Polenta Cakes

polenta cakes

I love the polenta cakes. “Polenta pairs perfectly with Parmesan, but you could use Romano or Asiago. You can also add complexity and depth to the flavor of this simple dish by mixing in chopped herbs. Basil makes an excellent addition to polenta.”  From In the Kitchen with Le Cordon Bleu, published by Cengage Learning. Copyright 2013 Le Cordon Bleu International. All rights reserved.

Polenta Cakes

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polenta cakes


  • 1 2/3 cup water or milk
  • salt as needed
  • freshly cracked black pepper as needed
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup polenta (or yellow corn meal)
  • 1 ounce Parmesan grated
  • olive oil as need for frying


In a pot over medium heat, bring the water, seasoning and butter to a boil. Whisk in the polenta. Reduce the temperature to medium-low and cook until the mixture leaves the side of the pan, about 5 minutes, whisking constantly. Once cooked, mix in the Parmesan. Turn the polenta out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and let it sit until just cool enough to handle. Then roll it into a tight log and twist the ends. Allow to cool completely and refrigerate until set, at least 1 hour, overnight is best.

Unwrap the chilled polenta roll and cut into ½ inch thick slices. In a non-stick or cast iron skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Pan-fry the cakes until golden brown on both sides, turning once, about 3 minutes on each side. The polenta cakes should be firm and crisp on the outside but moist and hot on the inside. Remove from the skillet and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.