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Easy cornmeal recipes

Make the most of versatile cornmeal with our easy recipes, from savoury starters, to simple sides and fluffy pancakes

Use up a bag of cornmeal with our easy recipes, with everything from sweet to savoury. Cornmeal is a coarse flour made from ground sweetcorn. It can be used in hearty breakfast foods like our blueberry pancakes or filling snacks, like arepas. 


For more inspiration, see our polenta recipes to use in simple bakes or comforting mains.

Cornmeal recipes

Blueberry pancakes

Treat yourself to a stack of healthy blueberry-flecked cornmeal pancakes, flavoured with orange zest and maple syrup. Perfect for a lazy weekend brunch.


Try our cornbread recipe from New York chef Marcus Samuelsson at Shoreditch’s Red Rooster restaurant. This simple loaf is made with buttermilk and served with sticky-sweet tomato jam, a perfect side dish to any meal.

Antiguan ducana

Evolving from Ghanaian ‘dokono’, this celebratory Caribbean dish calls for cornmeal, pumpkin or sweet potato, raisins and fresh spices. It’s sweetened with sugar and coconut, then wrapped and steamed inside banana leaves.

Arepas reina pepiada

Arepas are a Venezuelan snack made from a cornmeal dough. You can stuff them will all kinds of fillings – we love this chicken and avocado combo.

Sage, honey and roasted red pepper cornbread

This vegetarian cornbread with sage, honey and roasted red peppers is moist and easy to make. Drizzle with honey and serve with a little grated parmesan – this recipe is a great afternoon treat.

Mini herb, green olive and buttermilk cornbreads

We love cornbread, and with this recipe for mini herb, green olive and buttermilk cornbreads, we’ve made it even better. They’re really easy to make, ready in under an hour and look really impressive.