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Polenta Rounds with Fried Eggs and Avocado Bean Salsa

Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

This simple and satisfying meal is vegetarian, gluten-free, and great for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 353kcal


  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, divided
  • 1/2 kosher teaspoon salt
  • 15 ounces black beans, rinsed and drained (can use pinto beans)
  • 1 ripe avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more if needed
  • 8 3/4-inch-thick slices cooked polenta rounds
  • 4 large eggs
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste


  • First, make the pickled red onions. Put the onions in a small bowl and pour 2 tablespoons of the vinegar and salt over the top. Stir until the onions are well coated. Let the onions sit in the vinegar, stirring frequently. They need to sit for at least 15 minutes.
  • Toss the beans, avocado, cilantro, onions, 1 tablespoon of the oil, remaining tablespoon of vinegar, and salt and pepper, to taste in a small bowl. Set aside while you cook the polenta.
  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the rounds of polenta and season with salt and pepper. Cook until golden brown and crispy, 3-5 minutes per side. You can do this in two batches if you don't have a large enough skillet. Transfer the polenta to a plate, cover with aluminum foil to keep warm, and set aside.
  • There should be enough oil left in the skillet you cooked the polenta in, but if there is not, add a little more. Add the eggs to the skillet, cover, and cook until the edges are crispy and the yolk and whites are set, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Top the polenta with the eggs and avocado bean salsa. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and more cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 696mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 378IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 3mg