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Polenta Instant Pot Recipe {Vegan}

by Sophie

Easy and creamy polenta instant pot recipe with mushrooms. This is the quickest polenta made in the pressure cooker and absolutely no stirring required. Presenting my polenta instant pot style. 

Instant pot polenta instant pot style

I was introduced to polenta a few years ago in Las Vegas. It was a huge Vegas-style buffet where small plates of polenta with shrimp and polenta with vegetables were in display. I picked the second one out of curiosity as it looked a lot like upma to me.

Polenta recipe with mushrooms

To my surprise, the dish was made with corn grits and tasted absolutely delicious. In fact, the warm creamy bowl of polenta was smooth and luscious on the palate. A few days later, I ventured into a supermarket to find a bag of corn grits. The obvious reason: I wanted to make some polenta at home. Things turned out a lot easier than I imagined when I made polenta in the instant pot

If you have an instant pot, this is one of the easiest meals that you can make. I own this Instant Pot 7-in-one Duo and cook most of my meals in it.

Easy, creamy polenta

A bowl of creamy polenta is definitely a dream come true. Top it with tomatoes, roasted or sautéed, and it’s the simplest meal at it’s best. If you own an electric pressure cooker, this is one of the easiest meals that you can make.

Polenta with mushrooms

Polenta instant pot recipe is easy and comforting. Plus, I make this in pot-in-pot style, so there is no instant pot polenta burn. My favorite way to enjoy polenta is with perfectly sauteed mushrooms and some garlicky truffle oil. But feel free to top it with some sautéed greens, or spicy roasted vegetables. In fact, the add-on options are endless.

Polenta instant pot recipe

Unlike the stovetop version, there is literally no stirring required in my instant pot version. Just add the ingredients, pressure cook, mix well, and serve. With my polenta instant pot version, you don’t have to worry about stirring or burn notice.

This pot-in-pot style in an instant pot pressure cooker = perfect polenta!

Topping Choices For Polenta Instant Pot Recipe:

Peeling and cleaning mushrooms
  • Simplest version: polenta with salt and pepper, a pat of butter, and some Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.  
  • Pesto Polenta: of course, this one is with a swirl of pesto and you can top with some roasted pine nuts
  • Polenta w/ Mushrooms: creamy polenta topped with perfectly sautéed mushrooms and some truffle oil 
  • Spinach Polenta: make your polenta instant pot version more interesting with perfectly sauteed garlicky dark leafy greens 

Polenta Instant Pot Recipe:

How to make polenta in the instant pot

Ingredients:

1 cup polenta, 4 cups water, 1/2 tsp sea salt, Few pods of roasted garlic in oil

Polenta - cornmeal for cooking

Toppings:

sliced mushrooms for saute

2 cups of sliced mushrooms, 3-4 pods of garlic, Olive oil to sauté, Truffle oil to garnish

Instructions:

Sauteeing garlic
  • Heat some olive oil in a sauté pan and roast garlic until lightly golden brown. Set aside.
  • In the same pan, add sliced mushrooms and sauté till golden brown. Season with salt and pepper. If adding greens, sauté them with mushrooms or separately in garlic oil. 
  • Take an instant pot inner pot, add polenta, water, and salt. Stir well. 
  • Lock the lid in place, seal the valve, and select the “porridge” setting in the instant pot. Upon selecting this setting, your instant pot will pressure cook the polenta for 20-minutes.
  • After the pressure cooking time, allow natural pressure release.
  • DO NOT quick release the pressure. 
  • After the NPR, open the lid and stir the polenta well with a wooden spoon. It’s okay to see some water floating on your polenta. After a quick stir, the polenta will be soft and creamy, and gradually, polenta soaks the water. 
  • Add your favorite mix-ins or top the polenta with sautéed mushrooms, spinach, and roasted garlic. Season with pepper, and truffle oil and serve warm.
Vegan creamy instant pot polenta

NOTE:

  • Add a spicy Indian style tadka for an ethnic taste.
  • Splutter cumin seeds in oil, add some curry leaves, grated ginger, and cracked pepper.
  • Serve with fresh lime juice and cilantro.
Polenta instant pot with truffle oil

Polenta Instant Pot Recipe

Easy and creamy instant pot polenta with mushrooms. This is the quickest polenta made in the pressure cooker and absolutely no stirring required. Presenting my polenta instant pot style. 
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Instant pot polenta, makkai khichidi, polenta instant pot, polenta with mushrooms, spicy polenta
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Sophie
Cost: $6

Equipment

  • Instant pot

Ingredients

  • 1 cup polenta
  • 4 cups water (or
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Few pods of roasted garlic in oil
  • Toppings:
  • 2 cups of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 3-4 pods of garlic
  • Olive oil to sauté
  • Truffle oil to finish

Instructions

  • Heat some olive oil in a sauté pan and roast garlic until lightly golden brown. Set aside.
  • In the same pan, add sliced mushrooms and sauté till golden brown. Season with salt and pepper. If adding greens, sauté them with mushrooms or separately in garlic oil.
  • Take an instant pot inner pot(pot in pot), add polenta, water, and salt. Stir well.
  • Lock the lid in place, seal the valve, and select the “porridge” setting in the instant pot. Upon selecting this setting, your instant pot will pressure cook the polenta for 20-minutes.
  • After the pressure cooking time, allow natural
  • Pressure release. DO NOT quick release the pressure.
  • After the NPR, open the lid and stir the polenta well with a wooden spoon. It’s okay to see some water floating on your polenta. After a quick stir, the polenta will be soft and creamy and gradually, polenta soaps the water.
  • Add your favorite mix-in’s or top the polenta with sautéed mushrooms, spinach and roasted garlic. Season with pepper, and truffle oil and serve warm.
    Easy instant pot polenta
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Notes

  • I always prefer to make polenta in the pot-in-pot method.
  • Polenta May stick to the bottom of the instant pot inner pot and you may get a burn notice if you are not using pot-in-pot method.
  • That often happens if something is stuck to the pan. If you happen to sauté the garlic in the instant pot before adding polenta and water, it may stick. In that case, always de-glaze the pot before adding the corn meal and water.
  • Add a spicy Indian style tadka for an ethnic taste.
  • Splutter cumin seeds in oil, add some curry leaves, grated ginger, and cracked pepper.
  • Serve with fresh lime juice and cilantro.
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Nutrition

Serving: 230g | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 36mg
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11 comments

Gloria May 18, 2020 - 8:11 am

5 stars
I love polenta. I do not have an instant pot, but do have a pressure cooker. I will give it a try and see how it turns out.

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Nicoletta De Angelis Nardelli May 20, 2020 - 10:02 am

Polenta and mushrooms are such a delectable combination! Love how creamy it is, and it is also super easy and fast! Wonderful meal!

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Elaine May 22, 2020 - 7:03 am

5 stars
Truly creamy and absolutely delicious. It is amazing what you can do with an Instant Pot, right? I don’t think I’ve tried polenta in Instant Pot yet, so a great recipe to play with over the long weekend!

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Paige May 22, 2020 - 7:14 pm

5 stars
This was outstanding! I’m new to IP and we all loved this recipe!

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Sharon May 23, 2020 - 8:22 am

5 stars
This is the best way to make polenta. It’s so easy and a great swap out for mashed potatoes.

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Jen May 24, 2020 - 12:18 pm

5 stars
Creamy and delicious! Can’t believe how well it turned out. I will definitely make again, trying with pesto next time.

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Marwin Brown May 24, 2020 - 6:49 pm

This looks so tasty, mushrooms are one of my favorites and this recipe makes great use of them!

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Charity May 24, 2020 - 8:54 pm

My polenta never turns out creamy like yours. Going to try your version. It looks so delicious, Fingers crossed!

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Sara May 24, 2020 - 11:47 pm

5 stars
Yes! I recently worked at a restaurant that served truffled mushroom polenta for brunch, and it was a hit every single weekend. I’ve always been nervous to recreate it at home, but this recipe totally gives me faith. Can’t wait to try!

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Alena May 25, 2020 - 6:52 am

5 stars
I’ve been looking more more great Instant Pot AND polenta recipes so I’m so excited I found this one! Oooh and adding the mushrooms is definitely a hit for me!

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Jo May 25, 2020 - 9:41 am

5 stars
Polenta looks so perfectly cooked. Creamy, and delicious! My best choice for comfort food!

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