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Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge (Easy Breakfast Recipe)

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge in brown wooden bowl with spoons

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge (Easy Breakfast Recipe), this creamy, warming, and delicious breakfast recipe is one you’ll love! It’s ready in just under 25 minutes and made using the simplest ingredients, like cornmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of vanilla and sweetened to taste. It’s the perfect budget friendly, meal prep breakfast idea!

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge in a bowl with two spoons

Cornmeal Porridge

This porridge is a classic in Caribbean households. It makes for a healthy hearty breakfast that’s warming, delicious and certainly filling! Jamaican cornmeal porridge is made using fine cornmeal, milk (traditionally cows milk), spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and sweetened with condensed milk. If you’re vegan, you can substitute the cows milk for a nut-free milk like almond or coconut and sweeten with coconut sugar, brown sugar or granulated sugar.

Tips for Making Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge – Easy Breakfast Recipe

  • Whisking is your best friend, especially when first combining your cornmeal mixture to the hot water. This helps to prevent lumps. There’s a badge of honour that comes with making lump-free cornmeal porridge. However, I LOVE lumps in my porridge, and this is depicted in my pictures!
  • Do not leave unattended. Once mixture is combined, lower heat, and stir to prevent the cornmeal from sticking/burning to the bottom of the pot.
  • Adjust flavor (more or less cinnamon/nutmeg) and sweeten to taste (conse.
  • Adjust texture and thickness to taste using additional milk or water.

Make it Vegan

The Milk: swap cows milk, for almond, coconut or oat milk!

The Sweetner: swap condensed milk, for brown or coconut sugar!

With these two simple swaps, you’ll completely veganize this delicious breakfast recipe!

Cinnamon Sticks and Bay Leaves on Black and White Tea Towel

How to MakeJamaican Cornmeal Porridge (Easy Breakfast Recipe)

First, you want to ensure you have all your ingredients of this recipes in reach. Cornmeal porridge comes together really fast, so this is key! Start by bringing to a boil water, a cinnamon stick and a bay leaf in a medium saucepan. Next, in another medium bowl, combine cornmeal, milk, nutmeg, salt, vanilla, and mix until incorporated. Then, add your cornmeal mixture to the saucepan, and whisk rapidly. Add your milk, and switch to a wooden spoon once the mixture begins to thicken. Sweeten with condensed milk, and enjoy while hot!

Grab the Grocery List (Screenshot The Below)!

  • Yellow Cornmeal
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Milk or Milk Alternative
  • Ground or Freshly Grated Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • Bay Leaf
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Condensed Milk or Sugar

Other Breakfast Recipes You’ll Enjoy!

Traditional Jamaican Green Banana Porridge, Gluten Free Banana Oat Protein Pancakes & Bourbon Peach Vanilla Spiced French Toast

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Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge - Easy Breakfast Recipe

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Breakfast & Brunch Jamaican // Caribbean
By Taneisha Morris Serves: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge - Easy Breakfast Recipe, this creamy, warming, and delicious breakfast recipe is one you'll love! It's ready in just under 25 minutes and made using the simplest ingredients, like cornmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of vanilla and sweetened to taste. It's the perfect budget friendly, meal prep breakfast idea!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 - 3 cups Milk or Milk Alternative (depends on desired consistency)
  • 1/4 tsp Ground or Freshly Grated Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/4 tsp Salt, more or less to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3 tbsp Condensed Milk or Sugar to sweeten

Instructions

1

In a medium saucepan, add water, a cinnamon stick and bay leaf and bring to a boil over medium high heat.

2

In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, 2 cups milk, nutmeg, salt, vanilla, and mix until incorporated.

3

Gradually whisk the cornmeal mixture into the boiling water until all the mixture is in the pot. Do this gradually, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Switch to a wooden spoon once mixture starts to thicken.

4

Reduce heat to low, and add the milk to the mixture. Continue to stir until milk combined. See notes section.

5

Add an additional cup to cup and a half of milk once thicken to allow to simmer until cooked.

6

Cook until the mixture thickens to desired consistency approx. 15-20 minutes.

7

Adjust consistency with additional milk and/or water if needed.

8

Remove from heat, and sweeten as desired.

Notes

Traditional ingredients are 2% or whole milk, sweeten with condensed milk to taste. This gives an irresistible creamy taste! // Add additional milk until desired consistency is reached and constantly stir to prevent lumps. Once the porridge begins to cool, it will thicken up a bit more.

Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge in a bowl with cinnamon sticks and bay leaves

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