Sweet Potato Polenta with Fried Eggs

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Sweet Potato Polenta with Fried Eggs and Chili Oil | Naturally Ella

Some of my favorite dinners are ones that could easily be served for breakfast. In my mind, the act of putting an egg on something means it's ready for breakfast. This sweet potato polenta is one of a couple recipes I'll be sharing that uses sweet potato puree. It's easy to make and can be a lovely base for other flavors. It also is a great baby/toddler food to always keep at the ready. Beyond the puree, you might be able to find chili oil but you can easily make it yourself.


Sweet Potato Polenta with Fried Eggs, Microgreens, and Chili Oil

A hearty breakfast (or light dinner) sweet polenta polenta served with a fried egg, microgreens, and a drizzle of homemade chili oil. 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course




  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup low-sodium (or no-salt) vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup dry polenta

Bowl Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound sweet potatoes
  • 1 ounce goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • Salt (to taste)


  • 2 fried eggs
  • Chili Oil
  • Microgreens


  1. Bring the vegetable broth and water to a boil in a medium pot. Add in the polenta, whisking until the mixture begins to thicken. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. (full technique can be found here). 
  2. Peel and cube the sweet potatoes. Place in a pot of boiling water and cook until sweet potatoes are soft, 15 minutes or so. Drain and mash with the goat cheese and whole milk. Sweet potato mixture should be fairly smooth.
  3. When sweet potatoes and polenta are done, stir together until well combined. Fry eggs to your liking. Divide the polenta into two bowls and top with fried egg, sprouts, and chili oil as desired. 


Tips & Tricks: I like to roast a batch of whole sweet potatoes to use through the week. This could easily cut out the peeling/boiling step. Just add the milk and cheese to the polenta before adding the pre-cooked sweet potatoes.

Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: polenta, sweet potatoes, eggs

Nutrition: see the information.


  • Calories: 362
  • Sugar: 6.3
  • Sodium: 235.5
  • Fat: 9.7
  • Carbohydrates: 55.2
  • Fiber: 5
  • Protein: 12.7
  • Cholesterol: 155.6


Sweet Potato Polenta


Polenta is a staple in our house. It's a versatile base that can balance flavors that are mixed in with the polenta or are piled high on top. The sweet potato polenta is good on it's own and you could easily leave out the greens and eggs. A few ways to mix up the recipe:

Squash: Swap out sweet potatoes for butternut or acorn squash puree. You could also add pesto into the polenta, adding an extra layer of flavor to the dish.

Vegan: This isn’t the easiest dish to make vegan but it can be done. Mash the sweet potatoes with your favorite non-dairy milk (like almond) or mix in a scoop of cashew cream in place of the goat cheese/milk. Then top with fried tofu or roasted vegetables if desired.

Salad: I like the light hand of microgreens on top but you could make up a simple spinach or arugula salad. Lightly dress with a vinaigrette and top the polenta.

Sweet Potato Polenta with Fried Eggs ad Microgreens | Naturally Ella

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16 comments on “Sweet Potato Polenta with Fried Eggs”

  1. 5 stars
    so delicious and healthy, i was out of goat cheese so i tried it with low fat feta cheese and it was great, Thanks for the recipe!

  2. This looks like my perfect comfort food. There isn't much cosier than anything with a fried egg with a runny yolk. Gorgeous.

  3. Hi Ella. Do you know about how many cups of puree a half pound of sweet potato makes? I don't have a scale at home, but my sweet potatoes are pretty big so it seems like it wouldn't even be one whole one. Thanks!

    1. I think it was about a cup, but you can always add more or less depending on how much sweet potato you want in the polenta!

  4. This sounds absolutely wonderful. Looking forward to trying it for lunch, as I've done with other of your recipes with eggs.

  5. Hi Erin,

    First time visitor here. But I already fell in love with what you have here!

    Thank you for sharing this easy recipe. It is so delicious. I love recipe with fried egg. This will definitely be on my to-try list in the near future. Thanks for sharing it with us ?


  6. 4 stars
    In the Caribbean the polenta is called coo coo and is made with coconut milk, onions, handfull of okra, garlic and other herbs. But adding the mashed sweet potatoes is taking it to new heights. I LOVE, LOVE sweet potatoes, so mixing it into the coo coo is easy. Some spicy, peanut butter curried roasted tofu should take it over the edge. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. I don't have polenta but we have a lot of stone ground grits. Do you think grits would work well in this recipe?


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