Pan Fried Polenta

Recipe: Pan Fried Polenta


  • 1 cup Instant Polenta
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 2 tsp fresh chopped thyme
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 2 Tbs all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil


First follow the package instructions for the instant polenta. Typically, I follow the instructions the calls for 3 cups boiling water and then stir in 1 cup instant polenta. Whisk the polenta constantly for 3 to 5 minutes until almost cooked then add ½ cup of half and half. Then whisk in the chopped thyme, kosher salt and pepper.

Pour the cooked polenta into a 9 x 13 pan lightly coated with cooking spray. Allow the polenta to cool for 15 minutes then cover with foil and refrigerate for 2 hours.

 After 2 hours the polenta has firmed, invert the firm cooked polenta onto parchment paper. Use a cookie cutter and cut out approximately 12 molds. Dust both sides of the molds with a little flour and remove any excess flour.

In a sauté pan add 1 tsp of unsalted butter and 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil and heat over medium high heat. Sauté the polenta molds in batches until golden brown and warmed through, about 3-4 minutes a side. Transfer to a plate with paper towel to absorb any excess grease and then transfer to a warm serving platter.

Culinary tradition: Italian

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