Cornmeal Substitutes

This article provides an overview of cornmeal, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make cornmeal substitutes.

What is Cornmeal?

Cornmeal is a type of coarse flour, known as meal, which has been ground from dried corn. There are different types and variations of cornmeal depending on the grounding process, which can be fine, medium, and coarse, and also which type of corn is used. The most common being white, blue, or yellow.

What does Cornmeal taste like?

The most obvious flavor of cornmeal is corn, however, each variation of cornmeal has a slightly different taste. For example, blue and yellow cornmeal has a rather sweet flavor, while white cornmeal has a less sweet and powerful flavor.

Is Cornmeal readily available in Supermarkets?

Yes, cornmeal should be readily available in all major supermarkets, as well as most local convenience stores. It should be found in the baking aisle or with the other rice and grains.

What are some alternative names for Cornmeal?

Outside of the US, cornmeal may be referred to as maize meal, maize flour, or polenta. These products are almost the same thing, the only difference being the consistency of the grain.

What is a good substitute for Cornmeal in recipes?

Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for cornmeal. These include:

  • Corn flour is one of the most favorited substitutes as it is basically very finely ground cornmeal
  • You may also use corn grits, however as the name suggests, it will leave a grittier taste, which may not be desirable in airy recipes
  • Surprisingly, you can also use tortilla chips, just pop them in the food processor!