Delectable Caribbean Cornmeal Dumplings

August 17, 2016
An alternative for boiled dumplings, perfect to pair with meats, in soups and broths.

Cornmeal Dumplings

Dumplings are one of those thinks that are an integral part of Caribbean food. Well not as much as plantain accompanying food but, pretty close.

In Trinidad and Tobago, we only have one kind of dumpling and that is boiled dumplings. In Jamaica, they have boiled dumplings and fry dumpling.

Today we are going to look at boiled dumplings but not just regular, plain boiled dumplings, but the cornmeal version of this staple.

As I mentioned, these are not to be confused with fry dumplings.

These boiled dumplings are more popularly what we eat with a meal as a replacement for rice. It can be easily paired with stewed chicken or with stewed fish and we even put them in soups,

As a result of dumplings being used so much, we couldn't just stick to the plain flour dumplings.

We have created wheat dumplings, thyme infused dumplings and a host of different flavors, but I think the next most popular dumplings, after plain flour, are cornmeal dumplings.

But I don't like my cornmeal dumplings to have too much cornmeal. The texture of cornmeal dumplings is much rougher than the flour dumplings, so most times I'm more partial to flour.

That is a weird personal problem.

But then I found that the US offers a "fine" cornmeal. A finer blend of cornmeal that I was accustom to growing up.

Since finding that cornmeal I have been able to get dumplings that provide the cornmeal flavor and not get too much of that coarse texture.

As a result of the cornmeal being such a fine texture, the dumplings are not as yellow in color as cornmeal dumplings usually look. But the flavor is still there.

Dumplings are pretty easy to make. It's just flour and water and then these little things are sent to boil until they float.

We usually make dumplings two ways. You can see I made "soup" dumplings when I made some pigeon peas soup, but when we are making them to eat with meats, we usually make them flat and round.

Cornmeal Dumplings

The flattening process is just basically using the palm of your hand and pressing while turning the ball in a circle. Usually 3 presses and it's flat enough.

If you want to have perfectly shaped dumplings, you can also roll them out with a rolling pin and use a glass to cut them out. Fancy!!

Dumplings are always a winner in my book. I love them soaked in some gravy. Eaten with a big spoon to scoop up a piece of dumpling with meat and sauce, all in one go.

Cornmeal Dumplings
Side Dish
Yield: 4
Author: Renz @ HomeMadeZagat
Cornmeal Dumplings

Cornmeal Dumplings

This is a simple recipe for making cornmeal dumplings (boiled) as it is traditionally done in the Caribbean.
Prep time: 15 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 30 M


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Salt for water to boil
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup water


  1. To a deep pot, add 4 cups of water and set to boil
  2. Season with a little salt
  3. In a separate bowl add cornmeal, flour and sugar
  4. Add water in increments to flour mixture and mix to a ball. Let sit for 5 minutes
  5. Separate ball of flour into smaller balls
  6. Flatten either by using your palm or using a rolling pin
  7. Add dumplings to boiling water and give it a stir
  8. Bring to boil for about 10 minutes (dumplings will float to top of water)
  9. You can strain dumplings or leave them in water until ready to serve.
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* These can be stored in the fridge or even be put to freeze. Can be reboiled or heated up in the microwave after being sprinkled with some water and covered with a napkin

Want see what I eat dumplings with:

Caribbean Cornmeal Dumpling Recipe

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Renz HomeMadeZagat
Renz HomeMadeZagat

Hi guys, I’m Renz. I am the chief cook and bottle washer here at HomeMadeZagat. I am here sharing Caribbean recipes that I grew up eating and new ones I’ve fallen in love with over the years. I just want to showcase the amazing diversity of Caribbean food and that everyone can recreate these dishes.