These crispy baked polenta croutons are a delicious topping to add to your favorite soup or salad! With just a few simple ingredients, these delicious croutons can be made in minutes!

polenta croutons on a plate

I love adding croutons to my soups and salads. There’s just something about the salty crunchy that adds such a fun texture to big bowl of greens or a cozy bowl of tomato soup. When I had some leftover polenta sitting in my fridge, I decided to try turning it into croutons and I’m so happy I did.

salad with croutons

Types of Polenta

Polenta is made from cornmeal. It can be served warm, as a creamy porridge, or it can be cooked and cooled until firm. This recipe works best with cooked polenta that has been cooled, so it can be sliced. This recipe is easiest with the pre-cooked polenta that comes in a tube.

polenta in a tube

Where to Buy Polenta

While dried polenta or cornmeal is usually sold in the flour aisle, the pre-cooked polenta that comes in a tube can usually be found in the refrigerated produce section (near the tofu) or near the refrigerated fresh pasta and Italian foods. The tube looks like a short, fat tube of cookie dough. I’ve found it at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and Publix.

How to Make Polenta Croutons

sliced polenta

This recipe is quick and easy! Slice the tube of polenta into quarters, length wise. Then slice the quartered logs into 1/2″ pieces.

pieces of polenta in a bowl

Place the chopped polenta into a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.

polenta pieces in a bowl

Spread the polenta onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure the polenta is in a single layer.

polenta on a baking sheet

Bake for 35-40 minutes, turning once halfway through baking. Bake until golden brown and crispy.

polenta on a baking sheet

Add the polenta to a salad or bowl of soup. Serve immediately.

salad with polenta croutons

How to Reheat Leftover Croutons

These croutons are best served immediately. But if you have leftovers, you can reheat them in the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the croutons on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 4-5 minutes until crispy. Alternatively you can reheat them in an air fryer at 390 degrees for 2-3 minutes. Store leftover croutons in the fridge.

How to Use Polenta Croutons

These are great as a salad topping! Try them on this vegan caesar salad or on top of this chopped vegetable salad. They’re also delicious on top of a bowl of soup. Try them on top of this creamy tomato soup!

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polenta croutons

Polenta Croutons

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Salad Topping
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These crispy baked polenta croutons are a delicious topping to add to your favorite soup or salad! With just a few simple ingredients, these delicious croutons can be made in minutes!


Ingredients

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  • 1 (18oz) tube polenta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Slice the tube of polenta into quarters, length-wise. Then slice the quartered logs into 1/2″ pieces.
  4. Place the chopped polenta into a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.

  5. Spread the polenta onto the baking sheet. Be sure the polenta is in a single layer.

  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, turning once halfway through baking. Bake until golden brown and crispy.


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Looking for other tasty salad toppings? These whole wheat croutons are another tasty way to add crunchy to your salad!

croutons in a bowl

What’s your favorite salad topping?