How to Make Jamaican Hominy Corn Porridge

hominy corn porridge

If you are tired of box cereal or oatmeal for breakfast, then you will love this unique tasty recipe. Hominy Corn Porridge is one of Jamaica’s most  popular breakfast hot cereal.

It is sweet, creamy and chewy. The recipe is simple and easy to follow. Moreover, this is my favorite hot cereal and I enjoy it at anytime of the day.

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What is hominy corn?

Hominy corn is made from a process called nixtamalization. In addition, Hominy is sometimes called nixtamal. hominy corn

This process involves soaking the corn kernels in a solution of lye to help separate the germ and hull portion. 

The germ and hull are then mechanically removed and the remaining pellets are what is called hominy corn.

Hominy can be purchased dried or canned. They also come in different shades of yellow. In addition, When dried hominy is grounded, you get grits.

 Grits is a southern staple and can be found in different texture grinds. Grounded hominy is also used in Mexican cuisines to make items such as tortillas or tamales and other dishes.

Here are all the ingredients and instructions.

Hominy Corn Porridge

Here are the ingredients you will need. Click on each link for more information and for your shopping convenience.

Hominy Corn


Almond Essence

Cinammon Sticks

Coconut Milk

Vanilla Extract

condensed Milk

Bay Leaves


Brown Sugar


How To Make Jamaican Hominy Corn Porridge.

hominy corn porridge

How To Make Jamaican Hominy Corn Porridge

Kevin Foodie
Hominy Corn Porridge is still today my favorite of all porridges. Love that sweet taste and chewy texture. The hardest part is waiting for the corn kernels to cook. But that can be remedied with a pressure cooker. However, it is easy and perfect for any time of the day.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Caribbean, Jamaican
Servings 10 People


  • Stove
  • Medium to Large Pot
  • Spoon
  • Small Bowl
  • Whisk


  • 16 oz. Yellow Hominy Corn 1 Bag
  • 2 quarts Tap Water
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • 4 Cinnamon Leaves (bay leaves)
  • 1 tbsp. Nutmeg (grated)
  • 2 tbsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp. Almond Extract
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Salt


  • The cooking time for different brands of hominy corn varies. However, in this recipe I used the Goya Brand.
    goya hominy corn
  • In a pot, bring to boil about 2 quarts water and the hominy corn.
  • Allow corn to cook for about 40 minutes or until the kernels are soft enough to crushed with a spoon.
  • After corn kernels are completely cooked, add coconut milk, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, salt, and sugar. Allow too continue cooking for another 10 minutes
  • Let's make the thickening agent: In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of flour with 1 cup water. Mix together with a whisk until flour is uniformly distributed.
  • Slowly pour the flour mixture into the hominy corn mixture while mixing to avoid clumping and lumping. Allow to continue cooking over medium flame.
  • At this point you sweeten the hominy corn porridge with the sweetened condensed milk. Empty the entire sweetened milk into corn mixture and stir over low heat. You can add more or less to your desired level of sweetness.
  • Add nutmeg, vanilla essence, and almond extract. Stir the hominy corn porridge and allow it to sit for at least 5 -10 minutes before serving.



Hominy Corn Porridge  Pointers: 
**Hominy corn can be left to soak in room temperature water for 24 hrs to help soften the kernels.
**To speed up the cooking time, hominy corn can be cooked in a pressure cooker.
** Additional water can be added as needed if the liquid gets evaporated too much before the kernels are completely cooked.
**Hominy Porridge can be stored in closed containers in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 weeks. It can be reheat in microwaved. But, I prefer to reheat into a hot water bath while on a flame.
** You can substitute the condensed milk and sugar with almond milk and Stevia.  Stevia is an artificial sweetener. It is perfect for those who want to cut sugar out of their diet. Click on amazon link below for more details.
Keyword Breakfast, Hominy Corn, Jamaican food, Porridge

Jamaican Hominy

The golden rich sweet flavor of hominy corn porridge is not only ideal for breakfast but can be eaten anytime, especially when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth.

hominy corn porridge

The Spices

The use of bay leaves (cinnamon,  leaves), cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg add a lot of flavor to any hot cereal or porridge. 

These include:

cornmeal porridge, oats,  banana, or plantain porridge, you name it. 


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12 thoughts on “How to Make Jamaican Hominy Corn Porridge”

  1. Ive heard so many of my Jamaican friends talk about it ! I’ll have to try it soon. We have something similar in our culture (Cape Verde). This looks good!

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