Baked Parmesan Polenta Fries


In Naples triangles of fried polenta are called scagnuozzi (I hope I haven’t misspelled it – although I was born in Naples, I do not know the dialect very well!).

These scagnuozzi (meaning “henchmen”) are yummy treats that every pizzeria sells as a street food fix or appetizer/entree for the Neapolitan pizza.

parmesanpolentafries-0384 parmesanpolentafries-0393 That said, these are not the Neapolitan scagnuozzi but my healthified version of them. I oven baked polenta to save lots of frying oil and – above all – many many KCals.

Since baked polenta is not as moist as fried polenta I found it NECESSARY to dip it in a sauce. You say polenta fries, I say ketchup marinara sauce, another neapolitan recipe made with tomatoes, garlic and oregano.

Most probably Neapolitans would’t approve the idea of baking polenta instead of frying it but I do not intend to let them know. Shh, let’s keep it secret :).

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Baked Parmesan Polenta Fries


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk (I used organic soy milk)
  • 11/2 cups polenta or yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil (plus more the grease the baking sheet)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Boil water in a large saucepan. Gradually add polenta, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add the milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils, around 10 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat off, stir in Parmesan and season with oil, salt and pepper. Spread polenta evenly onto a 8½×12-inch baking sheet. Press plastic wrap onto surface; chill in the fridge at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°.
  4. Uncover polenta and cut into 4×¼-inch strips. Sprinkle some parmesan and separate fries. Arrange on a greased baking sheet (I used oil).
  5. Bake fries around 25–30 minutes. Let them cool for at least 15 minutes before serving them along with your favorite dip.

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  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen January 15, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Baking polenta (and saving the calories) sounds like a fabulous idea. Your recipe secret is safe with me! 🙂 Looks delish!

  • Reply Peter @Feed Your Soul Too January 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I love this idea. This is going to the top of the list of gotta try recipes. Beautiful pic too.

  • Reply Shikha @ Shikha la mode January 15, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    These. are. AMAZING. I actually have a bag of polenta that I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with and you NAILED IT!

  • Reply Yead January 15, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    These looking so awesome.I like this idea.The polenta Fries as to be delicious.

  • Reply Andrea January 16, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    There is milk in the recipe but it is not used in the instructions. What is the milk for?

    • Reply Daniela @FoodRecipesHQ January 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      I missed a line in the recipe. Now updated! I used milk to add more flavor and density. You can just use more water, if like so.

  • Reply Layla @ Brunch Time Baker January 17, 2014 at 11:23 am

    These fries look amazing Daniella! I love the idea, I actually never made Polenta fries before so this is going to be a new one for me

  • Reply Sarah & Arkadi January 18, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Polenta fries?! such a fantastic idea!

  • Reply Balvinder January 19, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Not only they do look delicious, they are gluten free as well. I love polenta and use quite often in my routine cooking. I bet parmesan added a great flavor.

  • Reply Natashalh January 20, 2014 at 1:24 am

    These look great! Oddly enough, my man is really into baking things instead of frying them. We’ll need to try these out!

  • Reply Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl January 20, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Oh goodness, these look incredible. I want a big plate of them, please!

  • Reply Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling January 25, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Wow, Daniela! These look amazingly delicious!! I have never tried polenta but have always wanted to….this looks like the PERFECT recipe to start with!!

  • Reply Aurica February 14, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    they’re so goldie, crunchy and fresh in the same time, yummmmy 😀

  • Reply Adri May 17, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Well now, this sounds like my kind of fries! I have to try your recipe. Thanks!

  • Reply Karen August 10, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Looks great! How many servings is this?

  • Reply Rebecca October 7, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe- just cooked it to go with pumpkin and sweet corn soup- (used a silicon baking sheet which worked well). These were really tasty and everyone seemed to like them so will definitely cook it again.

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