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Jamaican Oats porridge recipe

Quick and easy to make, Jamaican oats porridge is full of nutrients and it taste great. Start your day right with this oatmeal porridge.

jamaican oats porridge recipe

Oats Porridge

This Jamaican oatmeal porridge is perfect for those busy mornings when time is of the essence. Is is so quick and easy to make and it is a very healthy start to the days.

Oats porridge is rich in various vitamin and minerals and great source for fibre. A blow of this very filling and slow-releasing porridge is a great start to your day that will keep you until lunch time.

oats porridge

Oats Type

Cooking time and they quality varies with each oats type.

  • Instant oats for example takes a minute in the microwave and it is ready. Instant oats less nutrient in instant oats but is very quick to prepared.
  • Quick cooking oats is the oats I use to make porridge. It is ready in less than 15 minutes .
  • Old fashion oats is more course. I rarely use this type to make porridge.
  • Steel cut oats takes the longest to cook and the texture isn’t like the other oats. I sometime make porridge with this oats because it is much more nutritious and I like its chewy texture.

What You Need

Here are the few simple ingredients you need for this porridge recipe: seven simple ingredients!

  • Oats: Quick cooking oats.
  • Unsweetened milk: here I am using unsweetened hazelnut milk.
  • Condensed milk: To sweeten
  • Vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt: essential to flavour. I usually cinnamon leaf or stick but when I don’t have, I use ground cinnamon. I am using fresh nutmeg here, but you can also use ground nutmeg.

How To Make Jamaican Oats Porridge

A few quick steps and the oats porridge is ready in fifteen minutes.

Make sure you stir continuously as you add the oats to the pot. The best kitchen utensil to use is a whisk. This help to prevent to porridge getting lumpy.

If you want to make this porridge vegan, just replace to condensed milk with vegan condensed milk.

Jamaicans usually eat porridge on its own or with hard dough bread or crackers but oats porridge is great with fruits chucks. Ripe, mango, berries taste great in oats porridge.

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jamaican oats porridge recipe

Jamaican Oats porridge recipe

Jamaican Oats porridge is easy to make. This recipe makes a great breakfast when time is of the essence.
4.82 from 11 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: Jamaican Oats porridge recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 93kcal
Author: Lesa


  • ½ cup oats
  • ¾ cups Unsweetened milk your choice of milk
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • ¼ Cinnamon
  • ¼  Nutmeg
  • tsp Salt
  • ½ Cup Condensed milk to sweeten


  • In a pot, add the water, unsweetened and salt and bring to a boil on medium heat.
  • Add the oats and keep on stirring until the oats starts getting thick, this will prevent it sticking.
  • As the oats gets thick, turn the heat to low and continue to stir. If the porridge is too thick for you add more water or milk.
  • Stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg cook for 5- 10 minutes
  • Sweeten to taste with condensed milk.


Use more milk if you like your porridge a little more runny.


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Jamaican Oats porridge recipe
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. 5 stars
    Very simple recipe, now my go to breakfast, thanks for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    Tried it, love it! Will recommend this to anyone and will be using this recipe for a long time to come. Thank you so much super soul sis !!

  3. 5 stars
    Perfect porridge, I made it and couldn’t stop eating it

  4. Great recipe, just like my dads,but better.

    • 4 stars
      Great base recipe! I reduced the condensed milk and vanilla and added cardamom and nutmeg for extra flavor and benefits. Not like my parents but was perfect nourishing breakfast.

  5. 5 stars
    Great, better that my dads.

  6. 5 stars
    Perfect! Tastes like home!

  7. 5 stars
    We travel to Jamaica as often as possible. Unfortunately, due to COVID, there’s no Jamaican trip this year. I just love the food! And I miss it. One of my favourite things to do every morning, was to eat this simple porridge. I’ve tried to recreate it a few times but it never turned out “right”. I tried yours just now and I’m so grateful! Delicious, simple and definitely reminiscent of great Jamaican memories. Thank you for sharing (I’ve tried a few of your recipes).

  8. Great recipe! I loved it thanks!!

  9. 4 stars
    Thanks for the recipe. I tried it using the quick cooking oats and it came out very tasty. Almost as good as my mom’s and in half the time it takes her to make hers. I added 1/2 of a mashed banana & 1/4 cup of blueberries to it for extra flavor. It tasted just as good without it though. The serving size is accurate, however I could have eaten the full 2 servings as it was the equivalent of 1 coffee mug. You may have to double or triple the recipe amounts directed depending on the number of people you are cooking for. I will definitely add this recipe to my go to cooking recipes. Thanks again. 😊

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