How to make Cornmeal Porridge

Published on August 20th 2021 by Rachael Ottier Hart.
Last updated on March 4th 2024
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Cornmeal Porridge in a bowl topped with blueberries

Cornmeal Porridge is a great way to start the morning or if you are looking for a sweet treat to warm you up on those cold, rainy days. Similar to how you may prepare oats or cream of wheat, yellow cornmeal can also be used in the same way. However, this recipe features coconut milk to incorporate that creamy Caribbean flavor we all know and love. With a nice blend of spices and a few optional ingredients for you to choose from, we believe that this porridge will be your new go-to breakfast of champions.

What is cornmeal porridge good for?

Cornmeal porridge is good for a filling breakfast, it can also be made into savory dishes and side dishes spiced up and paired with vegetables and cheeses. 

What kind of cornmeal do you use for porridge?

Steel ground, yellow cornmeal is used for making porridge. 

Is cornmeal porridge good for the stomach?

Cornmeal is very high in dietary fiber which promotes a healthy gut, the porridge is also filling and keeps you feeling satisfied for longer. 

How many calories are in cornmeal porridge?

There are 460 calories per serving, in this recipe. 

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Serves
4

Ingredients

  • 350 grams Cornmeal (yellow & fine ground)

  • 500 ml Water

  • 200 ml Coconut Milk

  • 50 ml Condensed Coconut Milk

  • 1 Bay Leaf

  • 3 Cloves whole

  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg

  • 3 grams Ginger, minced

  • 1 teaspoon Mixed Essence

  • ¼ teaspoon Salt

Optional Ingredients
  • Raisins Or other dried fruit

  • Nuts

  • Desiccated Coconut

  • Fresh Fruit in bite-sized pieces 

Instructions

Add the water to a 3-quart saucepan and boil the bay leaf and cloves for 10-15 minutes.

Add the coconut milk and lower the heat to a simmer stirring to combine.

Slowly stir and add the cornmeal to the liquid at the same time to prevent clumping.

Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, essence, and salt, mixing to combine.

Use the condensed coconut milk to taste, depending on how sweet you like it.

Once the cornmeal has absorbed the liquid and the mixture has become a thick creamy consistency, it is ready!

Mix in optional ingredients, then remove from heat and serve warm in bowls.

Rachael Ottier Hart
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Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

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Rachael Ottier Hart
Author:

Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

More posts by Rachael Ottier Hart