Cornmeal for Breakfast

My dad hates “mush” of any type, sweet or savory. Puddings, hot cereals–anything–but I always loved them! Both my girls love puddings (rice, tapioca, chocolate, etc.) and hot cereals but only my eldest loves cornmeal mush! It makes a good filling breakfast and is much more frugal than those prepackaged instant oatmeal packages. Sometimes I make a double batch the night before and chill it in a loaf pan, then slice it and fry it up the next morning for breakfast. Both girls will eat it that way.

Cornmeal Mush

Cornmeal mush makes a good hot breakfast. Leftovers can be fried up the next morning for a different treat.

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Mix the cup of cornmeal with a cup of water in a bowl and let sit while you bring the other 3 cups of water and the salt to boil. (This keeps the meal from getting lumpy when you cook it.) Stir the moistened cornmeal into the boiling water and simmer, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Serve in a bowl with your sweeteners of choice. We prefer maple syrup but brown sugar works too.
  2. If you have any leftovers, you can fry it up the next morning in a bit of butter.


  1. Anonymous says:

    The corn meal turned out great, ty……..just a bit too much salt though

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Ellen, My Grandmom used to make us fried mush when we were little. she would make the mush, put it in a loaf pan and refrigerate it. When it had solidified or jelled, she would cut it into slices, dredge it in flour and fry it just until golden brown. Serve with butter and maple syrup and a side of bacon. Better than pancakes !!!

  3. Cornmeal is alo delicious with butter and cottage cheese!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Tried it. It’s GREAT with sugar and cinnamon.

    Unfortunately, my infant loves it, too (I suppose he doesn’t understand that he’s too young for it :-/ ). 🙂

  5. Hi Ellen, I just wanted to say thanks for sharing. I’m going to buy this on payday and make it for the kids. I can’t recall if I had it as a child but I did LOVE GRITS. 🙂


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