Polenta Cakes with Poached Eggs & Avocado

Precooked polenta makes this savory healthy breakfast a breeze. Serving the easy poached eggs on a bed of arugula is a wonderful way to get a head start on your daily vegetable intake.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
2 servings


  • 2 cups cooked polenta, cooled

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus 2 tsp., divided

  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 cups arugula

  • 1 avocado, sliced

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Cut polenta into four 1/2-inch-thick slices.

  2. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the polenta slices and cook until browned and crisp on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side, about 5 minutes more.

  3. Meanwhile, bring 2 inches of water in a wide pot to a boil. Add vinegar and reduce heat to medium-low to maintain a gentle simmer. Crack each egg into a small bowl and slip them, one at a time, into the simmering water, taking care not to break the yolks. Poach for 4 minutes for soft-set, 5 minutes for medium-set, and 8 minutes for hard-set. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to a clean kitchen towel to drain.

  4. To serve, arrange 1 cup arugula on each plate. Divide the polenta slices and avocado between the plates and top each with a poached egg. Drizzle with the remaining 2 tsp. oil and season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

449 Calories
32g Fat
33g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Serving Size 2 polenta cakes + 1 cup arugula + 1 egg
Calories 449
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 9g 34%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g 23%
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Vitamin A 1044IU 21%
Vitamin C 14mg 15%
Folate 136mcg 34%
Sodium 539mg 23%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 3mg 16%
Magnesium 88mg 21%
Potassium 738mg 16%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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