How to make Cornmeal Porridge

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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. 
Author: Rachel Ottier-Hart
Average: 4.5 (8 votes)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins


Optional Ingredients


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.

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