Cornmeal Porridge

Cornmeal Porridge

This is a staple breakfast in Jamaica for everyone, but it is also a daily meal for toddlers, it is made thin enough to be sucked from their bottles. Now being an adult I love it on those cold winter mornings, which are very few here in Florida. Lucky for me I get cold easily and so with the AC on I am usually cold, so fall and winter morning’s are perfect for me.

I also love me a bowl of porridge in the evenings and so during the summer time Ac on and it is pouring rain this is my comfort, it is great to replace coffee.


  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3/4 cups fine cornmeal
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp rose water ( optional )
  • 1/4 tsp beautiful
  • 1/4  tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • condensed milk to sweetened ( dulce leche)


Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a low boil, in the meantime in a bowl pour cornmeal and add remaining water to uncook cornmeal, using a whisk, combine water and cornmeal real well until water fully absorbs cornmeal. Pour cornmeal mixture into boiling water and while doing so whisk to smooth out cornmeal, continue whisking, then add coconut milk and continue to whisk, cook for 3 minutes, whisking consistently. Then add vanilla extract, nutmeg and cinnamon whisk to combine all the ingredients together well. Sweetened with condensed milk. Sweeten to how you like it. My children loves it real sweet.

Note: After adding  the cornmeal mixture to boiling water, be sure the heat is not high because it will bubble and splatter all over including on you while you are trying to whusk.

Serve with crackers for the children you can crumble up the crackers and in the porridge, actually that is how I do it myself and I am not a child.


Hello, I am a wife and mother who just love cooking for my family and friends. Cooking is a great passion of mine. I am Jamaican and love to cook Jamaican dishes, but my children do not always agree with what they like, so I have had to change recipes around for there liking .