Quick and Easy Microwave Polenta

Quick and Easy Microwave Polenta
Quick and Easy Microwave Polenta

If you are looking for a quick way to make polenta, without using “Instant”, this is it. Use the microwave. It is so much easier than you think and it doesn’t come out lumpy. This is a great way to make a creamy polenta as a breakfast base or a dinner side dish.

By its nature, polenta is quite bland. Think of it as a canvas for other flavours.

This recipe is for a basic, unflavoured polenta. A perfect canvas.

Tips

  • When making polenta on the stove, the water can easily be changed out for milk or stock. But, when microwaving, I like to just stick with water. It is easy to scorch dairy products in the microwave.
  • If you want to eat it as porridge, serve it as soon as it is done cooking. When polenta cools it sets quite quickly and it does not return to its creamy texture when reheated.
  • Solid polenta can be frozen and used later.To do this, place the cooked polenta in a greased container and let it chill in the fridge for a few hours. Then slice it up and place the slices on a cookie sheet in one layer. Put this in the freezer. Once the pieces are frozen, place them in an airtight freezer-safe container. When you want to cook the pieces, allow them to thaw first. Use them while they are still quite cold, but not frozen.

Recipe Demonstration Videos

This video demonstration shows how easy it is to make microwave polenta.

Microwave Polenta

This video shows some options for how to use solid, sliced polenta.

Sliced Polenta 3 Ways

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Quick and Easy Microwave Polenta Recipe

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Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2 2 minutes 8 minutes

Recipe Notes

  • Add other spices to the liquid if you like.
  • Can be served with sweet or savoury toppings.

INGREDIENTS

  • 90 grams (1/2 Cup) Medium Cornmeal
  • 500 mililitres (2 Cups) Water
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 14 grams Unsalted Butter

DIRECTIONS

Quick and Easy Microwave Polenta
Gather your ingredients.

 

Quick and Easy Microwave Polenta
Add water, cornmeal and salt to a microwave safe bowl. Stir well.

 

Quick and Easy Microwave Polenta
Cover and cook in microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes. Seal the edges, but do not cover too tightly because the plastic wrap will expand with the heat.

 

Quick and Easy Microwave Polenta
Remove the plastic wrap and stir well.

 

Quick and Easy Microwave Polenta
Cover the bowl again and cook in the microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes.

 

Quick and Easy Microwave Polenta
Cover the bowl again and cook in the microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes.
Quick and Easy Microwave Polenta
Serve as a porridge, with your favourite topping or let it set to slice later. Grease or line a container. Spread out hot polenta and flatten well. Cover and let cool a little before putting in the fridge. Leave in fridge for a couple of hours before slicing.

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