Almost No-Stir Polenta or Grits

Kate Itrich-Williams
Kate Itrich-Williams
December 8, 2021
Polenta and grits have become a much greater part of my diet once I discovered how easy it is to make (almost) no-stir versions in the Anova Precision Oven. Simply combine the polenta or grits with water, salt, and butter (or olive oil) and cook at full steam until tender. No more standing by the stove stirring and no more guesswork about the right amount of liquid. And yes, this works with both traditional grits and polenta — adjust the flavorings to suit the particular variety of cornmeal you’ve got. For coarse stone-ground polenta (my preference), plan on 45 minutes in the oven. For medium-ground polenta, you will likely only need 30 minutes. If you’re using a different grain size than is listed below, just give it a taste after 30 minutes and see how it’s doing. I’ve finished this dish with Parmesan, parsley, and olive oil, but feel free to stir in more butter or a different type of cheese — or go completely vegan! The basic method remains the same no matter your mix-ins.
Prep Time
Cook Time
Almost No-Stir Polenta or Grits
4.75 (4)
3 cups
water, plus more for finishing, if desired
1 cup
coarse-ground polenta or grits
2 Tbsp
unsalted butter
1 tsp
kosher salt, plus more to taste
½ cup
freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
Freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
High-quality extra-virgin olive oil, for garnish

1. Preheat the Oven

Sous Vide Mode: On
Steam: 100%
Temp: 212°F
Heat: Rear

2. Combine the Ingredients

While the oven is heating, combine the water, polenta, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan or heatproof bowl.
Combine the Ingredients

3. Cook

Place in the oven and cook until the polenta is tender, 45 minutes.
Sous Vide Mode: On
Steam: 100%
Temp: 212°F
Heat: Rear
00:45 Timer

4. Stir in Cheese and Season

Remove the saucepan from the oven and whisk in the cheese. Stir in additional water a few tablespoons at a time, if desired, for a more pourable, thinner texture. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Stir in Cheese and Season

5. Garnish and Serve

Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with additional cheese, parsley, and olive oil. Serve immediately.
Garnish and Serve
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