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Shrimp and Tomatoes over Soft Polenta


This colorful dish is a breeze to cook. Save extra polenta for use in Broiled Polenta with Mushroom Ragout.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, September 2006


  • 1 1/2 pounds frozen medium shrimp, thawed, peeled, and deveined (tails removed)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, in juice
  • 1 recipe Soft Polenta
  • Basic Green Beans, for serving (optional)


  1. Season shrimp generously with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add shrimp; cook until opaque throughout, turning occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; set aside.

  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining tablespoon oil to pan; cook garlic and red-pepper flakes until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and their juice along with 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes have broken down and become saucy, about 15 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, make Soft Polenta. Just before serving, stir reserved shrimp into tomatoes. Divide polenta among four bowls; spoon shrimp and tomatoes over polenta. Serve with Basic Green Beans, if desired.

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  • Angieboyd
    16 MAR, 2010
    I have been making this meal since the recipe cam out in the 2006 Everyday Food. My husband and I love it. I was the first meal i made him when he got back from Iraq, its now a staple!
  • lululili101
    1 DEC, 2008
    Really wonderful recipe. I forgot and left the tomato sauce on a little too long so I added another can of diced tomatoes and more water and it came out real chunkie. Yum!
  • MS12439844
    25 NOV, 2008
    Very quick and easy...we've prepared it for friends/family many times, and always get rave reviews.
  • cield
    20 NOV, 2008
    Heh, heh. This is known as "Shrimp and Grits" down here in the Carolinas.
  • joanmartin50
    20 NOV, 2008
    Very easy and quick to prepare; great for busy weeknights. Very tasty - my husband enjoyed it with 2 large helpings.
  • leherlihy
    20 NOV, 2008
    Yes, it was tasty, but the addition of fresh basil would have added that extra oomphf. Very good, husband cleaned his plate!
  • dundeegal2
    20 APR, 2008
    This was a simple and easy dinner. Used my old standby polenta recipe (I think it is an older Martha recipe with corn and basil mixed in) and the shrimp on top and it was a big hit with the family.