Turn this storecupboard staple into nutritious meals and delicious bakes with our recipes, including vegetarian tarts, Mexican corn muffins and a blood orange loaf cake
A type of cornmeal, polenta is a really versatile ingredient. It can be used to give fried food a crisp coating, served as a mashed potato-style side, baked in cakes or used as a pastry substitute.
Easy polenta recipes
Salted honey polenta cake
Sea salt brings out the taste of the honey in this polenta cake – perfect for a weekend treat.
Fried cheesy polenta chips with smoked chilli and lemon
These crispy, cheesy polenta chips with a smoked chilli dip make a great starter or side dish.
Blood orange polenta drizzle cake
Change up the classic lemon drizzle with juicy blood oranges. Our polenta cake is easy to make and the ideal sweet treat to accompany your morning coffee.
Acclaimed New York chef Marcus Samuelsson shares his easy recipe for cornbread from Shoreditch's Red Rooster, which makes great use of polenta.
Crispy polenta halloumi with tomatillo salsa
Check out this fried halloumi recipe with a crispy polenta crumb, served with a quick and juicy salsa.
Kale hush puppies with lemon aïoli
Hush puppies are little American savoury donuts in a polenta batter. Dip these crispy kale snacks into zingy lemon aioli for an easy party snack.
Creamy courgette and polenta tart
Instant polenta makes a perfect pastry-less tart. Top with pan-fried courgettes and creamy mascarpone and serve with rocket.
Gorgonzola-polenta wedges with madeira mushrooms
Gorgonzola wedges make a quick, cheesy side, ready in under 20 minutes. These polenta wedges come served with madeira mushrooms and crème fraîche.
Soft polenta with roast butternut and blue cheese
Polenta is great to use in place of mashed potato in this recipe. Topped with roasted butternut squash and creamy blue cheese it makes an easy but indulgent vegetarian supper.
Polenta gets a Japanese twist with the addition of red miso. Chilled, set and then pan-fried, it’s served up with soy peppers, spring onions and sesame seeds for an easy midweek meal.
Mexican breakfast corn muffins
Our moist and cheesy corn muffins put polenta to great work. Packed with Mexican flavours they're ready in less than an hour and make a simple and healthy breakfast.
Balsamic braised beef with cheesy polenta
Smooth, cheesy polenta cranks up the comfort factor in this dish of braised beef with rich balsamic, slow cooked until meltingly tender.
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