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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 1265kcal
Author https://myjamaicanrecipes.com


  • 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


  • Add 3 cups of water, and 1 cup of coconut milk to a medium sized saucepan under a medium flame.
  • Add cornmeal to the saucepan and whisk until it becomes smooth in texture.
  • Add nutmeg, cinnamon stick, and vanilla extract, and bring to a boil.
  • Add condensed milk and continue stirring to avoid your porridge to become lumpy.
  • You can add more water of coconut milk to get the consistency that suits your taste.
  • Let cook for approximately 20 minutes.


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.


Serving: 01 | Calories: 1265kcal | Carbohydrates: 156g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 48g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 1311mg | Potassium: 1232mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 12mg