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cornmeal porridge in bowl with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a spoon

Creamy Caribbean Cornmeal Porridge

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  • Author: Quin Liburd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Caribbean


Fuel up on a bowl of this Caribbean-style Cornmeal Porridge that is insanely delicious and so cozy. It’s lusciously creamy and full of warm spices and vanilla essence, and sweetened with brown sugar and sweetened condensed milk. Cornmeal porridge is a staple, comforting breakfast recipe in Caribbean culture. But don’t get it twisted, this cornmeal porridge can also be served as an anytime treat!


  • 1 cup fine yellow cornmeal 
  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1 (14-ounce can) full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence (I use vanilla bean paste)
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice, plus more for garnish


  1. In a medium bowl or glass measuring cup, combine the fine yellow cornmeal with 1 cup of water and mix to combine. Then set the mixture aside.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, add 3 cups of water, coconut milk, the bay leaf, salt, brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks and stir to combine. Let the mixture simmer until heated, about 10-12 minutes.
  3. Then pour the reserved cornmeal mixture into the same pot with one hand while whisking constantly with the other hand to avoid any lumping. Cover the pot with a lid, reduce the heat to low, and let the mixture continue cooking while going back to whisk every so often, about 10-15 minutes…or until the porridge is tender with no grittiness.
  4. When the mixture begins to bubble, add in the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla essence, and ground allspice and stir to combine. Then remove the porridge from heat- discard the cinnamon sticks and bay leaf. Serve the creamy cornmeal porridge immediately in bowls with an extra garnish of ground allspice or ground cinnamon! Enjoy!


  1. Serve warm: This cornmeal porridge is best served right away for the best creamy texture, this dish thickens as it cools.
  2. Storage: If you have any leftover cornmeal porridge, store it in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat leftovers in a saucepan over low heat until warmed through- if the porridge is thick, you may need to add a splash of water or milk of choice to help loosen.
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