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Polenta grilled and topped with parmesan and parsley.

Grilled Polenta

Lightly seared on the outside, creamy on the inside, & loaded with savory flavor! An easy & satisfying main course or side dish.
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: dairy free, grilled, healthy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 4
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Holly Gray


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking polenta medium or coarse grain
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup vegan parmesan shredded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for grilling


  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the water and salt. Bring just to a boil then reduce the heat to low.
  • Gradually whisk in the polenta and ground black pepper. Continue whisking for 2 minutes, or until the mixture begins to tighten up.
  • Stir in the thyme, oregano, and 2 tablespoons butter. Continue stirring until well combined. The mixture will be very thick.
  • Butter a 10-inch springform pan then use a rubber spatula to spread the hot polenta in the pan, smoothing out the top.
  • Set aside to cool for 30 minutes, or until the polenta reaches room temperature. Cover the cooled polenta with plastic wrap then refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to a day to set.
  • Preheat a grill to 400°F.
  • Open the clamps on the springform pan to release the polenta. Use a large knife or pizza cutter to cut the polenta into equal pie shapes.
  • Lightly oil the grill and brush each side of the polenta with olive oil.
  • Carefully place the polenta pieces onto the hot grill. Grill for 5 minutes on each side, or until nicely seared and golden in color.


Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 1518mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 552IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 237mg | Iron: 1mg
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