Grilled Homemade Gluten Free Polenta

There’s not too much to purchasing a tube of premade polenta, slicing it, and grilling it. However, making homemade polenta is almost as easy, but tastes so much better. You must try it. You can use gluten free polenta or yellow grits. See below for choice of brands. Enjoy!

Note: If you have celiac disease or high intolerance to gluten, you’ll want to use a safe brand of polenta.


Gluten Free Grilled Homemade Polenta


Yield: Serves 4 - 6

Gluten Free Grilled Homemade Polenta

An easy side for a barbecue or every day meal. The rich flavor comes is easily achieved even with dairy free buttery spreads. You'll never miss the dairy!


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup Arrowhead Mills GF Corn Grits (see tips)
  • 3 Tablespoons Earth Balance buttery spread (or butter or GF margarine)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Shredded or grated cheese of your choosing (optional)


  1. Lightly oil a 9 x 13-inch baking dish or 10-inch spring-form pan; and set aside.
  2. If you are using a different brand than suggested, make the polenta according to the instructions on the package. Otherwise, add water a medium-size saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Slowly stream in the grits while constantly stirring.
  4. Lower heat and cover, but leave cover ajar so that it doesn't boil over. Simmer for about 6 minutes.
  5. If desired, stir in some grated Parmesan or shredded cheddar cheese.
  6. Stir and pour into the prepared baking dish. Refrigerate until firm. (If not using shortly, cover with plastic wrap.)
  7. Slice the firm grits into squares or rectangles and transfer to a plate.
  8. Preheat grill to medium. Place slices of polenta on the grill and cook until grill marks form. Turn over and repeat the same on the second side.
  9. Oil each side of the polenta cakes; and lightly oil the grill just before placing them onto the grill. Grill cakes on each side for about 3 minutes or until nice grill marks form. Serve immediately.


Other brands of gluten free polenta/grits include: Bob's Red Mill GF Polenta/Grits (or Sam Hill's GF Polenta

Low-Sodium Diets: Avoid this recipe if you are on a low-sodium diet as the salt as well as the salt in the buttery spread is the main flavor in this recipe.

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