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Oven-Roasted Polenta

Daniel Proctor

Servings: three to four as a side dish.

Thanks to Ed Fleming, owner of The Polenta Company, for permission to adapt the recipe printed on bags of Golden Pheasant brand polenta. Use only water and no milk if you’re making polenta to use a few days from now—it will keep better this way. If you’re doubling the recipe, double the cooking time.


  • 1 cup medium-coarse or coarse cornmeal, preferably organic stone-ground  
  • 3 to 6 cups water (or half water, half milk), depending on the desired consistency
  • 1 Tbs. butter or olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt; more to taste


  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 3-qt. nonstick ovenproof skillet; pour in the cornmeal, water, milk (if using), butter, and salt and stir with a fork until blended. The mixture will separate and take more than half the cooking time to come together. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes. Stir the polenta, taste, add salt if needed, and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the polenta rest in the pan for 5 minutes before pouring it into a buttered bowl to scoop out and serve or onto a wooden board or pizza peel to slice into wedges.


For soft polenta use 5 or 6 cups liquid; for firm polenta that can be cut out into shapes or sliced, use 3 to 3-1/2 cups liquid.


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Reviews (10 reviews)

  • CathySBruce | 02/01/2020

    This has been my go-to recipe for polenta since it first appeared in Fine Cooking. It can take a few minutes longer, depending on the grind of your polenta and the temperature of your water/milk. You can speed it up a bit by microwaving your milk/water mixture to take the chill off of it. A lot happens in the last 10-15 minutes in the oven, so be patient! But if you have 50 minutes to wait, it's the easiest way to make polenta.

  • HousiGirl | 01/24/2019

    We were having company for dinner, so I didn't want to have to stand-and-stir the polenta. I was delighted to find this baked polenta recipe! However, I was crushed when I took the polenta out of the oven after 40 minutes to find it nowhere near done. (Thus no stars at all.) So, recipe ended up being stand-and-stir after all. What could I have done wrong? I used 5 cups of water.

  • Delora | 03/10/2018

    Found this recipe while looking for an alternative to the stand-and-stir routine usually recommended for polenta. Having not been fond of the texture of grits, no matter how finely or coarsely ground, I am now a convert. The slow baking totally changes the result. The polenta was creamy (half milk, half water, one tablespoon butter) and the corn had taken on a pillowy texture. Who knew polenta could be so addictive? Served with a mushroom and tomato ragout. Thank you for posting this great recipe!

  • NikkiR | 09/02/2016

    This is a genius recipe, and most importantly, I make polenta much more often because it's so easy. Make it for friends last night with a fresh tomato sauce, and I received rave reviews for how creamy and delicious the polenta was. I used 1 cup of milk and the rest water.

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