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Under 30 Minutes

Shrimp and Tomatoes over Soft Polenta

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  • Servings: 4
Shrimp and Tomatoes over Soft Polenta

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
  • Green Beans, (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 Green Beans, if desired.

Reviews (7)

  • 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!

  • julie8179 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.

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