Cornmeal Mush

 Old-fashioned, comforting cornmeal mush recipe that you can serve as a hot porridge cereal for breakfast, or as a side dish to a main dish at dinner time.

how to make cornmeal mush

Cornmeal Mush Recipe

Although Matt and I both spent our childhood days in Ohio, he was in the south and I was in the north. We’ve realized over the almost 20 years we’ve been married that these two parts of Ohio tend to be very different! Many things that he remembers from growing up, I never experienced. And this cornmeal mush recipe is one of them. He’s crazy for it.

Actually…he’s wild for fried mush. But as we were working to create fried mush, he remembered a simple cornmeal mush that he’d often eat as a hot cereal in the morning.

Cornmeal Mush vs. Polenta?

Many times today this recipe is called cornmeal polenta. From my research It can be served at breakfast with a touch of cream and honey or maple syrup. Or it can be served as the side dish to meaty main dish with a bit of fresh salsa, your favorite herbs and even a touch of parmesan cheese.

Whether you serve it for breakfast or as a savory side dish, the warm texture of this corn mush will warm your belly on cold winter days!

bowl of cornmeal mush

Corn Mush Ingredients

Cornmeal mush has basic ingredients that you most likely have in your pantry. It starts with boiling water, then you add cornmeal, milk, and a bit of salt. That’s it! 4 ingredients and you’re on your way to a warm cereal.

How to Make Cornmeal Mush

To make mush, simply start 3 cups of water boiling. In a separate bowl, mix together the cornmeal, milk and salt. It’s important to mix this first in a separate bowl and not just add the individual ingredients to the boiling water. If you do, it will clump up and you don’t want clumps! Slowly pour the milk/cornmeal mixture into the hot water, stirring constantly.

Keep stirring the mixture until it comes to a boil again. Then reduce the heat to low and cook/stir the mixture for about 15 minutes until it has thickened to the consistency you like.

Simple as that! It takes about as long to make as if you were making oatmeal on the stovetop. And gives you that same warm, fuzzy feeling, too!

A close up of cornmeal mush

Love cornmeal? Try our cornmeal pancakes.
cornmeal mush hot cereal recipe with syrup and cream
cornmeal mush hot cereal recipe with syrup and cream

Corn Mush Recipe

5 from 16 votes
Old-fashioned, comforting cornmeal mush recipe that you can serve as a hot porridge cereal for breakfast, or as a side dish to a main dish at dinner time.
Servings 5
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the cornmeal, milk and salt.
  • Slowly pour the cornmeal/milk mixture into the boiling water, stirring constantly.
  • Bring it to a boil again, then reduce heat and stir almost constantly (to avoid clumps) for about 15 minutes or until the mixture is thickened to the consistency you like.
  • Serve warm with cream and maple syrup.

Video

Notes

Calories are based on a serving of 1 cup.

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg
Author Julie Clark
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 151

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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