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Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge Recipe

Indulge in this deliciously smooth and creamy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge recipe that fills you with the warm comforting taste of home.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican
Servings 3


  • 1 ¼ cup yellow cornmeal refined
  • 5 ¼ cups water room temperature
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp vanilla to taste
  • 1 - 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg ground or grated
  • 1 - 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp cane sugar or to taste
  • 3 tbsp condensed milk or to taste


  • Add 4 cups water and 1/4 tsp salt to a small saucepan and put it to boil.
  • Combine the cornmeal, 1 1/2 cup cool tap water, coconut milk, 1 tbsp sugar, and half portion of the spices (vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon) in a medium bowl, then use a large fork to whisk the mixture thoroughly. Set the mixture aside until the pot of water boils.
  • When the water comes to a boil, stir the bowl of cornmeal mixture again for 10 seconds then carefully pour it into the boiling water.
  • Immediately reduce the heat to medium-low and stir the pot briskly with the fork for 15 seconds. 
  • Cover the pot and then set a timer for 20 minutes.
  • Use the fork to briskly stir the pot every 5 minutes (for about 10 secs.). Be careful not to let the hot cornmeal splash/'pop' on you. You can get badly burnt by hot cornmeal porridge. This is why it's important to cook the porridge on medium-low to low heat.
  • Re-cover the pot and only uncover to stir the pot. Always approach the pot of cornmeal porridge with caution while it cooks.
  • Add the bay leaves in the last 5 minutes of cook time.
  • After the porridge has cooked for 20 minutes, turn off the heat. 
  • Add the remaining spices and condensed milk to the pot and stir until completely combined.
  • Taste the porridge for the desired flavour and sweetness. If needed, add a little more sugar or condensed milk. If the porridge is a little too thick, add a bit more coconut milk.
  • Stir all ingredients well and serve warm.
  • Bless up and enjoy it.
  • Please remember to come back to rate and review this recipe as soon as you’ve tried it. xoxo
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