Crispy Grilled Polenta Recipe

Jun 1, 2011 2:46 pm

The perfect vegetarian side dish

This is a hugely overlooked pre-made item in the supermarket. Polenta is made with cornmeal and most often served in restaurants as a creamy, porridge kind of thing — which sounds bad and reminds me of Oliver!, as in, “Please sir, can I have some more...?” But that’s not the one I’m talking about. This one has already been formed into the shape of a giant sausage, sort of, which, funny enough, also sounds bad. But it’s not — you just cut a few rounds off of it, drizzle with oil, add some seasonings and herbs, and grill. It’s wonderful; just do it.

grilled polenta
Pre-made polenta from the store gets tasty with a drizzle of oil and some time on the grill

Sam the Cooking Guy, Just Grill This! by Sam Zien, who's also featured on Food Republic talkin' grilled veggies.

Servings: 6 servings


1 tube polenta, prepared, store bought
1 cup basil, leaves, fresh
1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Basil oil: Put the basil leaves and oil in a blender, season with salt and pepper and whiz until smooth.

  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  2. Cut the polenta into 3/4-inch-thick rounds. Brush with the oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill the polenta rounds on both sides until nicely marked, about 7 to 10 minutes a side - and don’t move them while they cook or you’ll jack with the cooking process and they’ll stick and bust.
  4. Remove and serve sorta like a side of potato something.
  5. And once you get this whole polenta thing down, try some of these ideas:
  • 1.Spoon on a little warm pesto and Parmesan cheese on top.
  • 2. Sauté some mushrooms and serve them on top of the polenta with an extra drizzle of really good olive oil.
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
20 minutes
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