Stop wasting your time stirring that polenta and use this Easy Instant Pot Polenta recipe. Try this one-step pressure cooker polenta for a creamy, delicious side dish!
Instant Pot Polenta
What is Polenta?
If you’re not familiar with polenta, it’s a dish made from boiling cornmeal. It’s a simple, savory dish that makes a great side dish or snack. It has a texture and consistency that is similar to grits, but it is a little chewier.
Traditional Polenta requires some serious stirring which I am a) too lazy to do and b) I often can’t do when I’m flared with my Rheumatoid Arthritis. Enter the Instant Pot, which enables babysitting-free cooking for many things. My first attempt didn’t have enough water in it, and burned badly. Thank goodness for stainless steel inserts that you can scrub, although I would have loved a ceramic insert for this recipe. The second time around, I increased the amount of water, and it worked well.
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Another fantastic side dish is my Keto Cauliflower and Cheese. It’s creamy, delicious and easy to make in your instant pot!
So whether you’re looking for an easy, no fuss polenta recipe or you’re trying polenta for the first time, you’re sure to love this recipe. It’s a simple, straight forward recipe with only a few ingredients and it takes very little effort on your part thanks to your instant pot or pressure cooker. So whether you’re looking for a side dish, snack or maybe even a full on entree, give this polenta recipe a try!
The steps for this recipe are:
- Put in polenta, water, and salt into Instant Pot
- As soon as it starts to boil, shut the lid and cook it at HP for 8 mins, with natural pressure release
- Whisk in butter, cheese, and half and half
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- Turn Instant Pot on sauté and add the chicken broth and polenta and whisk together
- As soon as it starts to boil, place and seal the lid, and set your Instant Pot on high pressure for 7 minutes and allow it to release pressure naturally when done.
- When you open the lid there will be some excess water in it. Using your whisk, blend in the butter, cheese, and half and half. The polenta will thicken as you whisk it all together. Allow it to rest for a little longer.
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