Jamaican (cornmeal) Porridge

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 40 mins

one of my favorite dishes when in jamaica. and this from someone who doesn't normally like hot cereals.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring salted water to a boil.
  2. Combine cornmeal and flour together in a bowl.
  3. Add milk slowly to make a smooth paste.
  4. Stir cornmeal paste into boiling salted water.
  5. Cover and cook on slow heat for 15 minutes.
  6. Stir in vanilla, cinnamon, cover and simmer for 15 more minutes.
  7. Sweeten with condensed milk.
  8. Serve hot.


Most Helpful

traditional Jamaican cornmeal porridge does not call for flour

Amanda L. December 09, 2016

Great recipe. My DH is Jamaican so this is a staple for breakfast. My son is allergic to wheat so i used spelt flour. Instead of regular milk, I used 1C coconut milk. Though this is best with condensed milk (and i usually add much more than 2tbs) i was out, so i used 1/2C evap mik plus 7tbs sugar. It turned out creamy, with just the right amount of sweetness. I've never combined flour with the cornmeal before though but it worked very well. Thanks for a great recipe!

YoungWifeNYC October 19, 2008

To avoid lumps you have to stir while adding the cornmeal in the salted boil water. stir until it starts thickening , then you stop stirring and add the spices and then sweeten. I make this twice a a week for my baby. I don't add flour though.

Kimla M. January 07, 2017

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