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Shrimp and Spicy Tomatoes over Parmesan Polenta-2

Shrimp & Spicy Tomatoes over Polenta

  • Author: Naomi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Shrimp & Spicy Tomatoes over Polenta is the perfect date night dinner for two! With a handful of key ingredients this meal is easily executable and it will absolutely “Wow” the special person you make it for. 


Units Scale
  • 1 lb. Wild Raw Extra Large Argentine Red Shrimp, peeled, deveined and tail-off
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, a pinch
  • 1 pint Nature Sweet Cherubs Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 14.5 oz can Swanson Chicken Broth, low sodium
  • Fresh Basil, julienned
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Corn Grits, aka Polenta
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tbsp Miyoko’s Creamery European Style Cultured Vegan Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly grated, or Vegan Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup The Original Oatly Oat Milk, or milk of choice


  1. Polenta: Bring 4 cups water and 1 tsp salt to a boil in a medium size pot. Gradually whisk in the polenta at a steady stream, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Whisk until it thickens; about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Stir: Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes until the cornmeal is thick and loses its raw flavor. (Don’t ignore or the mixture will stick to the bottom of the pan).
  3. Add the dairy: When the polenta is done, remove from the heat and add the butter and Parmigiano Reggiano and stir to combine. Add more salt to taste, if needed. To finish it off, add some milk to give it even more creaminess. Cover and set aside until ready to serve.
  4. Shrimp: In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tbsp EVOO and 1 minced garlic clove. Once it becomes aromatic, add the shrimp, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for a couple of minutes per side, until pink and curled. Remove to a plate and gently cover with foil.
  5. Tomato mixture: To the same skillet, add 1 more tbsp EVOO, the remaining garlic, tomatoes and red pepper flakes. Let cook for 3-5 minutes until soft. Add the chicken broth, more salt and pepper to taste and simmer for about 10 minutes or so. (The tomato sauce will thicken and reduce in quantity).
  6. Put it together: Add the shrimp and basil and stir to combine.
  7. How to serve: Equally divide the polenta among your bowls and top with the shrimp and tomato mixture. Add some additional basil on top and serve immediately.


  • Shrimp: 1 lb. feeds 4, about 7 shrimp per person
  • Polenta: During the cook time, make sure to check the flavors often. You want to make sure it loses that raw cornmeal flavor. Also at the end, if the polenta becomes too thick, just add a bit more milk to help loosen it up.
  • Serves: 3-4 people.
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American, Italian

Keywords: Date Night Recipes, Easy Dinner Recipes, Easy Main Dish, Easy Shrimp Recipes, Main Dish, Polenta, Polenta Recipes, Shellfish Recipes, Shrimp

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