This is a basic recipe for a very easy and versatile dish. You can eat it like hot cereal, or chill it and then fry it. This goes well with syrup as a breakfast dish, or with savory sauces and vegetables for dinner.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
7 mins
total:
12 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix together cornmeal, water, and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens, about 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • If using as cereal, spoon mush into bowls and serve with milk and sugar, if desired. If frying, pour mixture into a loaf pan and chill completely. Remove from pan, cut into slices, and fry in a small amount of oil over medium-high heat until browned on both sides. Serve with sauce of your choice.

Nutrition Facts

80 calories; protein 1.6g; carbohydrates 17.1g; fat 0.4g; sodium 146.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2010
I added more water. For all cornmeal mush, here's a simple ratio to remember: 1-1-2, meaning: 1c cold water, 1c corn meal, 2c boiling water. Add 1c corn meal to 1c cold water, stir. Pour cold mixture into 2c boiling water. The ratio will always stay the same, so increase or decrease amounts proportionally according to ratio. Thickening times will vary. Stir till thickened.. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/06/2007
This recipe does not have anywhere near the amount of water needed to properly cook the mush. The cornmeal can't become tender in the time allotted to cook. For the specified amount of cornmeal, it requires about 4.5 cups of water. Read More
(52)
80 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 14
Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2010
I added more water. For all cornmeal mush, here's a simple ratio to remember: 1-1-2, meaning: 1c cold water, 1c corn meal, 2c boiling water. Add 1c corn meal to 1c cold water, stir. Pour cold mixture into 2c boiling water. The ratio will always stay the same, so increase or decrease amounts proportionally according to ratio. Thickening times will vary. Stir till thickened.. Read More
(412)
Rating: 4 stars
11/06/2008
On key is to mix 1 cup of the water in this recipe with the corn meal and mix together before you add it to the boiling water.(remaining amount water) This eliminates the lumps you get by pouring cornmeal directly into boiling water Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2005
This comes out too grainy. I used milk instead of water and halved the cornmeal only. It turns out creamy like Cream of Wheat this way. And of course add sugar to taste. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/06/2007
This recipe does not have anywhere near the amount of water needed to properly cook the mush. The cornmeal can't become tender in the time allotted to cook. For the specified amount of cornmeal, it requires about 4.5 cups of water. Read More
(52)
Rating: 4 stars
07/22/2011
It is kind of hard to review something as simple to make as this. I am 69 years old and got my recipe from my grandmother who used to make fried mush all the time. She was a great home-style cook who raised her family during the depression so cheap was her most important word. The best way to cook mush is boil water and add mush and cold water mixture while stirring. This eliminates any lumps. I needed the ratio of water to mush. We prefer to fry the mush in bacon grease as this adds some flavor. I like mine with lots of butter and salt and pepper. Everyone else likes butter and syrup or honey. That's a little to sweet for me first thing in the AM. You can add sausage to the mush before it's fried. It can be a dinner dish with chili on it or tomato sauce with chicken or italian sausage. You don't need to fry it. It is good in a bowl with butter, with or without sugar. It is really versatile and cheap and easy. Use your imagination to make many meals with mush as the basis. Have fun and bon appetite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2003
I didn't think I would ever find this recipe my dad used to make this for us on weekends when we were kids. I loved it then and still do and out of the 6 kids I have 4 of them like it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2003
I love this recipe! It's a great breakfast and also great if you want to make it and chill it overnight to cook in the morning! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/26/2008
Well I wouldn't recommend this at all. This is what most people know as "porridge" (like from Goldilocks and the 3-bears). Try the Fried Cornmeal Mush from this site....you can still leave it as porridge instead of chilling and frying but the proportions to water and cornmeal are better. It's how I have always had it growing up and it's how my kids have it now. I don't think this is good at all. If you make the Fried Cornmeal Mush grease the dish well for ease of removal (even if it's a non-stick pan). And remember....mush is not sweet. You have to add sugar (if you leave it as porridge) and butter and syrup if you fry it in slices. This recipe I do NOT recommend!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2011
For quicker single-serving preparation keep the ratio at 3 parts water/1 part cornmeal and microwave. Just make sure you stir every 30 seconds or so until the desired thickness is attained. Read More
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