Old Fashioned Fried Cornmeal Mush – How to Cook Fried Mush

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Old Fashioned Fried Cornmeal Mush is a recipe that was quite popular in past generations as it features simple ingredients. Often thought of as an Amish recipe, cornmeal mush is easy to make. Follow the simple instructions below to learn how to cook fried mush.

If you prefer a cornmeal mush that is served in a bowl and often topped with sugar and milk, try this cornmeal mush recipe.

Old Fashioned Fried Cornmeal Mush

I became acquainted with fried cornmeal mush as a young girl. My grandma was a huge fan of cornmeal mush, and she would always order it when she saw it on a menu, particularly Bob Evan’s Fried Mush.

Grandma grew up eating this old fashioned dish and often made it for my Dad and his brothers. Dad describes it as more of a breakfast item or dessert since they doused it in maple syrup.

Grandma was a product of the Depression; she cooked inexpensive meals and utilized anything and everything, throwing nothing away. No wonder she made fried cornmeal mush, because it only has a few simple ingredients, and is dirt cheap to make.

Fried Mush Ingredients

Yellow Cornmeal

Water

Milk

Salt

Vegetable Oil

Butter

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Amish Fried Mush

Fried cornmeal mush has a crispy outside and a soft, creamy inside. Based on your personal preference, you can slice it up thinner or thicker before frying it in a combination of vegetable oil and butter.

I like to slice mine on the thinner side, approximately a quarter (1/4) of an inch thick. I love the crispiness of the outside, and I love to slather mine with real maple syrup. Although, I’m not so sure Grandma wouldn’t have made a batch of pancake syrup to top hers. Find a recipe for Old Fashioned Pancake Syrup here.

Old-Fashioned Mush Recipe

I was so excited when I found this recipe in the cookbook called Recipes from an American Farm.

Although I’ve eaten old-fashioned fried mush many times, the only times I’ve found it recently was in bulk food stores as Amish Fried Mush and Bob Evan’s fried mush on the menu.

Now that I know how easy it is to make, I’m going to keep a loaf of cornmeal mush on hand in the refrigerator so I can easily fry up a few slices when I get a craving for it.

How to Cook Fried Mush

For the full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for how to cook fried mush, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

  1. In a medium saucepan, add water, milk and pinch of salt and bring to a boil.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together cold water and yellow cornmeal until well combined.
  3. Once the mixture on the stove boils, quickly stir in the cornmeal mixture. Continue stirring constantly until it comes back to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer partially covered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Pour cornmeal mush into a loaf pan that’s been lined with plastic wrap or sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Cover the top with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm.
  6. Slice loaf into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices.
  7. Heat butter and vegetable oil in skillet until hot.
  8. Fry cornmeal slices over medium high heat until crispy and brown; flip and fry the other side.
  9. Drain excess oil on paper towels.
  10. Serve topped with maple syrup.

Notes About Amish Cornmeal Mush Recipe

  • Be sure to partially cover the cornmeal mush mixture as it simmers to prevent big splatters of oil all over your kitchen.
  • For a creamier center, cut the slices thicker more around 1/2 inch.  Or, if you like a crisp slide of fried much, cut the slices thinner around 1/4 inch thick.
  • Refrigerate the cornmeal mush loaf covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • If you are looking for a cornmeal mush that is served in a bowl more like a cooked breakfast cereal (like grits or oatmeal), try this cornmeal mush recipe.
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 Buttermilk Oatmeal Pancake Recipe

With just a little work the night before, these Prep Ahead Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Pancakes are easy to make for the perfect breakfast. Top them with butter and syrup or mix it up with peanut butter or your favorite fruit.

Baked Oatmeal

Put this Baked Oatmeal together the night before and pull it out of the refrigerator and bake for a warm, delicious breakfast the entire family will enjoy.

Easy Chipped Beef Gravy 

Easy Chipped Beef Gravy is an old-fashioned recipe that goes by many different names, including S.O.S. The dish uses dried beef and is usually served over toast. This old-fashioned dish is fast and kid-friendly dinner option.

Grandma’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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Old Fashioned Fried Cornmeal Mush - How to Cook Fried Mush

Old Fashioned Fried Cornmeal Mush is a recipe from the past generation. Often thought of as an Amish recipe, cornmeal mush is easy to make.  Follow these simple instructions for how to cook fried mush.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: amish fried mush, bob evans's fried mush, cornmeal mush, fried cornmeal mush, fried mush, how to cook fried mush, old fashioned fried cornmeal mush
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 - 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 - 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Combine 3 cups water, milk and salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil.
    Old Fashioned Fried Cornmeal Mush is a recipe from the past generation. Often thought of as an Amish recipe, cornmeal mush is easy to make.  Follow these simple instructions for how to cook fried mush.
  • In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup cold water and yellow cornmeal.
    Old Fashioned Fried Cornmeal Mush is a recipe from the past generation. Often thought of as an Amish recipe, cornmeal mush is easy to make.  Follow these simple instructions for how to cook fried mush.
  • Stir cornmeal mixture into boiling water; contine to stir until it returns to a boil
    Old Fashioned Fried Cornmeal Mush is a recipe from the past generation. Often thought of as an Amish recipe, cornmeal mush is easy to make.  Follow these simple instructions for how to cook fried mush.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and partially cover, cooking for 30 minutes, stirring often.
    Old Fashioned Fried Cornmeal Mush is a recipe from the past generation. Often thought of as an Amish recipe, cornmeal mush is easy to make.  Follow these simple instructions for how to cook fried mush.
  • Pour into a greased loaf pan or a loaf pan lined in plastic wrap. Cover the top with plastic, and refrigerate until firm, a minimum of 12 hours.
    Old Fashioned Fried Cornmeal Mush is a recipe from the past generation. Often thought of as an Amish recipe, cornmeal mush is easy to make.  Follow these simple instructions for how to cook fried mush.
  • Slice cornmeal loaf in 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices.
    Old Fashioned Fried Cornmeal Mush is a recipe from the past generation. Often thought of as an Amish recipe, cornmeal mush is easy to make.  Follow these simple instructions for how to cook fried mush.
  • Heat butter and vegetable oil in a skillet and fry until brown and crisp on both sides.
    Old Fashioned Fried Cornmeal Mush is a recipe from the past generation. Often thought of as an Amish recipe, cornmeal mush is easy to make.  Follow these simple instructions for how to cook fried mush.
  • Drain slices on paper towel to remove excess oil. Serve topped with maple syrup.
    Old Fashioned Fried Cornmeal Mush is a recipe from the past generation. Often thought of as an Amish recipe, cornmeal mush is easy to make.  Follow these simple instructions for how to cook fried mush.

Notes

 
  • Be sure to partially cover the cornmeal mush mixture as it simmers to prevent big splatters all over your kitchen. 
  • For a creamier center, cut the slices thicker more around 1/2 inch.  Or, if you like the crispness, cut them smaller around 1/4 inch thick. 
  • Refrigerate the cornmeal mush loaf covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 
  • Serve with Old Fashioned Pancake Syrup

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