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Shrimp and Tomatoes over Creamy Parmesan Polenta

Shrimp and Tomatoes over Creamy Parmesan Polenta

If polenta were a country, I would like to be president. President of the People’s Republic of Polenta. The United States of Polenta. Polentaland.

You get the idea.

Shrimp and Tomatoes over Creamy Parmesan Polenta

Polenta is just one of those great things that you can do pretty much everything with. I like to make it in place of potatoes or rice. I don’t like to add to much to it, but just a little butter, a handful of Parmesan cheese, and a pinch of salt and pepper is all you need.

Shrimp and Tomatoes over Creamy Parmesan Polenta

I’ve had a big bag of it sitting in my pantry and it was time to put it to use! I scoured my pantry to find a bunch of cans of diced tomatoes so I served it under said tomatoes and shrimp and called it dinner. A very good dinner. This is actually a pretty inexpensive meal and it is very simple, but it looks elegant which basically makes it the perfect meal to serve your family, dinner guests, or anyone else that you are wanting to impress which will be very important if you want to be the president of Polentia.

Shrimp and Tomatoes over Creamy Parmesan Polenta

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Shrimp and Tomatoes over Creamy Parmesan Polenta

Yield: serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 1/2 lbs. medium frozen shrimp, thawed, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cornmeal (polenta)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 2 tbs. unsalted butter
  • handful of freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a saute pan, heat one tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. Add the shrimp and saute for about 3 minutes or until the shrimp is slightly translucent. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside.
  2. Leaving the pan on the heat, add in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, add the garlic and saute for about 30 seconds. Pour the can of tomatoes into the pan, including the juice. Then fill the can with water and pour it into the pan. Stir everything together and let simmer for about 8 minutes until the tomatoes start to break down. Remove from the heat when done cooking.
  3. While the tomatoes are cooking, bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of skim milk to a light boil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Stir in the cornmeal and cook for about 10-15 minutes, whisking frequently, until the liquid is absorbed and the polenta is cooked. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the butter and Parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Spoon some of the polenta into a shallow bowl, then spoon on some of the tomato sauce, followed by the shrimp. Feel free to garnish with fresh parsley, basil, and additional Parmesan cheese. Serve.

Shrimp and Tomatoes over Creamy Parmesan Polenta


33 Responses to “Shrimp and Tomatoes over Creamy Parmesan Polenta”

  1. #
    Gourmet Getaways — April 10, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Oh this looks so perfect for the cooling nights, creamy cheesy polenta!! I think you are on a winner :)

  2. #
    Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) — April 10, 2013 at 5:03 am

    This looks so comforting and delicious.

    • Stephanie replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 1:48 am

      Thank you so much! Polenta is always so comforting!

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    Choc Chip Uru — April 10, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Oh polenta how I love you :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Stephanie replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 1:48 am

      Glad you agree! :)

  4. #
    Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection — April 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

    And I would like to be Vice President of Polentaland! I love polenta, especially when it’s paired with shrimp. Holy yum! Very similar to one of my all-time favorite dishes (shrimp and grits) but with a nice twist. Definitely pinning this to make very soon! :)

    • Stephanie replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 1:48 am

      Elaine, you can totally be Vice President!

  5. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — April 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I just LOVE POLENTA!!!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 1:49 am

      Me toooooo!!!

  6. #
    Ramona — April 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Okay… I just realized what a fool I have been. First of all, I have never tried polenta. So since I have seen it on cooking shows and in blogs I have been looking for it every where. I have not seen polenta mix in packages. Duh.. now I realize it’s cornmeal?? Okay.. now I have to revisit this whole concept all over again and make it. LOL!!

    Your dish looks creamy and delicious!! Now I have a chance of making it since I will not be looking for that ever elusive polenta in a box. :) Btw… any cornmeal would work? Like the kind you use for cornbread?

    • Stephanie replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 1:50 am

      Haha, yes, it is basically cornmeal! However, I have seen packages also named polenta so I guess it just depends on your stores! But, yes, you must try it now!

  7. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 10, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    It has been far too long since I made (or even had) polenta! Polenta + shrimp + tomatoes is something I am dying to try now. Wish I had a bowl for lunch. :) Gorgeous pictures too, Stephanie!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 1:50 am

      Thank you, Sally! I sometimes forget how wonderful polenta is!

  8. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — April 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Oh, love this dish! So comforting and full of flavor!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 1:51 am

      Thanks, Jessica!

  9. #
    Ashley — April 10, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I have been alllllll about creamy polenta lately…. I can’t get enough. And now I wish I had some for lunch today.

    • Stephanie replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 1:51 am

      Creamy polenta is totally the way to go!

  10. #
    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — April 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I’ve never made polenta, but it sounds so good! Accompanied by shrimp, looks like a great summer meal!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 1:53 am

      Thanks, Ashley! Polenta is pretty easy to make, you should give it a try sometime!

  11. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — April 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I keep buying polenta, yet I never made anything with it, oddly enough it went bad and I had to toss it and again I bought more. lol I need to make something with it, like your dish. It sounds amazing and looks just beautiful!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 1:53 am

      You must try it, Jennifer!

  12. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — April 10, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Comforting, beautiful, and looks DELICIOUS! Love the shrimp and tomatoes on top. Add nice layers of delicious flavors.

    • Stephanie replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 1:53 am

      Thank you, Nami!

  13. #
    Danielle — April 11, 2013 at 12:07 am

    This is comfort food at it’s best! YUM! : )

    • Stephanie replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 1:54 am

      Polenta is totally a comfort food!

  14. #

    This sounds wonderful Stephanie! Polenta is so good – why the heck have I never made it at home?!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 1:55 am

      I don’t know, you must try it soon! :)

  15. #
    Ari @ Ari's Menu — April 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    My roommate in college used to make this awesome veggie polenta dish. I’ve never made it myself, but I love the way this version looks with the shrimp and tomatoes!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 1:56 am

      Ohh, polenta with a pile of veggies on top would also be fabulous!

  16. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — April 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I should really try polenta again. I had a bad first experience. It didn’t come out great and I made a ton. Never a good thing.

    • Stephanie replied: — April 12th, 2013 @ 1:56 am

      Oh no! I think the trick is to use enough liquid and to stir frequently.

  17. #
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat — April 14, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I LOVE polenta!! This sounds wonderful…must give it a try!!


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