Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge Recipe

This Jamaican cornmeal porridge recipe is the perfect start to your day. It is a hot and tasty alternative to your regular oatmeal or wheat cereals. If you grew up in a Jamaican household, I am sure you have had cornmeal porridge as a breakfast staple. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 154 kcal


  • 1 Cups Cornmeal Use yellow cornmeal
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 Tsp Nutmeg Ground
  • 1 Whole Cinnamon Stick
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tbsp Condensed Milk


  1. Add 3 cups of water, and 1 cup of coconut milk to a medium sized saucepan under a medium flame.
  2. Add cornmeal to the saucepan and whisk until it becomes smooth in texture.

  3. Add nutmeg, cinnamon stick, and vanilla extract, and bring to a boil.
  4. Add condensed milk and continue stirring to avoid your porridge to become lumpy.
  5. You can add more water of coconut milk to get the consistency that suits your taste.
  6. Let cook for approximately 20 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Serve hot. Garnish with fruits of your choice. I recommend freshly sliced bananas or peaches.

You can check out this very helpful video by Chef Ricardo to see step by step directions.