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Seasoned Air Fryer Polenta Fries

Points® value
Total Time
25 min
5 min
20 min
When you look at a tube of precooked polenta, you might not think French fries. That’s about to change. Turns out, this cornmeal-based staple product cuts into perfect crinkle shapes and crisps right up in an air fryer while maintaining a slightly creamy interior. Plus the polenta is study enough to withstand piling in an air-fryer basket, so you can cook all four servings at once.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Ready-to-eat polenta (in tube)

18 oz

Garlic powder

½ tsp(s)

Smoked paprika

½ tsp(s)

Chili powder

½ tsp(s)

Table salt

¼ tsp(s)

Jarred fat-free marinara sauce

½ cup(s), warmed, for serving


  1. Preheat an air fryer to 400°F.
  2. Cut the polenta in half crosswise. Cut each half lengthwise into 4 planks. Using a crinkle cutter or sharp knife, cut the planks into strips to form fries. Place the polenta in a large shallow dish and coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with the garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, and salt and toss gently to coat.
  3. Coat the air-fryer basket with cooking spray. Arrange the polenta fries in the basket and coat with cooking spray. Cook the fries in the air fryer until crisp and browned, about 20 minutes, gently shaking the basket every 6 to 7 minutes. Serve the polenta fries with the marinara.
  4. Serving size: ¾ cup polenta fries and 2 tbsp marinara


If you don’t have an air fryer, bake at 400°F on a parchment-lined pan for 25 to 30 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.