Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 8 mins

This recipe is so fast and easy you can serve polenta as a side dish any time. When it is done cooking, you can swirl in one or more additional flavor builders such as a tablespoon of butter, a tablespoon or two of parmesan cheese, chopped chives, fresh-ground pepper, or a tablespoon or two of half-and-half. This makes two generous servings with no leftovers.


  1. Place polenta, water and salt in a 2-quart bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for eight minutes, then stir.
  3. If the polenta is not thick enough, return to microwave for two more minutes.
  4. Add flavoring ingredients to suit you and your meal, such as butter, grated parmesan, pepper, fresh chives, and a little cream.
Most Helpful

Thank you for sharing this recipe! It's so much easier than standing over a hot pot stirring for 30 minutes and I like this texture better. I only cooked it for 6.5 minutes because it was looking kind of thick at that point. I added a tablespoon of butter and the same amount of parm. Next time I'll add more of each and maybe some garlic powder.

FloridaFoodFan October 28, 2015

I really enjoyed this easy-to-make polenta! After the specified 8 minutes of cooking, I whisked the polenta smooth then cooked another minute and it was perfect. As you suggested, I stirred in just a small amount of cream, then added some parmesan cheese and pepper. This made 2 very generous servings that could easily be stretched to 3. Topped with sauteed veggies and really enjoyed - thanks for sharing the recipe! Made for Spring Pick-A-Chef 2013

loof March 20, 2013