Sauteed Shrimp over Polenta


Red peppers, plum tomatoes, onion, sauteed shrimp... simple, succulent, and flavorful over creamy polenta. Sprinkle additional Parmesan on top if desired.

Sauteed Shrimp over Polenta
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • 2 ½ cups chicken stock, or as needed, divided

  • ¾ cup fat-free half-and-half

  • 1 cup polenta

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced

  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped

  • ½ sweet onion (such as Vidalia®), chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 pinch dried oregano, or to taste

  • 1 pinch dried thyme, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder, or to taste

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 12 ounces uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined


  1. Heat 2 cups chicken stock and half-and-half until nearly boiling. Add polenta and stir constantly until no clumps remain, 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer until tender and thickened, 20 to 30 minutes. Add additional stock or water if polenta is too thick.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Saute for 3 to 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chicken stock, oregano, thyme, and ancho chile powder. Simmer until vegetables reach desired texture, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, stir Parmesan cheese into the polenta. Add shrimp to the vegetable mixture; cook until pink and heated through, 3 to 5 minutes more. Spoon polenta onto serving plates and top with shrimp mixture.

Cook's Note:

This recipe is flexible; add what spices, etc. appeal to you. It's quick, tasty, and easy and looks good on the plate. The creamy polenta is a great background for many different variations!

Use frozen shrimp, thawed, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

406 Calories
15g Fat
43g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 406
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 1166mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 72mg 361%
Calcium 274mg 21%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 447mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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