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Grilled Polenta Recipe with Fresh Tomatoes

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This Polenta Recipe shows you how to make Grilled Polenta with Fresh Tomatoes, but you can also top your Polenta with Tomato Sauce! I show you how to prepare it both ways.

Polenta—An Easy Side Dish

My mom is of Northern Italian heritage, and so when it comes to side dishes, polenta was a staple on our dinner table when I was growing up. It’s the equivalent of American-style mashed potatoes.

Basic polenta is easy to prepare and delicious, but you can also take your polenta one step further and form it into little squares or rectangles and grill it! This method was my favorite way to enjoy polenta when I was a child, and as I show you in my recipe video, it’s still my favorite way today!

All It Takes Is a Simple Chilling

To make grilled polenta, you just need to take one more preparation step. Pour your polenta into a baking dish and let it chill. It will firm up within a few hours and then be ready to grill. That’s it! Making this dish with ingredients from your pantry couldn’t be easier with the steps in my printable recipe.

The taste of grilled polenta can’t be beaten. It’s the perfect way to prepare this dish in the summer, especially topped with fresh tomatoes and basil from your garden. But you can certainly make this recipe all year round. In the cooler months, sauté up your polenta in a frying pan, and top it with homemade tomato sauce.

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Grilled Polenta

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Cook: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Enjoy this tasty Northern Italian classic.


  • Large sauce pan
  • 9" x 9" baking dish


  • 3 cups Chicken broth Optionally, you can use water or vegetable broth.
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil Optionally, you can use butter or ghee (clarified butter).
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Cornmeal, medium or coarse ground If you can find it, look for cornmeal labeled "Polenta." This if the perfect grind.


  • To a saucepan, add broth, oil, and salt. Bring to a roiling boil.
  • Begin to whisk in the cornmeal slowly. Once all the cornmeal has been added, turn the heat down to medium-high and continue to stir the mixture until it resembles mashed potatoes. This can take approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and spread the polenta into a greased 9" x 9" baking dish. Transfer the dish to the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, remove the polenta from the fridge and slice into 12 rectangles.
  • Transfer each rectangle to a well-greased, hot grill pan. Grill each side for a minute or two and then transfer to a serving plate. Top with fresh tomatoes and basil or tomato sauce.
  • Alternatively, if you are not using a grill pan, add a tablespoon of butter or olive oil to a frying pan and sauté each rectangle until golden on each side. Top with fresh tomatoes and basil or tomato sauce.



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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Creamy Polenta, Grilled Polenta, Italian Meals, Italian Side Dish, Polenta
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