Instant Pot Polenta Breakfast Porridge

Instant Pot Polenta Breakfast Porridge is tasty, hearty, satisfying way to start your day!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Western
Keyword instant pot polenta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 191kcal
Author Bintu Hardy | Recipes From A Pantry


  • 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


Instant Pot Polenta Porridge

  • 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 Instant Pot polenta, decant into serving dishes and add top with maple syrup and nuts.


Instant Pot Polenta

Instant Pot Polenta Tips:

  • 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!

Pressure Cooker Polenta Weight Watchers Points:

There are 8 Freestyle Points in a serving of Instant Pot Polenta Breakfast Porridge.


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 222mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 4.8% | Calcium: 15.4% | Iron: 1.1%