Pressure Cooker Creamy Polenta Recipe

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Pressure Cooker Creamy Polenta is the easiest way to make creamy polenta without standing and stirring for a long time. This recipe is naturally gluten-free.

Pressure Cooker Creamy Polenta Recipe From Val's Kitchen

I grew up eating grits. Sometimes my Mom would make them on the stove but there were also many times we’d make packets of instant grits. Up here in New Jersey you don’t run into grits all that often. I remember encountering people that didn’t know what grits were when I was younger. The movie My Cousin Vinny introduced grits to a lot of people. I laugh at this movie even today, particularly the part about the grits.

Grits are a popular Southern dish typically made from a ground white corn called hominy. The Italian dish called polenta is similar to grits. Polenta is made with a ground yellow corn and has a slightly different texture than grits.

I don’t recall trying polenta as a child. In fact, I believe the first timer I tried polenta was just a couple of years ago, while traveling. I enjoyed the dish so much that when I returned home I decided to look for it in my grocery store. When I looked for it in the store, all I could find were some preformed rolls. I made them and was bummed to find those slices tasted nothing like what I remembered.

The polenta I had so enjoyed had a texture that was a bit more like that of grits. I did some research and learned that besides the preformed polenta rolls, there’s also a type you that can cook on the stove. I found that type in the grocery store and chuckled when I saw the package mentioned grits. This type of polenta requires time cooking on the stove and lots of stirring. If you’ve seen my pressure cooker risotto recipes you know how much I value a recipe that doesn’t leave me standing over the stove stirring for long periods of time. And so I set out to find a way to make this creamy, rich comfort food in an electric pressure cooker. It didn’t take long to get the results I wanted, which I’m going to share with you now. Here’s how I make Pressure Cooker Creamy Polenta.

Pressure Cooker Creamy Polenta

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

  • 1 cup polenta (Do not use instant polenta or preformed rolls of polenta.)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • grated parmesan cheese (to taste, optional)
  • pepper (to taste, optional)

Pressure Cooker Creamy Polenta Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

Plug the electric pressure cooker in.

Add the chicken broth and polenta to the pot.

Stir well.

Place the lid onto the pressure cooker and close to seal.

Cook for 20 minutes on manual high pressure.

Once the cooking time has finished, let the pressure naturally release.

Once all of the pressure has released, remove the lid and stir well.

Add in the cream and butter and stir well.

Top with a little pepper, and grated cheese if you like.

Serve and enjoy!

Pressure Cooker Creamy Polenta Recipe From Val's Kitchen

 

Pressure Cooker Creamy Polenta

Pressure Cooker Creamy Polenta Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

  1. Plug the electric pressure cooker in. Add the chicken broth and polenta to the pot. Stir well. Place the lid onto the pressure cooker and close to seal. Cook for 20 minutes on manual high pressure. Once the cooking time has finished, let the pressure naturally release. Once all of the pressure has released, remove the lid and stir well. Add in the cream and butter and stir well. Top with a little pepper, and grated cheese if you like. Serve and enjoy!

 

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14 comments

Cinny June 27, 2019 - 12:27 am

Mmm, that looks good for a cold day. I love how simple it is too.

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Frederique June 27, 2019 - 3:06 am

I absolutely love polenta. It makes me think of my childhood as my grandma used to make it for me. Sometimes the way you make it and sometimes she would fry it and serve it with tomato sauce which is also really good.

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Stacie June 27, 2019 - 6:59 am

Polenta is one of my favorite dishes. I love the idea of making it in the pressure cooker. That cuts way down on time.

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Dana June 27, 2019 - 7:06 am

I love to have polenta on its own or paired with other dishes. It’s so good! I have to give this particular recipe a try. I use my pressure cooker all the time, and I’m always looking for new things to make in it.

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Emman Damian June 27, 2019 - 8:36 am

Pressure Cooker Creamy Polenta seems very easy to do! I really need to buy a pressure cooker so I can do this recipe. I’ll bookmark this so I can use it as reference in the future.

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Ntensibe Edgar Michael June 27, 2019 - 8:48 am

Yum Yum…the polenta here looks good to go! Is it safe to pack it for lunch away from home?

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Kristine Nicole Alessandra June 27, 2019 - 9:56 am

I don’t like standing over the stove for a long time too. Recipes that make me do that do not appeal to me at all. I like your version of making polenta using a pressure cooker. I will try this recipe this weekend.

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Erin Knight June 27, 2019 - 10:08 am

I enjoyed eating grits too when I was a child. I have no idea it can be done in the pressure cooker. Thanks for sharing your tips and recipe!

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Tiffany La Forge-Grau June 27, 2019 - 12:27 pm

I’ve never had polenta before and I’m not sure why! I would love to try it and your recipe looks perfect!

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Rosey June 27, 2019 - 5:44 pm

I do love grits. I haven’t had them for months though. There are just 2 of us in the house, so I haven’t made a big breakfast with the whole 9 yards for a long time. I’d like to try polenta. I bet my son would like those too….putting it on my to do list. 🙂

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Lyanna Soria June 28, 2019 - 1:19 am

I dunno why but I wanna try dipping garlic bread in that creamy polenta. That looks delish <3

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Heather June 28, 2019 - 7:39 am

This looks like a great recipe! I would love to try this in my presser cooker.

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Fatima Torres June 30, 2019 - 7:28 pm

I love creamy dishes. This one looks delicious. Worth giving it a try.

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Rubi Kaur March 30, 2020 - 12:38 am

A crock pot white chicken chili? That sounds great, I’ll be looking forward to that recipe! The chicken hoisin rice bowls also sound amazing. I love getting recipe ideas from you!!

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