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Instant Pot Polenta Recipe: Creamy Perfection

Written by: Emily Smith

This Instant Pot Polenta is my go-to comfort food. It's creamy, cheesy, and so easy to whip up. Just toss everything in the pot and let it do its magic!

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Ever tried making polenta at home? I embarked on this cooking adventure recently. Picture this: creamy, buttery, and cheesy delight that pairs perfectly with almost anything. Wow! Cooking polenta in an instant pot took this dish to new heights, making it simple and utterly delicious. This recipe is so tasty it might just make your regular dinner rotation. Excited yet? Let's get down to it!

Ingredients for Creamy Instant Pot Polenta

  • Cornmeal: Essential for creating the base of the polenta, providing a hearty texture and rich corn flavor to the dish.
  • Water: Crucial for cooking the cornmeal to the right consistency, ensuring the polenta is creamy and not too thick.
  • Butter: Adds richness and creaminess to the polenta, enhancing the overall flavor and mouthfeel of the dish.
  • Parmesan cheese: Provides a savory umami flavor and adds a cheesy richness to the polenta, elevating its taste profile.

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Kitchen Tools Needed for This Polenta Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Speeds up cooking process by using high pressure to cook polenta quickly and efficiently.
  • Wooden Spoon: Essential for stirring the polenta to prevent clumping and ensure even cooking.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Add cornmeal, water, and salt to the Instant Pot.
  2. Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  3. Allow natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
  4. Stir in butter and Parmesan cheese until creamy.
  5. Serve hot as a side dish or base for other dishes.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 250 kcal | Carbohydrates: 35 g | Protein: 6 g | Total Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 20 mg | Sodium: 600 mg | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 0 g | Calcium: 150 mg | Potassium: 100 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Vitamin A: 200 µg | Vitamin C: 0 mg

Tips for Making Polenta Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the polenta as directed and let it cool to room temperature.
  • Transfer the polenta to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • When ready to serve, reheat the polenta on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a splash of water or milk to loosen it up if needed.

Freezing Instructions

  • Allow the polenta to cool completely before freezing.
  • Portion the polenta into freezer-safe containers or bags.
  • Label with the date and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding liquid as needed to reach desired consistency.

Polenta is a versatile dish that can be served creamy as a side or chilled, sliced, and grilled for a crispy texture.

Common Questions About Cooking Polenta in the Instant Pot

Can I use a different type of cheese in this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute parmesan cheese with other cheeses like cheddar or gouda for a different flavor profile.
How can I make the polenta creamier?
To make the polenta creamier, you can add more butter or cream during the cooking process or stir in some milk or cream at the end.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can make the polenta ahead of time and reheat it on the stove with a little extra liquid to loosen it up.
Is it possible to make this recipe dairy-free?
You can make this recipe dairy-free by using dairy-free butter and skipping the parmesan cheese or using a dairy-free alternative.
Can I add herbs or spices to the polenta?
Yes, feel free to add herbs like thyme, rosemary, or spices like garlic powder or red pepper flakes to customize the flavor of your polenta.

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