Polenta with Kimchi

This Korean-inspired polenta dish is fantastic with spicy kimchi. Creamy polenta is the perfect base for the bright and spicy flavors of kimchi.

Polenta with Kimchi
Photo: © Todd Porter & Diane Cu
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 4 cups water

  • 1 cup polenta

  • Pinch of kosher or sea salt

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 8 ounces kimchi


  1. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. While whisking, gradually pour the polenta into the water. Reduce the heat to low and continue whisking for an additional minute.

  2. Continue cooking for about 30 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pot. Remove the polenta from the heat when it is tender and creamy and has reached your desired thickness.

  3. Stir the salt and butter into the polenta until the butter is melted. Serve topped with kimchi.

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