28 16:19:04-05

Space cornbread (Courtesy of NASA)

Would you like to eat like an astronaut? NASA released a recipe for Thanksgiving so people can try out feasting like astronauts do in space.

The recipe is a “cornbread dressing” dish and NASA said it’s straight out of their Space Food Systems Lab.

Here it is:


  • 12 cups crumbled cornbread
  • 3 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp. rubbed sage


  • Preheat convection oven to 325° F. Conventional oven should be heated to 350° F.
  • Grease 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  • Peel onions and puree in food processor. Place in bowl. Set aside.
  • Finely chop celery in food processor. Add to onion puree. Set aside.
  • Heat sauté pan over medium heat. Melt butter and sauté onion and celery mixture until soft (about 5 minutes).
  • Add to crumbled, prepared cornbread. Mix well. In a separate bowl, combine salt, poultry seasoning, black pepper, parsley, and sage.
  • Add to cornbread-sautéed vegetables mixture.
  • Add chicken broth. Mix well. Spoon dressing into prepared baking pan.
  • Bake for approximately 35 minutes at 325° F or 350° F, depending on oven.

NASA said for spaceflight preparation the dressing is baked then transferred and freeze-dried accordingly. One serving of cornbread dressing should weigh approximately 145 g prior to freeze-drying and 50 g after freeze-drying, they added.