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4.96 from 24 votes

Fried Cornmeal Mush

This is an old fashioned recipe. My mother made this when I was a kid and then I made it for my children. It's great with real maple syrup.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fried Cornmeal Mush
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal I have used yellow and white
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 or 4 tbsp butter or margarine
  • Maple syrup honey, sorghum or syrup of your choice


  • Mix cornmeal and salt together in a bowl. Bring the 3 1/2 cups water to a boil on the stove. Gradually stir in cornmeal. I use a whisk stirring constantly. Turn down heat and cook until thickens, about five minutes.
  • Pour mixture into a greased or sprayed loaf pan. Cover and chill overnight in refrigerator.
  • Next morning, slice mush in about 1/2 inch slices, coat with flour, and fry in butter until golden brown. Remove from skillet and add lots of syrup of your choice.


Some people don’t coat the mush with flour.  You can do it either way.  I think it fries better with the flour.