Grilled Polenta

5 from 3 votes

Polenta lovers need to try this Grilled Polenta recipe. Super easy to make and brings your polenta to a whole different level.

grilled polenta

My spouse asked me to make some polenta for her. I decided to do something a little different this time around so I made some Grilled Polenta.

It’s actually a lot easier than you think. You make the polenta like you normally would in a saucepan but instead of serving it immediately, you refrigerate it in a loaf pan.

grilled polenta

Once the polenta loaf has hardened you can slice it and then grill the polenta slices in a frying pan or on the grill which is my preferred way to make grilled polenta.

If cooked properly you should end up with a nice crusty outside with a delicious soft inside. You do want to be careful to not overcook them as it may dry out the inside of them.

grilled polenta with salsa

If you do decide to fry them in a pan, I suggest you use a cast-iron skillet. It does a great job crusting these polenta slices up.

grilled polenta on plate

Once they are grilled serve with your favorite toppings. In my case, I like to use a little spicy salsa but you could also top with some chopped tomatoes, onions and cilantro.

grilled polenta

You will need the following ingredients to make this Grilled Polenta recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Water, Low Sodium Chicken Broth, Kosher Salt, Polenta, Ground Thyme, Ground Black Pepper, Unsalted Butter and Parmesan Cheese.

  1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the water, chicken broth, and salt to just a boil.
  2. Lower the heat and slowly whisk in the polenta. Whisk continually until the mixture starts to thicken up, 2 to 3 minutes.
    making polenta in saucepan
  3. Add the ground thyme, ground black pepper, butter and the Parmesan and stir for about 30 seconds until combined and very thick.
  4. In a lightly greased loaf pan, pour in the hot polenta and use a spatula to smooth out the top. Set aside and bring to room temperature then cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
    polenta mixture in loaf pan
  5. Slice the polenta into individual slices. Brush each polenta slice with a little olive oil. Place the slices on the grill or in a frying pan. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side.
    slices of polenta on the grill

Printable Recipe Card

grilled polenta

Grilled Polenta

Polenta lovers need to try this Grilled Polenta recipe. Super easy to make and brings your polenta to a whole different level.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time2 hours 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Rodney
Servings 4
Calories 361 kcal

Equipment

  • Loaf Pan
  • Saucepan
  • BBQ / Grill
  • Skillet

Ingredients
 

  • 1 ½ Cups Water
  • 1 ½ Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 ½ Cups Polenta
  • 1 Tsp Ground Thyme
  • 1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • ¾ Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan over medium high heat, bring the water, chicken broth, and salt to just a boil.
  • Lower the heat and slowly whisk in the polenta. Whisk continually until the mixture starts to thicken up, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the ground thyme, ground black pepper, butter and the Parmesan and stir for about 30 seconds until combined and very thick.
  • In a lightly greased loaf pan, pour in the hot polenta and use a spatula to smooth out the top. Set aside and bring to room temperature then cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Slice the polenta into individual slices. Brush each polenta slice with a little olive oil. Place the slices on the grill or in a frying pan. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes each side.

Nutrition

Calories: 361kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 14gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 1496mgPotassium: 187mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 475IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 236mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. James says:

    Love this Grilled Polenta. Polenta is one of my preferred foods. It is very tasty. my family like it better when done on the grill, but I have also done in in a fry pan.

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