Cornmeal Coo Coo {Recipe}

My cousin married a Trinidadian guy.  His mother comes to our family reunions.  Two years ago she and I were chatting it up and I asked her about some dishes I wanted to learn to make (remember when I was going through that Jamaican cooking phase? here and here)  Anyways, fast forward to two years later (this past August), she brought me one of her cookbooks and showed me a variety of dishes to try.  Most were from Trinidad and some were from other islands in the Caribbean.  Yesterday I finally tried one of the dishes - Cornmeal Coo Coo.

Thankfully I still had loads of okra from the produce boxes (oh yes, the last box was last Tuesday but my life has been so hectic that I didn't even realize my mom picked up the box and so I never asked what was in it!)  Ok, now to the recipe.

Cornmeal Coo Coo

2 1/2 cups of coconut milk (I just used one can)
1 cup of thinly sliced okra
1 cup of cornmeal
salt and pepper

In a saucepot, add the coconut milk and okra.  Bring to a boil, then simmer until okra is tender.  Remove saucepan from heat and stir in one cup of cornmeal.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place saucepot back on the heat and continue stirring until mixture has thickened.  Grease a pan, then pour cornmeal coo coo into the pan.  Sprinkle with paprika.

And you're done!

When I first intended to make this dish, I planned on serving it with fried fish.  But, to be honest, last night I just whipped it up and served myself a small bowl.  In my defense, I did have some salmon earlier for dinner.  I just didn't want my okra to go bad so I needed something quick and easy.

So, so good!

Bon Appetit,


  1. I would have never thought of anything like this in a thousand years. Sounds yummy with the okra and cornmeal!

  2. What's the texture like? Is it soft (looks soft) or is it firmer, more like polenta?

  3. Looks amazing. Too bad I don't have the ingredientes to make it!

  4. This looks a good winter soup! I do love okra, though I mostly know how to eat it Nigerian style...even tried pickling some last week. This looks like a recipe to try when it gets a little cooler out.


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