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Instant Pot Polenta: Quick, Cozy Comfort Food!


Whip up creamy and flavorful polenta effortlessly with this Instant Pot Polenta recipe. Perfect as a comforting side or a versatile base for numerous toppings.


  • 1 cup stone ground polenta (cornmeal)
  • 4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fresh or dried herbs (like thyme or rosemary) to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese or vegan cheese alternative


  • Step 1 – In your Instant Pot, add water/broth, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and herbs. Whisk in the polenta.
  • Step 2 – Secure the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 9 minutes.
  • Step 3 – Once cooking is complete, carefully perform a quick release of the pressure.
  • Step 4 – Open the lid, stir in olive oil or butter, and add the cheese. Mix well to incorporate.
  • Step 5 – Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
  • Step 6 – Keep the polenta on the ‘keep warm’ setting until ready to serve. Enjoy as a creamy side dish or with your favorite toppings.