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 Baked Polenta Fries 

These Baked Polenta Fries are such a fun appetizer! Creamy cheese-laced polenta is spread in a pan, baked and then cut into “fries.” They’re brushed with olive oil, baked and served with a spicy tomato dipping sa

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword polenta fries, gluten free fries, crispy fries, cornmeal fries
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 195 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/2 cup chickpea or all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 14 oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Preheat oven 450 degrees. Grease a small 9x12 baking sheet or pan.

  2. In a medium saucepan, bring water and 3/4 tsp salt to a rolling boil. Turn heat down to medium. Whisk in cornmeal or polenta VERY slowly. Reduce heat to medium-low or low and whisk almost constantly for 20 minutes until thick and creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  3. Remove from heat and add in parmesan and crushed rosemary.

  4. Working quickly pour creamy polenta into the prepared pan. Spread evenly. You want it to be about 1/4 to 1/2-inches thick. Cool completely at room temperature or in the fridge. (CAN BE MADE UP TO TWO DAYS IN ADVANCE UP UNTIL THIS POINT.)

  5. When you're ready to bake, invert on to a cutting board. Cut into fry shapes and dredge in chickpea or all-purpose flour, removing excess when done.

  6. Place a cooling rack on a cookie sheet and spray with olive oil spray. Place fries on the cooling rack and spray the fries. Bake for 25-30 minutes until crisp and brown.

  7. While the fries bake, make the sauce, Heat the olive oil over a medium heat in a small skillet or saucepan. Add the garlic. Cook for one minute. Stir in tomatoes, sugar, remaining salt and red pepper flakes. Simmer until fries are done cooking, about 10-15 minutes.

  8. When the fries are done, if desired, sprinkle with extra parmesan cheese. Serve with spicy tomato sauce.

Nutrition Facts
 Baked Polenta Fries 
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 722mg31%
Potassium 305mg9%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 149IU3%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.