Fried Cornmeal Mush

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour + chilling Cook: 15 min.


16 servings

Updated: Oct. 22, 2022
I've been eating cornmeal mush ever since I was a little girl. Now it's become popular with my family. I especially love this version because the batter is made ahead of time and fried the next morning.


  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for frying
  • Maple syrup


  1. Boil 3 cups water. 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.
  2. Pour into a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Chill for 8 hours or overnight. Cut into 1/2-in. thick slices.
  3. In a large skillet, fry slices in oil until browned on each side. Serve with syrup.