Creamy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge
5 from 7 votes

Creamy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge

This Creamy Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge recipe is a healthier take on the delicious traditional Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge which includes boldly sweet flavor and is beautifully textured. This version of porridge boasts it’s creaminess, thickness from the thickly cut cornmeal used, and a generous play on spices and freshly topped berries and toasted pecans, which all create quite the experience in just one bowl. The perfect way to start your day! Vegan option available.

Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Keyword Berries, Cornmeal, Jamaican, pecans, Porridge, spices
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Creator Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea


  • 1 cup Yellow Cornmeal, thickly cut grains (See Notes)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2-3 cups Almond milk (You can also use your fave non-dairy milk instead)
  • 1 14 oz. can Sweetened Condensed Milk (For Vegan option, see notes)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of all spice
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp organic brown sugar (For Vegan option; Sugar in the Raw is Vegan-approved!)


  1. Start by adding the water and Almond milk to a large saucepan on medium-high heat, bringing it to a boil (about 4-5 minutes or so).

  2. Gradually whisk in cornmeal (ensuring that lumps are prevented), until all cornmeal is incorporated.

  3. Reduce the heat to low, covering the pot and allowing cornmeal to simmer and thicken, about 15 minutes. NOTE: Be sure to whisk every few minutes to further prevent lumps.

  4. Once thick (meaning that cornmeal has swelled and cooked through), remove pot lid and whisk in vanilla extract, brown sugar, sea salt, condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pinch of all spice, until all ingredients are fully incorporated and porridge becomes creamy.

  5. Remove from heat and serve in prepared bowl(s). Top with toasted pecans and fresh berries of choice, if desired.

  6. Bon Appetite!

Tips | Notes:

VEGAN CONDENSED MILK: To substitute regular Sweetened Condensed Milk with a Vegan version, simply visit Kalissa's Vegan Kitchen Recipe.

PECANS: In addition to using toasted pecans for topping, you can also incorporate it into your waffles if preferred. Simply add 1/2 cup toasted pecans in with other dry ingredients and continue remaining steps in recipe. See Recipe for Toasting Pecans.

YELLOW CORNMEAL: If thickly cut cornmeal isn't preferred, using finely cut ones are just fine!