Crispy Fried Polenta Sticks


I know, I know, these are fried.  But they really are good.  I’m not kidding.  Once in a while you need a little fried treat.  At first I wasn’t too sure about this idea of frying polenta but I went ahead and tried it anyway and sure enough, these little sticks grow on you.  After the second bite you will see what I mean about them growing on you.  Crispy on the outside and nice and smooth on the inside.  I dipped them in some marinara but I am now thinking a spicy sauce would have been even better.  Maybe a horseradish or buffalo sauce.

These are pretty easy to make.  If you’ve made  polenta before you will already know what to do.  Cook the polenta and pour it into a lightly oiled shallow dish and let cool.  Once the polenta  has cooled (about an hour) you can easily slice them into whatever shape you want and then toss them in some HOT oil.  Cook ’em up nice and crispy and dip ’em.  A quick little appetizer or serve them as a side like regular fries.

I found this recipe in the new cookbook I am going through called Candle 79.  You won’t believe all the fantastic recipes included in this book.  All are vegetarian/vegan and quite a few raw dishes.  These are the recipes from their restaurant in New York.  I am in love with these recipes.

From Candle 79

3 cups water (used vegetable broth)

1 teaspoon sea salt (I didn’t add salt since I used the veggie broth)

1 1/2 cups plain cornmeal

1 tablespoon garlic chopped

1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped

Combine the water/broth and the garlic in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil.   Slowly add the cornmeal stirring the whole time to avoid clumping.  Turn the heat down to low and simmer stirring often for about 10 minutes.  Pour into the prepared dish and allow to cool.  Slice into sticks and fry.

Heat some cooking oil and drop in the sticks and cook until golden brown.





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  4. I had these when I visited a vegan restaurant last week.

  5. Oh yum! I love polenta, but I’d never thought to fry it, that’s a fantastic idea. I like the idea of doing a spicier sauce as a match to it.

  6. On Fridays, I share my favorite food finds in a series called Food Fetish Friday – and I love this post so I’m featuring it as part of the roundup (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I look forward to seeing what you create next…

    • Suzi

      Thank you I am honored that you chose to feature these tasty sticks/

      • Nicole

        I made these tonight and they completely fell apart in the skillet and were mushy and oily :( For how time consuming these are, I am very disappointed. Should I dip them in flour first before putting in the hot oil? I still have a huge pan of this stuff since I only fried 4 sticks.

  7. Looks fantastic Suzi, and no problem for me if it’s fried! They look like crispy little bars of awesomeness!

  8. I’ve only had polenta once and for sure it wasn’t fried. Your pictures are really making the case for me to try this.

  9. Only trouble is, I’m not sure I’d be able to stop eating these tasty puppies ;-) – very fun recipe!

  10. Hey this polenta chips looks really crispy and delicious. would love to give it a try. Thanks for sharing it.

  11. I would’ve never have thought to fry up polenta!

  12. Fried polenta is SO GOOD. These look fantastic, enough to satisfy my fried food cravings.

  13. Okay so…I desperately need this cookbook. Again. Fried polenta is one of the few fried things I’ll eat! But it’s so worth it.

    • Suzi

      Joanne, I am going through this book and making a lot of these dishes. I love this book definitley going there next time I hit New York, whenever that will be.

  14. So interesting! I never thought to fry polenta like this but I am loving the idea! They are beautiful and sound delicious.

  15. Fried ?! Will download these now ! lol Presentation looks awesome , Suz !

  16. Love polenta chips, I like to add cheese to them too.

  17. ohhh a plate of these and a little salad and I am set!! Looks so delicious.

  18. Liz

    These look yummy, Suzi! I bet they’d be great with a spicy sauce~

    PS…my grandmother would toast angel food cake, butter it, and let us eat it for breakfast :)

  19. You are on top of a trend–I see polenta fries on lots of menus. Yours look so much better than the ones I had in Portland a couple of weeks ago!

  20. Hi Suzi: I can’t wait to make these Polenta Sticks! I tasted something similar at a gorgeous restaurant in Napa/Yountville, CA and fell in love with what they did with polenta (it was used more like a tasty garnish). Thx for sharing…I can taste it already! :D

  21. I just had breakfast but weetbix so does not seem tasty enough anymore!
    Lovely my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  22. Love it! Wish there was an APP that would allow me to pull these from the computer screen:)

    • Suzi

      Hey Shawn, I don’t think we wold really want an APP for that, I would be eating so many of the luscious fodd I see daily,LOL.

  23. This is such a great gluten-free recipe! I’m thinking this is the perfect side to go along with some turkey burgers as a low-carb good substitute for fries.

  24. those look fantastic and so delicious! i have to try these!

  25. These look great! I could easily snack on these =)

  26. OMG. Yes please!

    I adore polenta! We make the polenta in a loaf pan, and then slice pieces before frying them. We call them something very fabulous and classy…fried cornmeal mush.

    It’s also fabulous drizzled with a bit of syrup. I know…it sounds weird. But, it is SO good.

    • Suzi

      I like that Jen, fried cornmeal mush. I think that is what it’s really called in the south.

    • Maxine

      I agree, and so far that’s the only way we have eaten it. As a matter of fact, that’s what I had for breakfast just now, along with an egg…sunny side up, and a delicious cup of Earl Grey tea, which has many health benefits. Try it! :)

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