Mieliepap Recipe

This mieliepap recipe is what Esme uses to make mieliepap in our home.

mieliepap recipe
mieliepap recipe

Mieliepap Recipe

Mieliepap is similar to what we call “grits” in Texas. South Africans eat it as a cereal or as a side with meat.
Course Breakfast, Main
Cuisine South African


  • 5 – 6 cups water (1/2 water, 1/2 milk for cereal)
  • 1 cup corn flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter (optional, but it makes it taste better)


  • Boil the water in a pot and add the salt and butter. Slowly stir in the flour with a wok or fork. Turn the heat to medium and wait for your pap to start bubbling. Cover the pot with a lid and let the pap simmer for 30 – 45 minutes. (The longer and slower it steams, the better the taste.)
  • This can be eaten with milk and sugar for breakfast, or with brown gravy and braaivleis (BBQ’d meat).

There is another version of mieliepap called “krummelpap”, which is a drier, more crumbed version that is favored in many parts of South Africa. It is usually covered with tomato & onion gravy and enjoyed with braaivleis. Here is a krummelpap recipe.

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