Creamy Grilled Corn Polenta

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 10 min


3 ears corn, husked

Olive oil, for brushing (about 1 tablespoon)

5 cups water

1 tablespoon salt, plus more for seasoning

1 1/2 cups instant polenta

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup freshly grated sharp Cheddar

1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper, plus more for seasoning


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Brush corn with oil. Grill corn until charred in spots and tender, about 5 minutes on each side.
  3. Remove from the grill and set aside to cool.
  4. Place a saucepan with 5 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of salt onto a medium heat, bring the water to boil, and slowly stir in the polenta. Reduce the heat and continue to stir for about 5 minutes until thickened and creamy. Add the butter and blend into the mixture.
  5. Stir in the cheese. Keep warm.
  6. Cut the corn off of the cob and stir it into the cooked polenta. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve warm.
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1 Review

michelle f.

Why do so many chefs use polenta insteat of grits. Seems grits are frowned upon. Polenta is just a courser corn product.

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