Polenta Recipes

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Rating: 4.29 stars
Simple directions on how to cook plain polenta. There are many options for polenta once it is cooked: you can mix in fresh herbs and cheeses, bake it, or fry it! Experiment and choose your favorite technique!

Pan-fried Polenta with Corn, Kale and Goat Cheese

Rating: 3.97 stars
This is a gourmet polenta recipe as it uses kale and goat cheese.

Air Fryer Polenta Fries

Rating: 4.67 stars
These polenta fries made in the air fryer are simple, crunchy, delicious, and addictive. My first batch was an experiment and they were so good that I ran out and bought another tube. Serve with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce.

Easy Polenta with Tomato Sauce

Rating: 4.59 stars
My entire family loves this recipe. A quick baked polenta topped with red sauce. Very easy to make and great the next day too (and the day after that!) Top with additional Parmesan cheese if you like.

Angie's Polenta Lasagna

Rating: 4.29 stars
So easy and so good! This recipe is great as-is, or can be a start for so many variations.

Instant Pot® Polenta

Rating: 3 stars
Polenta, a staple of Northern Italian cuisine, is traditionally made by adding cornmeal to boiling salted water and stirring with a wooden spoon until your biceps aches! You can achieve the same results by letting your Instant Pot® do all of the work for you! We like to serve this topped with browned Italian sausage and pork ribs that have simmered in a sauce made with onions, garlic, basil and tomato sauce until the ribs are falling off the bone-tender! Serve with additional cheese, if desired. Delizioso!

Baked Polenta with Fresh Tomatoes and Parmesan

Rating: 4.47 stars
This recipe is a perfect way to highlight and use fresh summer tomatoes. It makes a great side dish for grilled chicken or pork chops.

Cheesy Polenta

Rating: 4.46 stars
This versatile side dish would work great along with pork, chicken, beef or fish. The trick is to slowly add the cornmeal and whisk constantly to avoid lumps.

Grits a Ya Ya

Rating: 4.91 stars
A friend of mine made this for a Mardi Gras dinner. It was so delicious, I just had to have the recipe.

Polenta Lasagna with Roasted Vegetables

Rating: 4.83 stars
Lasagna noodles are replaced with layers of creamy polenta in this vegetarian lasagna that tastes even better as leftovers.

Easy Oven-Baked Real Polenta (Not Instant)

Rating: 5 stars
Why stir polenta forever when this delicious recipe works beautifully? I like to roast veggies (eggplant, zucchini, onion) while the polenta bakes, then when the polenta is done, top with roasted veggies and some chopped tomatoes, some spices, and bake another 20 minutes. It's dinner.

Sausage and Peppers over Creamy Parmesan Polenta

Rating: 4.42 stars
A delicious medley of hot Italian sausage and peppers is spooned over creamy Parmesan polenta in this satisfying weeknight recipe.

Inspiration and Ideas

Creamy Parmesan Polenta

Rating: Unrated
"Easy, fast, cheap and gluten-free—you've got my attention! I used 'from scratch' polenta instead of the prepared type." – Buckwheat Queen

Polenta Taragna with Taleggio and Radicchio

Directly from the mountains surrounding Bergamo in Northern Italy, cornmeal polenta and ground buckwheat mix with buttery Taleggio cheese.

Momma's Shrimp and Cheese Grits

Rating: 4.67 stars

I have tried a number of shrimp and grits recipes, but have not found one I really like. So I decided to experiment a bit and created a simple but delicious recipe that will surely please the taste buds. In New Orleans we like our cayenne pepper, so use less if you don't like so much heat.