Fried Cornmeal Mush

Most eat Fried Cornmeal Mush for breakfast or brunch, but it’s delicious any time of the day.

Fried Cornmeal Mush


  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • Oil for frying
  • Pure maple syrup


  1. Grease an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan.
  2. Boil 3 cups water.
  3. Combine remaining water with cornmeal and salt; add to boiling water. Stir until mixture returns to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour into the prepared loaf pan.
  5. Chill for 8 hours or overnight.
  6. Cut into 1/2-inch thick slices.
  7. In a large skillet, fry slices in oil until browned on each side.
  8. Serve with pure maple syrup.

The slices may be dredged in flour before frying, if desired.

Prep: 5 mins | Cook: 1 hour 5 mins | 14 to 16 servings

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