Grilled Polenta with Mushrooms

Polenta two ways – Creamy and Grilled

What is Polenta?

Polenta is a kind of cornmeal mush that originated in Northern Italy as peasant food. But in the US, it’s served at upscale restaurants as a gourmet dish. The reality is somewhere in the middle. It can be a basic porridge, with not a lot of flavors, or a high-end, kicked version that has expensive ingredients as part of the recipe.

Today, we are going to make two versions of Polenta, both from the “Cooking Secrets for Men” category. We use tubed polenta as a shortcut. No standing over the stove stirring in milk/cream/butter/cheese for up to 45 minutes.

Polenta two ways - Creamy and Grilled
Polenta two ways – Creamy and Grilled
Grilled Polenta with Mushroom Ragu

Polenta two ways – Creamy and Grilled

Today, we are going to make two versions of Polenta. We use tubed polenta as a shortcut. No standing over the stove stirring. Ready in minutes.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Polenta
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 69.6kcal


  • Grill
  • Med sized pot for boiling water


Side Dish – Creamy Polenta

  • 1 16 oz. Tube precooked polenta Fat Free & Gluten Free
  • 3 tbsp of Butter
  • ½ cup of Milk or cream
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese

Appetizer – Grilled Polenta w/Sauteed Mushrooms

  • 1 16 oz. Tube pre-cooked Polenta Fat Free & Gluten Free
  • 1 cup sliced Mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp of Butter
  • ½ cup white wine
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • ½ cup Olive oil for basting
  • Fresh Rosemary as garnish
  • Hot Grill & Basting brush


To Prepare: Side Dish – Creamy Polenta

  • Place the unopened tube of Polenta in a pot of boiling water. and boil for 5-7 minutes
  • Remove the tube, dump the boiling water out, and return the tube of polenta to the pot
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the tube in half and squeeze the polenta into the empty pan
  • Add butter, cream, salt & pepper, and cheese and stir to blend
  • Polenta will be ready after 1-2 minutes of stirring

To Prepare: Appetizer – Grilled Polenta w/Sauteed Mushrooms

  • Slice the precooked tube into ½ inch slices, about 9 per tube.
  • Heat butter in a pan and sauté mushrooms for 2-3 minutes
  • Add salt and pepper as desired
  • As mushrooms darken, add wine to deglaze the pan
  • Add 1 more tablespoon of butter to the mushrooms
  • Preheat your grill
  • Use Basting Brush on sliced rounds of polenta with olive oil and grill on both sides for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • Remove from grill, and top with sautéed mushrooms and fresh rosemary



Polenta is pre-cooked, so you are just trying to get grill marks on it and soften it slightly.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 69.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.7g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 304mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 294IU | Vitamin C: 7.1mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Creamy Polenta
Creamy Polenta
Grilled Polenta with Mushroom Ragu
Grilled Polenta with Mushroom Ragu

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6 thoughts on “Polenta two ways – Creamy and Grilled”

  1. 5 stars
    Why thank you Chef! The grilled polenta is a re-creation from a restaurant we used to go to in Cincinnati. I like to re-create recipes that I find interesting from restaurants I go to. Thanks for the comments and best of luck to both of us!

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