Polenta Recipes

Learn to make perfect polenta, or find recipes that use pre-cooked polenta. It's just the best comfort food.

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How to Make Perfect Polenta

Rating: 5 stars 225
Polenta is nothing more than coarsely ground cornmeal. The classic ratio is 1 part polenta to 4 parts water, but I like to measure the polenta just a little scant of a full cup. I often use chicken broth instead of water. It's a perfect base for any kind of saucy meat or mushroom ragout.


Rating: 4.5 stars 91
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: 4 stars 32
This is a gourmet polenta recipe as it uses kale and goat cheese.
By Allrecipes Member

Air Fryer Polenta Fries

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
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.

What Is Polenta and How Is It Made?

This creamy corn dish can take many forms, but what exactly is it made of?
By Nadia Hassani

Easy Polenta with Tomato Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 171
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: 4.5 stars 39
So easy and so good! This recipe is great as-is, or can be a start for so many variations.

Baked Polenta with Fresh Tomatoes and Parmesan

Rating: 4.5 stars 43
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: 4.5 stars 310
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: 5 stars 54
A friend of mine made this for a Mardi Gras dinner. It was so delicious, I just had to have the recipe.

Easy Oven-Baked Real Polenta (Not Instant)

Rating: 5 stars 5
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: 4.5 stars 19
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 14
"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.
How to Make Perfect Polenta
Rating: 5 stars 233

Creamy, cheesy polenta is a side dish that goes great with all kinds of meats and sauces. You don't have to stir it constantly with Chef John's technique.