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Polenta Fries with dipping sauces.

Polenta Fries

Teri & Jenny
Our baked Polenta Fries make a delicious appetizer or can be served as a delicious side dish. They're crisp on the outside and slightly creamy on the inside. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Cooling and Chilling Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, snacks
Cuisine Italian, Italian-american
Servings 8
Calories 333 kcal


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

  • 3 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 ½ cups coarse ground yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 1/2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


Tarragon Aioli

  • Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk together. Season with salt and pepper and set aside until ready to use.
    Aioli mixed together in a bowl with a spoon.

Baked Polenta Fries

  • Pour stock 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 20 minutes, until mixture is thick and creamy.
    Cooked polenta in a skillet.
  • Stir in butter, 2 ounces Parmesan and salt. Season with black pepper.
    Polenta with butter and cheese in a skillet.
  • Stir until no lumps remain, then pour mixture into a parchment lined 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.
    Cooked polenta spread evenly onto a baking sheet.
  • Remove polenta from refrigerator and invert onto a clean cutting board. Remove parchment and cut polenta into 1”x 3” sticks.
    Cooled polenta cut into sticks on a cutting board.
  • Preheat oven to 450˚F. Line a half sheet pan with parchment and spray with cooking spray. Line polenta fries onto prepared baking sheet, about 1/2 inch apart. Spray polenta fries with cooking spray.
    Polenta fries on a baking sheet ready to be baked.
  • Bake fries for about 25 minutes or until fries are golden brown and crisp. Remove from oven and top with remaining grated Parmesan.
    Baked polenta fries sprinkled with parmesan.
  • Transfer fries to a platter and serve fries with tarragon aioli and marinara sauce (optional).
    Polenta fries in a basket served with tarragon aioli.


Air Fryer Polenta Fries

Once polenta fries have been cut, spray air fryer basket with cooking spray. Line basket with fries, 1/2 inch apart. Heat air fryer to 400˚F.  Bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown and crisp. Remove from basket and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan. 

Make Ahead

Polenta Fries can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. Once fries have baked, cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for 2 days.
To reheat, pat fries dry with a paper towel. Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line fries onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until heated through and fries crisp back up. Immediately top with grated Parmesan and serve.


Unlike potato French fries, these baked polenta fries freeze and reheat very well. Once refrigerated polenta has been sliced into fries, transfer them to a parchment lined baking sheet, about 1/2 inch apart. Then transfer polenta fries to freezer and freeze until each fry is fully frozen, then transfer to a resealable, freezer safe bag. Remove as much air from the bag as possible and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.
To reheat, Preheat oven to 450˚F. Transfer frozen fries onto a parchment lined baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake fries for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Immediately top fries with grated Parmesan and serve.


Calories: 333kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 11gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 802mgPotassium: 288mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 291IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 152mgIron: 2mg
Keyword baked polenta fries, fries, polenta, polenta fries
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