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Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge Recipe

Smooth, creamy, and hearty, Jamaican cornmeal porridge is as filling as it’s delicious.

In this article, we’re sharing 4 different Jamaican cornmeal porridge recipes that you can make at home for the whole family no matter their age.

Traditional-Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge
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Traditional Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge Recipe

Total Time25 mins
Servings: 5

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 - 3 cups milk
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp salt adjust to taste
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp nutmeg, to taste
  • Sweetened condensed milk, to taste
  • Brown sugar, to taste

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, add 2 cups of water and 2 cups of milk.
  • Throw in 1/2 stick of cinnamon and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Gradually whisk in the cornmeal until you’ve added the whole amount into the pot. Remember, only add a little bit at a time and keep stirring with a wooden spoon to avoid the formation of lumps.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cook for about 15 minutes until the mixture thickens.
  • Add the vanilla extract, nutmeg, and sweetened condensed milk.
  • Adjust the consistency by adding milk and/or water if needed.
  • Turn off the heat. Serve piping hot with extra nutmeg or brown sugar.

Notes

Notes

  • Stir the mixture as you're adding the cornmeal to the saucepan to prevent lumps.
  • Use superfine cornmeal for a creamy, smooth texture.
  • For the best taste, allow the cornmeal to cook for at least 15 minutes (the longer the better).
  • Use low fat or fat-free milk if you’re looking for a low-fat option.
  • The cornmeal will naturally thicken as it cools. But if it seems too thick during cooking, just add 1/4 cup of milk or water at a time if desired.
  • Coarse cornmeal takes a lot longer to boil (at least 30 minutes until the texture is smooth and not grainy).

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge with Coconut Milk Recipe

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge with Coconut Milk Recipe
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Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge with Coconut Milk Recipe

Total Time30 mins
Keyword: jamaican cornmeal, porridge
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups fine-ground cornmeal (8 ounces; 225g)
  • Water
  • One 13.5-ounce (400ml) can of coconut milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup (3 1/2 ounces; 100g) light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp (10ml) pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (175ml) coconut condensed milk, or to taste
  • Coconut condensed milk, optional for drizzling
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, stir the cornmeal with 1 cup (235ml) of room temperature water.
  • Meanwhile in a large saucepan, add the coconut milk, bay leaves, salt, and 3 1/3 cups (790ml) of water. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Gradually whisk in the cornmeal mixture with its water, then reduce the heat to low to maintain a gentle simmer without splattering.
  • Continue to cook, while stirring frequently to prevent lumps, until the cornmeal has thickened for at least 15 minutes.
  • At any point, stir in more water as needed if the porridge becomes too thick.
  • Remove the bay leaves and add the brown sugar, vanilla, and coconut condensed milk.
  • Season with freshly grated nutmeg to taste.
  • If lumps form while cooking, whisk the mixture vigorously to make it smooth.
  • Pour the porridge into bowls, drizzle with condensed milk, and dust lightly with nutmeg. Serve hot.

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge with Almond Milk Recipe

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Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge with Almond Milk Recipe

Total Time20 mins
Keyword: jamaican cornmeal porridge
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cornmeal (fine)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups almond milk, divided
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ⅓ - ½ cup pure cane sugar or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Fruits such as mango slices, banana slices, and naseberry (peeled, deseeded)
  • Toasted coconut flakes

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, mix the cornmeal with 1 cup of almond milk and 1 cup of water until smooth.
  • In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the almond milk, coconut milk, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Gradually add the cornmeal mixture and stir continuously using a whisk. While the porridge thickens, you have to keep stirring to prevent the formation of lumps.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and allow porridge to simmer for about 10 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  • Add the sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  • Allow the cornmeal porridge to cook for another 5 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  • Pour the cornmeal porridge into bowls. Top with fruits and toasted coconut flakes. Serve hot.

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge Recipe for Babies

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge Recipe
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Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge Recipe for Babies

Keyword: jamaican cornmeal porridge
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup cornmeal, fine
  • 1 cup cold water or milk for mixing. You can dissolve 3 tablespoons of powdered milk in a cup of water. If you’re using baby formula, mix according to the instructions on the container.
  • ¼ cup evaporated milk (don’t add for babies under 1 year)
  • 2 cups milk at room temperature
  • 1 cup water at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp sugar, or more to taste Instead, you can use mashed or pureed banana to sweeten for babies or use honey for kids older than 1 year.
  • A pinch or two of ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp of vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Put 1 cup of water in a pot and turn on the heat.
  • Add the cold milk or water to the cornmeal in a bowl and mix well.
  • Once the water is about to boil, reduce the heat to the lowest and pour in the cornmeal. Make sure you’re stirring continuously to avoid the formation of lumps.
  • Add the rest of the milk while stirring on low heat. Keep stirring for about 10 to 15 minutes. The runny mixture will begin to thicken.
  • Add the vanilla, sugar, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Gradually add the evaporated milk while stirring until you get the desired thickness. Remember, the porridge shouldn’t be too thick because it’ll become a lot thicker once it cools down.
  • Serve warm alone for babies or with a side for older kids.

Wrap Up

There you gave it, 4 Jamaican cornmeal porridge recipes that you can easily whip up at home.

Written by Pauline

I'm Pauline, a mother of four grown children, my passion for cooking stemmed from the joy i get cooking for my family. I love to try new dishes, especially when dining out but creating and sharing my own recipes is my favourite thing to do!

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