10 Classic Cornmeal Recipes

From fish fries to corn dogs and even creamy, comforting polenta, cornmeal is a classic pantry staple with almost infinite uses everyone loves at the table.

Mini Corn Dogs

Perfect for every birthday party, barbecue, and outdoor dinner, mini corn dogs will become a family favorite.

Corn Muffins

These corn muffins, just a little bit sweet with lots of corn flavor, are easy to make and are perfect for a an on-the-go breakfast. You can also use this recipe to make a loaf of corn bread, one of the best (and easiest) kinds of breakfast breads.

Ham and Cheese Cornmeal Morning Muffins

Everything you want for breakfast (think eggs, ham, and cheese) in a neat little cornmeal muffin package.

Lemon Garlic Shrimps with Creamy Polenta

Achieve creamy polenta with the help of vegetable broth, butter, and a healthy amount of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Topped with garlicky shrimp and you've got a hearty, satisfying meal.

Skillet Taco Pie

Next taco Tuesday try out this single-skillet taco pie and relish only having one pan to clean.

Cheesy Polenta with Herb-Marinated Mushrooms

Top simple cheesy polenta with herb-marinated mushrooms for a vegetarian side dish.

Pan Fried Perch

Fish fries are the perfect way to spend a Friday night. If you can't find perch locally, sub in any white fish like catfish or tilapia.

Potato Gratin and Cornmeal Fried Chicken

A coat of cornmeal (instead of flour) makes for extra crunchy and crispy fried chicken.

Pumpkin Honey Corn Bread

Pumpkin purée adds a bit of extra sweetness to standard cornbread, making it the perfect pairing for spicy chili.

Cornmeal and Coconut Cookies

These easy-to-make cookies are sweet and crispy: the perfect afternoon treat. Corn has a lot of natural sweetness which pairs well with the coconut. If you don't have yellow cornmeal on hand, you can easily use polenta instead.