This might make me a grandma, but I am obsessed with cornmeal mush! There is just something so comforting and simple about it. It is creamy, fulfilling and and warms me up from the inside out.

I’m writing this post 5 days before Christmas so I’m in a Christmas frame of mind. I think I might even make this for Christmas breakfast this year! So whether you’re a kid from 1 to 92, this breakfast recipe is for you! It might make you feel like you are 92, but you’ll also melt for it’s warm and simple goodness. And some things are worth melting for! Thanks, Olaf, for that one!

Don’t just limit yourself to breakfast either! This recipe makes a great lunch or quick and simple dinner!

a photo of a large bowl full of creamy cornmeal mush that has been drizzled with honey.

What is Cornmeal Mush?

Picture the porridge from Goldilocks and the three bears, and that is cornmeal mush! At least that’s what I always picture. Cornmeal mush is a Southern meal that combines cornmeal with water or milk. It simmers together on the stove until it is creamy and delicious. If you are familiar with Cream of Wheat, it is similar to that in consistency, but it uses corn instead of wheat. 

Ingredients for Cornmeal Mush

You only need 3 ingredients for this home cooked comfort, and it’s great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Here is all you need:

  • Milk – you can use any type of milk (whole, 2%, 1%, fat free) or you can even use water if you prefer, but milk is my favorite
  • Cornmeal – the base of the mush
  • Salt – adds flavor
  • Toppings – feel free to make this dish your own with the toppings, see suggestions below.

The measurements for each ingredients can be found in the recipe card below. The recipe can also be saved or printed there.

a photo of a large bowl full of cornmeal mush that has been swirled with cream. there is a spoon in the bowl.

How to Make Cornmeal Mush

It’s a very simple process that begins bringing some of the milk to a boil. Be careful to not let it burn. In a separate bowl, you combine more milk with the cornmeal and salt until it is smooth. Then you pour the milk and cornmeal mixture into the boiling milk whisking constantly. Turn the heat down to the low and stir everything together until the mush thickens.

Toppings for Cornmeal Mush

Serve the cornmeal mush with a drizzle of cream, honey, or maple syrup. You could add berries or chopped nuts or bananas. You can really add whatever toppings you love.

Is Cornmeal Mush the Same as Grits?

Grits is a type of cornmeal mush but the grind on the cornmeal is a little more coarse. Grits are often served savory with cheese and salt and pepper. Although grits can be served sweet on occasion. 

a photo of a bowl of creamy cornmeal mush that has been stirred with a drizzle of cream and honey on top.

Is Cornmeal Mush Gluten Free?

Cornmeal on its own is gluten free so as long as everything add to it or on top of it is gluten free, then you are good to go! This recipe is gluten free.

Storing, Reheating and Freezing Cornmeal

Cornmeal mush will keep in the refrigerator for quite some time. I’ve stretched it for more than a week and it has still be perfect! Store it in an airtight container.

I just reheat individual servings in the microwave. If you have a lot of leftovers and are feeding a crowd, warm it up on the stove over medium heat until warmed through. You might need to add a little extra milk to keep it from drying out.

I wouldn’t recommend freezing it. With the dairy in it, I don’t think it would thaw well, and cornmeal tends to release a little bit of water over time causing separation.

a photo of a bowl of creamy cornmeal mush with a silver spoon sticking into it and it has been drizzled with cream and honey on top.

Move over Goldilocks, this porridge is all mine! Cornmeal mush is creamy, comforting and just about the easiest breakfast recipe you could ever make! And don’t you just need a warm breakfast every now and then?! This is my favorite!

How to Make Cornmeal Mush Video

More Warm and Comforting Breakfast Recipes

Cornmeal Mush

4.67 from 3 votes
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 4 Cups Milk, divided
  • 1 Cup Cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Toppings of Choice


  • Heat 3 cups of milk until boiling.
  • Meanwhile, mix the 1 cup remaining milk with the cornmeal and salt in a bowl until smooth. While stirring the milk, gently pour the cornmeal mixture into the boiling milk.
  • Turn to low and stir until cooked to desired thickness.
  • Serve with a little cream, honey, maple syrup or whatever you love!


Calories: 299kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 12gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 385mgPotassium: 494mgFiber: 4gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 395IUCalcium: 303mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: Over 200 Favorite Easy Breakfast Recipes

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a photo of a large bowl full of cornmeal mush that has been swirled with cream. there is a spoon in the bowl.