If you are looking for a side dish with a difference, that takes minimal effort, then Baked Polenta Chips are for you. You just put them in the oven and wait for them to get all crispy and golden brown on the outside and creamy and delicious in the middle. A great alternative to potato chips and lot of different options for seasoning too.
These Polenta Chips (or Polenta Fries if you like) can be eaten as a side dish, appetiser or just eaten as a snack. We would happily eat chips every day of the week, and sometimes do. But when they start to get a bit boring, we change things up a bit and use something other than white potato to make them. Polenta makes incredible chips.
Why you will love them
- A delicious alternative to potato chips - If you are looking for something a bit different, then this polenta chips recipe is it.
- Perfect texture - Crispy on the outside and fluffy in the centre.
- Versatile - Lots of seasoning options, so you never have to have them the same way twice.
- Low in calories - Just 108 calories a serving
- Polenta - We used a pre-cooked block of polenta to make these, as it saves so much time. However, you could make it yourself from scratch by boiling and simmering polenta in stock and them pouring it into a lined baking tray and cooling and then putting in the fridge to chill overnight. You can then cut it like you would a pre-cooked block.
- Olive oil - You can swap this for sunflower or vegetable oil.
- Garlic granules - Garlic is a simple flavour to add, but you can add any flavours you like. Add a Cajun or Mexican seasoning or even some curry powder for an Indian twist.
- Salt and pepper - These polenta fries need to be well seasoned.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to Make Baked Polenta Fries - Step by step
Prep: Preheat your oven to 200°C/180°C(fan)/400°F/Gas 6.
One: Cut the polenta into fries and put on a baking tray.
Two: Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and salt and pepper. Put into the oven for 45-50 minutes, or until crispy.
Three: Serve with dips.
What is polenta?
Polenta is a fairly new ingredient to our house, but where has it been all our lives? It's amazing! Polenta is boiled cornmeal and then it can be set in blocks (which you can buy in supermarkets where the pasta is) and then cut that into chips.
It's a Northern Italian store cupboard staple that is made by grinding corn into flour. It has a rich yellow colour, and has a slightly sweet flavour.
Although you can eat it thick and creamy like a porridge, if you allow it to set then you can cut it up and fry or bake it. You serve it instead of potatoes, pasta or rice or use it in place of breadcrumbs to coat chicken or fish when frying - it has a really nice texture.
We buy the blocks ready made to make our chips, but you can cook the cornmeal up yourself to save money.
We try to make our recipes as adaptable as possible, and that usually comes down to the seasonings. We just added some garlic to this polenta chips recipe, to keep it simple, but there is so much more that you can do with them. Herbs are always a good addition and some dried oregano and thyme work well.
If you like your fries cheesy, and who doesn't, then about 10 minutes before the polenta chips are cooked, sprinkle some finely grated Parmesan on them and put them back in the oven. Cheesy chip perfection!
Chips need dip. It's some kind of law or something. We have got you covered with a wide selection of dips that would go perfectly with these. Why not try our Healthier Homemade Ketchup or Healthy BBQ Sauce if you want to keep it traditional. Want something a bit creamier? Try dipping these into our Homemade Healthy Ranch or Southwest Sauce.
We also think they make an amazing side dish to our Air Fryer Steak.
You can chop the polenta into chips and add the oil and seasoning and then put on a tray and cover. They can stay like this for a few hours until you are ready to put them in the oven to cook them.
We used a pre-cooked block of polenta to make these, as it saves so much time. However, you could make it yourself from scratch by boiling and simmering polenta in stock and them pouring it into a lined baking tray and cooling and then putting in the fridge to chill overnight. You can then cut it like you would a pre-cooked block.
Yes, these get lovely and crispy in the air fryer and will take just 10-15 minutes.
We would recommend eating these straight away, as they can become rubbery when left and they don't reheat very well. So try to only make as many as you need.
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Baked Polenta Chips
- 500 g (10 oz) Polenta
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
- 1 pinch Sea salt
- 1 pinch Black pepper
- Preheat your oven to 200°C/180°C(fan)/400°F/Gas 6.
- Cut 500 g Polenta into fries and put on a baking tray.
- Drizzle with 1 tablespoon Olive oil and sprinkle over 1 teaspoon Garlic powder and 1 pinch Sea salt.
- Put into the oven for 45-50 minutes, or until crispy.
- Keep the seasonings simple, or get really creative. Cayenne or fajita seasoning adds some spice or some oregano and thyme add some Italian flavour. Try our French Fry Seasoning or Peri Peri seasoning too.
- Make these cheesy by adding a sprinkle or parmesan 10 minutes before they are finished.
- If you are making your own polenta, you can add some cheese in to it.
- Serve with our healthy ketchup and BBQ sauce or our healthy ranch dressing.
- If using store bought polenta, then pat it dry before slicing it up.
- Make sure that all the chips are cut to the same size, so they cook evenly.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.