Salmon with Polenta

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + simmering Cook: 25 min.


6 servings

Updated: Oct. 13, 2022
"My husband was of Italian-Swiss descent, and one of his favorite dishes was salmon or bass with tomato sauce served over polenta. I still prepare this recipe for my son and his family." —Rena Pilotti Ripon, California


  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute celery and onion in 1 tablespoon oil until tender. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, Italian seasoning, thyme, basil and pepper. Cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, bring water and remaining salt to a boil. Reduce heat to a gentle boil; slowly whisk in cornmeal. Cook and stir with a wooden spoon for 15-20 minutes or until polenta is thickened and pulls away cleanly from the sides of the pan.
  3. Place flour in a large shallow bowl; coat salmon on both sides. In a large skillet, brown salmon in remaining oil. Transfer salmon to tomato mixture; cook, uncovered, until fish just begins to flake with a fork, 3-5 minutes. Serve salmon and sauce with polenta.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 583 calories, 24g fat (4g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 1068mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 7g fiber), 40g protein.