Sweet-and-Fiery Polenta Fries


Chili powder and cayenne pepper dusted on these easy "fries" made from purchased cooked polenta, gives this recipe a double dose of heat.

Sweet and Fiery Polenta Fries
Photo: Erik Rank
Total Time:
22 mins


  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

  • Dash cayenne pepper

  • ½ 16 ounce tube refrigerated cooked polenta (cut crosswise)

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped red sweet pepper

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley


  1. In large bowl combine sugar, salt, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper; set aside.

  2. Cut polenta lengthwise in 6 thin slices; cut each slice lengthwise in 4 strips. In medium bowl toss strips with flour to coat.

  3. In large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Shake excess flour off polenta strips; add to hot oil. Cook strips, turning occasionally, for 7 to 8 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Place fries in bowl with sugar mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with sweet pepper and basil. Serve immediately or keep warm on baking sheet in 325 degree F oven up to 20 minutes. Makes 2 to 4 servings.


To reheat any leftovers, place fries in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, in 350 degree F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

160 Calories
10g Fat
15g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 160
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 367mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 8.9mg 45%
Iron 0.2mg 1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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