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Cornmeal Cou Cou (Trinidadian Style)

Vegan, gluten free, dairy free cornmeal with okra- so delicious and perfect with fish
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Trinidadian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 391kcal
Author Charla


  • 1 cup cornmeal fine and non GMO
  • 2 Garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoon of dairy free butter
  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • ½ cup of warm water
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 8 okras sliced finely
  • 2 tablespoon of pimiento peppers or 2tbsp of sweet red peppers
  • salt to taste


  • Boil the coconut milk and then reduce to a low heat.
  • Add the finely sliced okra and leave to simmer until tender, this should take 5-7 minutes, given the size of the sliced okra.
  • Half way through tenderising the okra add the onion, butter, garlic and peppers, stir then continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove the liquid mixture from the heat, and begin to add some of the cornmeal while stirring rapidly. Tip - the quicker you stir the less likelihood of lumps forming.
  • Return the pot to the stove, again adding the cornmeal in segments while stirring and folding until everything is incorporated into the pot.
  • If the mixture is too dense add the water, slowly to determine your desired texture.
  • Continue to cook for another 5 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the mixture is firm. Fine cornmeal cook relatively quickly compared to the course kind.
  • Season with salt according to taste


  • The fine cornmeal is known as "cornflour" in the states.
  • DO NOT use "cornstarch" to make this recipe. It won't work.
  • Feel free to include other vegetables in this recipe if you want to.
  • Fine cornmeal cooks quicker, if you use coarse cornmeal the recipe will take longer to cook and you will need to adjust liquid levels.
  • Use red bell peppers if you cannot obtain pimiento peppers
  • Make sure to stir constantly until the cou cou thickens to avoid lumps


Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Sodium: 273mg | Potassium: 989mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 621IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 10mg