Fried Corn Meal Mush

Fried Corn meal mush is one of those old classic inexpensive breakfasts that if you have never tried this drepression era food staple, you have missed out on a dish that was served across the heartland of America years ago.

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Fried Corn Meal Mush

Fried Corn Meal Mush is from the archives of my grandmother, Ethel Eynard. Jefferson City, MO. 1980. Fried Corn Meal Mush actually is quite tasty, I remember enjoying this many times while I was growing up. I love to make fried corn meal mush, because it is crispy on the outside, and if you add a bit of salt to the fried corn meal mush, you get a fabulous crunch with the salt. Fried corn meal mush is hearty enough to have as a main dish for breakfast, or I even like to have fried corn meal mush as a side dish.

Fried Corn Meal Mush

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  • Recipe Type: Family Recipes, Favorite Recipes, Side Dish Recipes, Bread Recipes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Serves: 10
Fried Corn Meal Mush

Fried corn meal mush was a Midwest classic. This is so good and when the outside of the mush is fried crisp.


  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup Martha White Yellow Corn Meal
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


Bring 2 3/4 cups water to a boil.  Combine corn meal, cold water, salt and sugar; gradually add this to boiling water stirring all the time.  Cook until thick.  Reduce heat and cover pan, cook 5 more minutes, stirring frequently.  Pour into a loaf pan and cool, then refrigerate several hours.  Turn out of pan and cut in 1-inch slices.  Fry slowly in hot fat turning once.  When browned serve hot with butter and syrup.

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  • Joni young

    My mother in law says you should flour the slices when frying. Holds shape better and crisper too.

  • Fred Orcutt

    My father would cook a ham bone in the water first.
    Then put the finished mush in a loaf pan to set before
    removing the loaf and freezing it.
    A great breakfast or other meal when sliced, fried and
    served with syrup

    • stephaniemanley

      Oh bet that tastes delicious!

  • lazyjanetoo

    did you happen to see triple d when guy “refussed” to eat “”polenta”” with syrup—it was a scream–btw great site

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you. People are interesting with their food preferences.

  • Connie

    I fell in love with your website when I saw this recipe. I was immediately transported back to Mom’s kitchen. This was a mainstay for my Grandma who raised 13 children on a miner’s pension. Although it is thrifty it is delicious and one never felt poor when eating it.

    • stephaniemanley

      My family did a version of this that they called scrapple, it had pork, onions, and some sage in it. We fried it just like this and ate it. Loved it.