Email this recipe to a Friend!

Polenta Fries polenta Polenta Fries recipe Polenta Fries with a tarragon aioli Welcome back from the weekend! I am still trying to get into the swing of things from the holidays. Sometimes it’s just really hard to jump back into concentration and productivity. Today we have a pretty simple recipe for Polenta Fries. These little sticks are cut from a slab of polenta and then lightly fried. This recipe is pretty versatile, you can serve them as a side dish to something delicious and meaty, appetizers, or our favorite, as party food! With Super Bowl coming up soon these would be perfect. We served ours with sides of our marinara sauce and a simple tarragon aioli. I love the texture of the polenta, and I prefer to give them a real good pan fry, the crispier the better, just how I like my In and Out French fries well done. Enjoy and happy Monday!
♥ Teri

Polenta Fries

Servings: 8


basic tarragon aioli

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons minced tarragon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


polenta fries

  • 4 cups low-fat milk
  • 1 ½ cups coarse ground yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 ½ ounces goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • For Basic Tarragon Aioli: Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk together. Season with salt and pepper and set aside until ready to use.
  • For polenta fries: Pour milk into a medium saucepan, place over medium heat and simmer.
  • Slowly whisk in cornmeal until fully incorporated, lower heat to low and continue to stir for about 5 minutes.
  • Fold in butter and goat cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir until no lumps remain, then pour mixture into a lightly greased 9”x13” baking sheet with a 1” lip.
  • Evenly spread and allow mixture to cool for about 20 minutes before placing into the refrigerator. Refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  • Remove polenta from refrigerator and invert onto a clean cutting board. Cut polenta into ½”x 3” sticks.
  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add oil. Lightly fry polenta stick for 2-3 minutes on each side, in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Place finished sticks onto some paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Serve fries with basic tarragon aioli and marinara sauce.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. sarah toasty Not Specified Not Specified

    outstanding! my dad would love this, will have to try these out in the fry daddy when I’m home this weekend!

  2. Becki Explorer Not Specified Not Specified

    I LOVE Polenta Fries….more than normal fries! I am so glad I have a good recipe to follow now! Obesity here I come!

    B x

  3. Prudy Not Specified Not Specified

    oh my goodness… how delightful!! I will be making these for sure… Simply genius!! <3

  4. Maryea {happy healthy mama} Not Specified Not Specified

    I will most definitely be making these–possibly this week. I love polenta and the fries shape is perfect for my little ones. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci) Not Specified Not Specified

    I love polenta fries, these are perfection!

  6. Brian @ A Thought For Food Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m always so pleased by polenta fries (even when they’re ridiculously hot and scald the roof of your mouth). They’re just so rich and creamy… and FREAKIN FRIED! Really, what’s not to love? Love the tarragon aioli too! Must try!

  7. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m with you, the crispier, the better! The aioli sounds amazing!

  8. Elizabeth Not Specified Not Specified

    Any suggestions if I wanted to make them in the oven instead? Trying to stay away from frying but I just love polenta in any form!

  9. Quyen Not Specified Not Specified

    Yum! I wonder if you can bake this instead of frying it and still get the same crunch.

  10. Chloe Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve never tried polenta, either in a restaurant or preparing it myself, but after reading this I’m really intrigued. Beautiful photos too!

  11. Elyse Not Specified Not Specified

    Never made polenta fries but they look seriously yummy! On my list of things to make for 2014

  12. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh I love polenta. I’ll be making these soon. Thank you!

  13. Oakley @ Friedas Not Specified Not Specified

    What a great idea! We’re going to have to try this with our line of Organic Polenta and see which one makes the best fries.

    So happy to see the tarragon aioli. I think people tend to overlook this herb.

  14. PINGBACK: Weekly Links #2 | foodiEcology

  15. Emily | The Guest House Not Specified Not Specified

    I had these at a bar in Montreal years ago and completely forgot about how much I loved them until now. Thanks for the reminder – cocktail snack this weekend!

  16. PINGBACK: Polenta Fries recipe | Spoon Fork Bacon « tosseirrita's linkblog

  17. Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living Not Specified Not Specified

    These look delicious! Have you every tried frying them in coconut oil? I

  18. PINGBACK: Five For Friday | Quite Bookish

  19. Alanna Not Specified Not Specified

    Those polenta fries look TOO good! I bet the goat cheese takes them over the top. The dips look amazing, too. What perfect party food. Can’t wait to make these – thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe!

  20. Chad Not Specified Not Specified

    My 4 year old loves polenta. I will have to make these for him. I think it will be a big hit. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Renee Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow do these ever look good!

  22. PINGBACK: 33 Cuddly And Delicious Beds Of Polenta |

  23. Wendy Not Specified Not Specified

    Is the cooking time in step #3 correct at 5 min.? We made these this weekend, and ended up cooking the cornmeal for 50 min. to get something that was “spreadable.”

  24. PINGBACK: 28 Delicious Things To Cook In February | Southeast Valley Public Market(s) Project

  25. PINGBACK: 28 Delicious Things To Cook In February |

  26. PINGBACK: 28 Delicious Things To Cook In February - zdouf!

  27. PINGBACK: 28 Delicious Things To Cook In February | sooziQ

  28. PINGBACK: Seasonal Cooking | TheCannizzoClutch

  29. PINGBACK: 2月に料理する28のうまいもの | アメリカ最新美味しい~食事!こんな新しいメニュー見たことない!

  30. ani Not Specified Not Specified

    I tried this recipe with whipped cream cheese in place of the goat cheese, since I didn’t have any on hand. It came out great. I also tried frying and broiling the fries. I think I actually preferred the broiled fries.

  31. PINGBACK: 4 Crushes & A Confession | Furious Shirley

  32. jody Not Specified Not Specified

    i making these for my sea+star dinner tomorrow night (dinz with my 2 sisters) to munch on as we play Cards Against Humanity and sip vino. love polenta. love grits. i love mexi polenta for breakfast! poached egg on top of creamy polenta with mexi spices, cilantro, dollop of greek yogurt. avo, roasted tomato…hello. can it be morning already??!! thanks for this recipe! i am very stoked to give it a try.

  33. jody Not Specified Not Specified

    made these last night using coconut oil in the pan. delishhh. i’ve never tried using just milk when making polenta. such a fan!!!

  34. PINGBACK: 4 Crushes & A Confession | Xcuz Me

  35. PINGBACK: 4 Crushes & A Confession | TiaMart Blog

  36. PINGBACK: 21 DIPS THAT WOW | Best Friends For Frosting

  37. PINGBACK: Five healthy food switches for your favourite comfort foods - ✌ VIIVA.COM

  38. Emily Not Specified Not Specified

    Recipe fail. When frying, they just came completely apart in my cast iron skillet. I had sticky polenta slosh everywhere but not a single neat little polenta fry as shown. Would not recommend this particular recipe, though the website has a lot of winners so check out the crispy drumsticks and cream cheese stuffed crust pizza!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Oh no! This is one of my faves and I haven’t had an issue before. A couple things I can recommend to aid in the sticking issue is to lightly dredge each of the sticks in flour before frying, as well as use a good quality nonstick pan or a very well seasoned cast iron skillet (which is what I always use!) I really hope you’re willing to give this recipe another shot as it is so freakin good when the fries fry up properly :)