RecipeBaked Polenta Fries

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 155
  • Protein: 6g
  • Total Fat: 4g
    • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 23g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5g
  • Sodium: 370mg
Take Note


These cheesy “fries” are a kid favorite. Serve with warm marinara sauce for delicious dunking!

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This recipe makes 4 Servings
  • • ¾ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • • 1 cup cornmeal, whole-grain polenta, such as Bob’s Red Mill
  • • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Line the bottom of a 9-inch by 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Liberally coat the paper or foil with oil spray.

In a large saucepan, combine 3 cups water and the salt. Bring the water to a boil.

Slowly whisk in the polenta. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 30 minutes, or until the polenta is very thick, stirring every 5 to 10 minutes.

Stir in the cheese. Spread the polenta into the prepared baking pan, making it as smooth and even as possible.

Cool the polenta on the counter for 10 minutes. Lay a sheet of plastic wrap directly over the top of the polenta.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but ideally overnight, to allow the polenta to firm up.

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Flip over the baking pan onto a cutting board to release the polenta in one square. Remove the parchment paper or foil. Slice the polenta square in half, and slice each half into 8 to 10 strips (“fries”).

Arrange the polenta “fries” on the baking sheet. Bake the fries for 30 minutes, flipping once halfway through, until golden brown and crispy.

Optional: Serve with warm marinara sauce for dunking!

Serving size: approximately 5 “fries”