Speedy Polenta

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Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

6-7 mins

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Sometimes you’re in the mood for something that’s lighter than pasta and creamier than rice. Polenta (coarsely ground cornmeal) is the Goldilocks of grains for that craving. Cooking in the microwave makes this difficult-on-the-stove dish easily achievable on a weeknight. Simmered simply in water and milk, it’s the perfect canvas for hearty bolognese, braised stew, or tomato sauce.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

Microwave oven by power - 700w


  • ½ cup (75g) polenta, yellow or white corn
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk, heavy cream, or sour cream
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Add the polenta and water in a Anyday Deep Dish and stir to combine.
  2. Cook uncovered in the microwave for 6-7 minutes, or until the water has been fully absorbed and the polenta has a creamy texture but is slightly runny.
  3. Once cooked, add the milk, salt, and butter and stir again until creamy. The longer polenta sits, the thicker it gets. Add more milk or cream as needed.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Adjust the power level by 1 as needed — increase if it’s taking longer than expected, or decrease if it’s bubbling over.
  • For extra creaminess, stir in a spoonful of sour cream or creme fraiche at the end.

Recipe notes

  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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