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Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge With Coconut Milk

Cornmeal porridge with coconut milk is one of my favourites because the flavour from the coconut milk makes the porridge taste better.

Jamaican cornmeal porridge with coconut milk

If you can’t have coconut milk, try cornmeal porridge without.

Cornmeal porridge is the most popular porridge in Jamaica. As a child I grew up eating cornmeal porridge at least twice a week.

The porridge is very filling and my family thinks its the healthiest porridge.

Related: Delicious Banana Porridge,

             Jamaican Peanut Porridge,

Cornmeal porridge is full of nutritional benefits including be high in fibre, iron and enough carbohydrate to get you through the day.

The coconut milk in the porridge have little to no saturated fat.

How To Make Cornmeal Porridge With Coconut Milk

  1. Prepare two cups of fresh coconut milk. You can use canned coconut milk but taste won’t be as good.
  2. Start by mixing the cornmeal with enough cold water in a kitchen bowl. The water much must be cold and the you have to mix the cornmeal before adding it to the pot.
  3. Add the coconut milk in a saucepan, along with a pinch of salt and two cinnamon leaves or cinnamon stick. I use cinnamon leaves but the powder is just as good. Put to boil on medium heat.
  4. Pour the cornmeal mixture into the pot with the boiling coconut milk. Make sure to stir continuously to prevent lumps forming. You may also have to add a bit more water as the porridge thicken.
  5. Turn the heat to low, cover the pot and let it cook for about 20 minutes.
  6. Add add vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon powder if you did not use cinnamon leaves or stick. Sweeten with condensed milk.

If you want to be very Jamaican, have your cornmeal porridge with crackers or hard-dough bread. My preference is with crackers you may like it to.

Enjoy the recipes below.

Jamaican cornmeal porridge with coconut milk

Jamaican Cornmeal porridge with coconut milk

Learn how to make this traditional Jamaican breakfast. Cornmeal porridge is quick and easy and will fill you up until lunch time.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Jamaican
Servings 4 Serving
Calories 220 kcal


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • 2 cinnamon leaves or ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • condensed milk sweeten to taste
  • water


  • Add the cornmeal, grated nutmeg to kitchen bowl along with a cup and a half of water. Whisk to make a smooth watery mixture. Make sure there are no lumps.
  • Add the coconut milk, cinnamon leaves and the salt to a saucepan and put to boil on medium heat.
  • Pour the cornmeal mixture into the boiling milk and keep stirring to prevent the combination becoming lumpy. Keep stirring as the porridge starts to thicken.
  • If the cornmeal become too thick, add more water and stir to prevent lumps.
  • Turn the heat down, cover the pot and let the porridge cook for about 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla extract, and sweeten to taste with condensed milk. Turn the heat of and serve.


  • Cornmeal porridge can make without coconut milk.
  • When you fine cornmeal the porridge with be smooth.


Calories: 220kcal
Keyword gluten-free, Jamaican Cornmeal porridge with coconut milk
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One Comment

  1. Piccard Stewart

    Do I have to sweeten with condensed milk or I can use something else. I have IBS so that’s a no no.

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