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Instantpot cornmeal porridge

Instant Pot Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge

Easy and delicious cornmeal porridge made right in your pressure cooker. A slightly sweet and warm breakfast that is perfect for any morning. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 241kcal
Author Tanya


  • 4 cups water separated
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal fine
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 3 pimento berries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk


  • Add 3 cups water and 1 cup milk to Instant pot and stir.
    In a separate bowl, whisk 1 cup water and cornmeal until fully combined. Add to instant pot and whis. Add cinnamon sticks, pimento berries, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. Cover and cook on porridge for 6 minutes. 
    Once timer goes off, allow to naturally release for at least 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure. 
    Once done with natural release, open Instant Pot and whisk to remove any lumps. 
    Add sweetened condensed milk to sweeten. Enjoy :)


After feedback by some readers on the Burn Signal this recipe may cause, I've updated this post. I've tested this recipe in multiple Instant Pot machines and could never get a burn signal. I was able to purchase an Instant Pot that was more sensitive to giving off a burn and was able to figure out the cause.
Some of the newer designs are more susceptible to giving off a burn while many older models won't. If your machine does give off a burn with this recipe, simply release the pressure valve to relase all the pressure, open the machine, whisk the ingredients and cook on sauté until thickened, about 8-10 more minutes. Then add in your condesned milk. 


Calories: 241kcal