Shrimp and Polenta


There is a secret to the tradition of shrimp and grits (which you cannot find in Britain so I have replaced with polenta).  The shrimp and pork – usually bacon or sausage – needs to be very spicy, and the grits or polenta need to be creamy and cheesy.  And you must have a sprits of lemon.  The balance of the spicy, the sour and the creamy is what defines shrimp and grits. It’s what makes it truly special, addictive, classic.

Shrimp and Polenta (serves 3-4)

  • 250g shrimp
  • 200g bacon lardons
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 200g cheddar cheese
  • 50g parmesean cheese
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • handful of scallions

Mix together paprika, salt, garlic salt, black pepper, onion powder, oregano and sage

Coat shrimp and let marinade in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours

In a large saucepan heat chicken stock to a simmer

slowly whisk in polenta to avoid lumps.

Once thick, stir with a wooden spoon and cook for 5-7 minutes

Take off heat and stir in the cheeses.

Set aside

In a frying pan saute bacon lardons over medium heat until crispy

Add shrimp and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until pink and curled

Add scallions and cook a further minute.

Serve on a bed of the cheesy polenta

Finish with a squeeze of lemon


14 thoughts on “Shrimp and Polenta

  1. This looks super yummy! Living in the south you see a lot of variations of “Shrimp n’ Grits” but I feel like this might be the one I try first 😀


  2. This looks great! I definitely need to use that conversion chart you posted. So happy to share recipes with other non-chef cooks. I have no formal training but I run a successful catering and gourmet food business in CA much because of my family and how important food was growing up. It’s awesome to not be hung up by technical aspects of cooking. It leaves lots of room for innovation and experimentation.


  3. This looks great. I have not ever made polenta… but I have ordered it a couple of times at restaurants. I may just have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing.


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