Folks, as you probably know by now, I am a huuuuuge fan of the Instant Pot. It makes so many different meals turn out perfectly without a whole lot of effort. Which is exactly what I need, especially on hectic weekday mornings.
The Instant Pot is the perfect solution for whipping up a warm, comforting polenta porridge that turns out rich and luxuriously creamy every time. This recipe is that good.
My family loooooves polenta, and I love polenta. But quite frankly I sometimes find it a bit of a hassle to make on the stovetop. Being stuck there standing and stirring the whole time, keeping a watchful eye on the clock for 40 minutes. I don’t always have the time. Especially in the morning when we are frantically rushing around looking for the extra shoe before we rush out the door.
Luckily, making your polenta in the Instant Pot means it does all the work for you. Just add the ingredients to the pot (or in the case of this recipe, a separate oven-safe dish, more on that below). Then give it a quick stir, set it and forget it until it’s done and ready to serve. Yeap, it really is that easy. #winningatthis.
I feel so accomplished on those mornings when I serve up with a tasty, hearty and satisfying breakfast that will keep my family energized till lunch. The Instant Pot makes it entirely possible to start the day with a meal that’s not only good for you and tastes great, but comes together in just minutes. This is one amaaaaazing recipe that I will be making all winter long.
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KITCHEN TOOLS, UTENSILS & APPLIANCES NEEDED
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Here are some of the items you will need to make this recipe.
- 8 qt Instant Pot
- 3 qt Instant Pot or 6 qt Instant Pot depending on family size.
- These sturdy pyrex bowls are perfect.
- You need this trusty trivet.
- These measuring jugs or cups are very perfect for what you need.
- Use these lovely measuring teaspoons to measure out your
- This is the best ever aromatic vanilla extract.
- Bowls with covers.
- Store leftover food in these.
So, are you ready to learn how to make Instant Pot Polenta Breakfast Porridge? Gather up your ingredients and I will show you….
How To Make Instant Pot Polenta Breakfast Porridge Using the Pot-in-Pot (PIP) Method
- Coat your oven-safe pyrex dish with cooking spray or olive oil to reduce sticking of the polenta.
- Add the polenta, 2 cups of milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract to the bowl and mix well.
- Add 1 cup of water to Instant Pot insert, then place the trivet in the bottom and set the bowl of polenta on top of the trivet.
- Cover the Instant Pot and set the valve to seal, select the manual/pressure cook function at high pressure, and set the timer for 9 mins.
- Switch off the Instant Pot to avoid further cooking. Allow for a 3 min NPR (natural pressure release) before performing manually releasing any remaining pressure.
- Open lid and whisk the polenta until ingredients are fully blended and the mixture us nice and creamy. Next, stir in the rest of the milk.
- Carefully remove bowl of polenta, decant into serving dishes and add top with maple syrup and nuts.
This Instant Pot Polenta Breakfast Porridge is best served warm!
Tips for Making Instant Pot Polenta Porridge
- Use the pot-in-pot cooking method to avoid getting a burn message (see more information about PIP below). As a bonus, the PIP method makes cleaning up a breeze!
- This recipe calls for regular polenta, NOT the quick-cooking variety.
- Do not let the polenta stand after cooking or it will solidify. As soon as the manual pressure release is finished, give it a mix and decant into serving bowls while still warm.
- You can vary the flavouring to suit your taste. For example, swap the maples syrup for honey.
- Top Instant Pot polenta porridge with yoghurt, fruit preserves, fresh berries or a handful of granola. Yum!
What is the Pot-in-Pot Cooking Method?
Pot-in-Pot simply means cooking food in a separate dish (or pot) that sits on a raised trivet inside the Instant Pot inner pot. The steam created from the water below the trivet in the inner pot is used to build pressure and cook the food inside the dish.
You can use oven-safe container made from stainless steel, glass, ceramic or porcelain, and a lid is not required. Do make sure the sides of the container are not touching the inner pot, and that there is plenty of room for the Instant Pot lid to close and lock.
How to Cook with the Pot-in-Pot Method
Peeps, it is suuuuuper important to make sure you add water to the inner pot. I recommend doing this as the very first step so you don’t forget about it later.
Once you’ve added the water place the trivet inside the inner pot. Next, add your ingredients to the oven-safe dish and use the trivet to carefully lower the dish onto the trivet.
When the time comes, take off the lid and use the trivet to remove the oven-safe dish from the Instant Pot.
Chef’s Tip: use oven mitts to remove the trivet, since the cooking process can make it hot and slippery.
What is Polenta?
The name sounds fairly exotic, but polenta is quite simply a dish made of boiled cornmeal. The word polenta is derived from the Latin term pollen that roughly translates to mean ‘fine flour’.
Polenta is commonly served as a hot porridge (like in this recipe). It may also be cooled and solidified into a loaf or individual pieces that can then be baked, fried, or grilled.
What is Instant Polenta?
Instant polenta, or quick-cooking polenta, is an extremely fine grind of cornmeal. The small size of the grains allows the polenta to reach a fully cooked stage faster than the more traditional larger grind variety
There are also versions of instant polenta made by pre-cooking regular polenta, drying it and then processing it into flour. This flour can then be quickly reconstituted in just a few minutes by adding hot water.
Can You Make Instant Pot Polenta Vegan?
Yeap! Polenta is frequently used in vegan cooking. And this version is a vegan version of this Instant Pot Polenta Breakfast Porridge since it used nut milk or soy milk. You can also add some vegan butter for extra flavour. If not vegan you can use regular milk.
Savoury Pressure Cooker Polenta
To make a savoury version of this pressure cooker polenta, use broth instead of water and stir in some Parmesan cheese after cook time is complete.
Some of my very favourite toppings and mix-in combinations are:
- Pesto + sautéed mushrooms + sliced tomato
- Sundried tomato paste + olives + feta cheese
- Drizzle of olive oil + roasted veggies + toasted pine nuts
Instant Pot Polenta With Shrimp
Instant Pot Polenta with Shrimp is a delicious supper that comes together easily. Simply prepare the savoury polenta as described above and top with cooked shrimp. My family loves when I make it using this delectable Quick Garlic Butter Shrimp recipe. Soooooo good!
You can easily turn this recipe into tasty polenta cakes for a delicious breakfast on the go, or to serve up as a sweet afternoon snack. Simply follow this recipe and instead of serving up the porridge, pour it into a baking dish or onto a baking mat and allow the polenta to cool and solidify.
Then just cut the polenta into squares or use a baking ring to create round cakes. Before serving, fry the cakes in the Instant Pot using the sauté mode, or in a frying pan or grill pan on the stovetop. Delicious!
Polenta cakes are a great meal prep solution since you can make the polenta ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for a couple of days before frying. Put them in an airtight storage container with sheets of parchment or wax paper in between layers of cakes to prevent them from sticking together.
More Instant Pot Breakfast Recipes:
Weight Watchers Points in Instant Pot Polenta Breakfast Porridge
There are 8 Freestyle Points in a serving of Instant Pot Polenta Breakfast Porridge.
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Instant Pot Polenta Breakfast Porridge
- ½ cup polenta not the quick-cook variety
- 2 cups (500ml) almond milk + 3 tbsp for mixing in after cooking is complete
- 3 tbsp maple syrup + extra for topping
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup (250ml) water for the Instant Pot
- 1. Coat your oven-safe dish with cooking spray or olive oil to reduce sticking of the polenta.
- 2. Add the polenta, 2 cups of almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract to the bowl and mix well.
- 3. Add 1 cup of water to Instant Pot insert, then place the trivet in the bottom and set the bowl of polenta on top of the trivet.
- 4. Cover the pot and set the valve to seal, select the manual/pressure cook function at high pressure, and set the timer for 9 mins.
- 5. Switch off the Instant Pot to avoid further cooking. Allow for a 3 min NPR (natural pressure release) before performing manually releasing any remaining pressure.
- 6. Open lid and whisk the polenta until ingredients are fully blended and the mixture us nice and creamy. Next, stir in the rest of the milk.
- 7. Carefully remove bowl of polenta, decant into serving dishes and add top with maple syrup and nuts.
- Use the pot-in-pot (PIP) cooking method to avoid getting a burn message. As a bonus, the PIP method makes cleaning up a breeze!
- This recipe calls for regular polenta, NOT the quick-cooking variety.
- Do not let the polenta stand after cooking or it will solidify. As soon as the natural pressure release is finished, give it a mix and decant into serving bowls while still warm.
- You can vary the flavouring to suit your taste. For example, you can swap in honey for the maple syrup.
- Try topping your Instant Pot polenta porridge with yoghurt, fruit preserves, fresh berries or a handful of granola. Yum!