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polenta fries with gluten-free breading and vegan garlic dip

Polenta Fries

These crispy polenta fries are super delicious and they are the perfect finger food. This healthy snack is gluten-free, easy to make and plant-based. Enjoy with a creamy cashew garlic dip.
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4


Polenta Fries



  • This recipe has a video for easy visual instructions (see below).
  • Pour vegetable broth into a pot, add all spices, sea salt, and pepper and bring to a boil.
  • Slowly add the cornmeal and whisk constantly to prevent lumps. Cook for about 5 minutes on low heat, then turn off the heat.
  • Pour the polenta into a baking dish, lined with parchment paper. I used a 9-inch square pan. Put the pan into the fridge for about 1 hour to set.
  • For the breading, simply put all ingredients into a small bowl and mix with a spoon.
  • Remove the cold polenta from the pan and cut it into equally sized slices. Scroll up to see the step by step pictures. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • Brush the polenta slices with a little vegetable oil and coat with the breading mixture.
  • Bake in the oven for about 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Flip after 25 minutes.
  • Enjoy with a dip of choice. Check the recipe notes for my garlic cashew dip recipe.


Cashew-Garlic Dip:
  • 2/3 cup cashews, soaked (100 g)
  • 2/3 cup plant-based milk or water (160 ml)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Juice of 1 small lime
  • 1/3 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste
To make the Cashew dip, simply process all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth and creamy.
  • Recipe serves 4. Nutrition facts are for one serving.
Nutrition Facts
Polenta Fries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 14g28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.