Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

No-brainer recipe


  1. In a large pot bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add the salt and slowly pour in the cornmeal, mixing constantly with a wooden spoon until it is all incorporated.
  3. Turn the heat to low and cook until it's smooth and no longer grainy (30-35 minutes). Be sure to stir often so that the bottom doesn't burn.
  4. Spread the warm polenta evenly into a lightly oiled container and allow to cool.
  5. When cool, cut the polenta into whatever shape you desire. Firm polenta can be grilled, baked or fried.
Most Helpful

There's no way a full tablespoon of salt is required for one cup of polenta. I just tried this recipe and it tastes like a salt lick. Next time I try this I'll start with a teaspoon of salt.

FinestKind March 08, 2013