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Easy Cajun Shrimp with Creamy Parmesan Polenta

This Easy Cajun Shrimp with Creamy Parmesan Polenta is an easy comfort-food meal idea that's packed with flavour - ready in 25 minutes!
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Cajun, North American, Southern
Keyword Cajun Shrimp and Grits, Creamy Polenta, Easy Cajun Shrimp with Creamy Parmesan Polenta, How to Make Creamy Polenta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 613kcal
Author Chrissie


For the shrimp:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound shrimp tails and shells removed
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons cajun seasoning
  • a pinch or two each of salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine

For the Polenta:

  • 1 cup finely ground cornmeal
  • 2 cups half and half cream use milk, if desired
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken or beef stock
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • chopped parsley for serving


For the shrimp:

  • Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium high heat and add the olive oil.
  • Add the shrimp, the garlic, cajun seasoning and salt and pepper and toss in the pan until everything is well coated. Let cook just until one side of the shrimp turns pink.
  • Flip the shrimp and add the white wine and lemon juice. Let the shrimp continue to cook just until they're completely pink and the wine has reduced to almost nothing.
  • Turn off the heat under the pan and let the shrimp stay in the warm pan until ready to serve.

For the polenta:

  • While the shrimp cooks, add the cornmeal, half and half, stock and salt to a large saucepan over medium high heat.
  • Stir the mixture together with a whisk as it heats up and comes to a boil.
  • Once it reaches a boil and thickens, remove it from the heat and add the parmesan.
  • Whisk in the parmesan just until it melts.
  • Serve the polenta in bowls (just under 1 cup of cooked polenta per serving) and top it with the shrimp and some freshly chopped parsley (optional).


The serving size for this recipe is just under 1 cup of cooked polenta and 1/4 of the cooked shrimp (the number of shrimp will vary, because shrimp vary in size). 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 613kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 346mg | Sodium: 2213mg | Potassium: 638mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2260IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 447mg | Iron: 5mg