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

Shrimp and Tomatoes over Creamy Parmesan Polenta


  • 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.
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Shrimp and Tomatoes over Creamy Parmesan Polenta



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

  2. This looks so comforting and delicious.

  3. Oh polenta how I love you :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. 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! :)

  5. 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?

    • 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!

  6. 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!

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

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

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

  10. 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!

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

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

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

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

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