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Spicy Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp with Parmesan Corn Polenta…a delicious bowl of late summer comfort food. This simple brown butter corn and parmesan polenta is creamy, perfectly buttery, and swirled with sweet corn. The shrimp is cooked in butter with spices and garlic, then finished with lemon…so flavorful and delicious! Especially when spooned over bowls of creamy polenta. A great under 30 minutes dinner.

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Sometimes recipes are just a little more special. They might be more delicious, simpler to prepare, or just prettier. And while I know this shrimp might not seem oh so special or better than any other shrimp, I promise you it’s delicious.

Extra special as I love to say.

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The only reason this recipe came to be is simple. My brother Red and his girlfriend, Hailey, are in town for the week. Whenever I have brothers in town I usually try to make something they love. But Red and Hails are even more fun because they’re down to try pretty much anything, and they love seafood.

I love cooking for others, so I used these two as a good excuse to make something they’d love. Since Hailey is really into shrimp I started with that, then built this quick recipe.

It’s spicy shrimp in a crazy delicious lemon butter sauce with creamy polenta.

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Here are the details – start with the polenta

You need lots of corn, butter, and quick cooking polenta.

Start by cooking the butter and corn together until the butter browns and the corn begins to pop. Stir in a little milk and then the polenta.

The key here is to stir the polenta for five minutes until it gets creamy, then cover, and let it sit while you make the shrimp.

Once the polenta has been sitting for a bit, stir in lots and lots of parmesan cheese.

Spicy Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp with Parmesan Corn Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com

Now make the shrimp

It’s pan seared in butter with cajun seasonings until both sides are browned. I love to make my own homemade cajun spice mix, but if you’re in a pinch, store bought works too.

When the shrimp has crisped, add the garlic and fresh thyme. Then remove the shrimp from the heat and add the lemon juice. It takes maybe five or ten minutes from start to finish – tops.

Simple, but so much flavor from all the spices, garlic, and lemony butter pan sauce.

Spicy Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp with Parmesan Corn Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com

Finish it up

Spoon the creamy polenta into bowls, then spoon the shrimp and sauce overtop. I top with lots of fresh basil, and serve with crusty bread and a big arugula salad from the garden.

So quick and simple – so delicious.

The shrimp is definitely the star here, but it really can’t be the star without it’s supporting actor, the polenta. So be sure to make them both. Trust me, you’re going to love it!

Spicy Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp with Parmesan Corn Polenta | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other shrimp recipes? Here are a few ideas: 

Honey Garlic Shrimp, Corn, and Avocado Bacon Salad

Spicy Southern Style Shrimp with Lemon Basil Orzo

Sheet Pan Jalapeño Pineapple Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Garlic Sauce

Lastly, if you make this Spicy Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp with Parmesan Corn Polenta, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Spicy Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp with Parmesan Corn Polenta

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 373 kcal

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Ingredients

Parmesan Corn Polenta

Shrimp

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped

Instructions

  • 1. To make the polenta. In a medium pot, melt together the butter and corn. Cook 5-8 minutes, until the butter browns around the corn. Add 2 cups water and the milk. Bring to a low boil, then whisk in the polenta, stirring until the polenta is soft and thick, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Turn the heat off, cover the pot, and let the polenta sit 5 minutes.
    2. Meanwhile, make the shrimp. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter, shrimp, cajun seasonings, and a big pinch of pepper. Cook on both sides until seared, about 2-3 minutes per side. Stir in the garlic and thyme and continue to cook until the garlic is fragrant. Remove from the heat, stir in the lemon juice and basil.
    3. Spoon the polenta into bowls, then spoon the shrimp and sauce over the polenta. Eat and enjoy!

Notes

Homemade Cajun Seasoning: mix 2 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 1 tablespoon dried thyme, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon black pepper. Makes 3/4 cup. 

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  1. Making this for my family tonight and was thinking of just doing salt and pepper on the shrimp (kids won’t eat cajun seasoning). Any reason why you think that’s a bad idea?

    1. Hey Jeanne,
      Nope, that will be just fine to do! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  2. This was incredible! Very easy to follow instructions like all your recipes I’ve tried so far and will definitely make again!

    1. Hi Sharene,
      Wonderful!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

    1. Hi Donna,
      Thanks so very much for giving this recipe a go, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

    1. Hey Marianne,
      It’s 2 cups of water and 2 cups of milk. I hope you enjoy this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    This was delicious!! I used grits instead of polenta (just because I had them on hand) and they worked out well. I already can’t wait to make this again!

  4. The family LOVED this, even the kids. I left out the cayenne and just added jalapenos to my portion to spice it up. I used the ready to eat polenta because that is all I could find at our grocery store.

  5. Since I’ll be using frozen corn how many cups do you recommend to be a similar amount as 3 ears?

  6. WOW, this was totally fantastic and so easy!! We served it with a really simple side of asparagus. Hubby thought the polenta was the star of the show. I’ve already decided to make this next time we have guests over. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Emily,
      Happy Friday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thank you so much for making it! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    We made this last night, and it was delicious! We added chopped jalapeños to the polenta for a little extra kick. Leftovers for lunch today were just as amazing!

  8. Question! How many people are you using to get to a total prep time of 10 minutes and cook time of 15 minutes? Seriously though… this recipe is killer!

    1. Hey Joe,
      Awesome! I am so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a go! Sorry this took you longer than expected! xTieghan

  9. Made this tonight! It was great! Hubby loved it! Served simple sliced Jersey tomatoes with a little olive oil and balsamic on the side.

  10. This looks sooo great and I cannot wait to try it! I did want to ask about the polenta though. Is that 2 cups water and 2 cups milk added?

    1. Hey Divya,
      Yes, that is correct. I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Cindy,
      Yes, frozen corn would be just fine to use. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Michelle,
      You will want to thaw the shrimp first. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    So good!!!! Made this tonight for my family. My husband and I loved it. Kids don’t eat polenta too often so we’re a little unsure but I will def be making again- prob with a side of green beans.

    1. Hey Michelle,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  12. 4 stars
    Very yummy and a great base for many yummy things. The water/milk thing was a bit confusing – maybe add that 2 cups of water to the ingredients? And boy, it is necessary folks, so don’t leave it out. 🙂 My first time making polenta and didn’t know it would use up all that liquid. Thanks!! (didn’t make the shrimp yet — was practicing polenta) 🙂

    1. Hey Patricia,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Water is never listed as an “ingredient”. xTieghan

    1. Hey Courtney,
      Sure, salmon or even scallops would both be great here. I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Alicia,
      The basil is used in step 2. I hope you love the dish, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Susie,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best day:) xTieghan

  13. Made this tonight and it was sooooo delicious! My husband said it was better than any shrimp and grits he’s had in a restaurant! Quick and easy and we’ll be adding to the regular rotation! Great job, Tieghan!

    1. Hey Jennifer,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have the best day:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Steph,
      Yes, grits will also work well here. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  14. Mine was super liquidity when I made it. Maybe it’s the 2 cups water and 2 cups milk? I may have to try it again with more corn possibly. Not sure where I went wrong but probably my mistake.

  15. I’ve not made this yet…… I know I will!
    In the directions it states to add water and milk? Do we add both? If so, how’s much water?
    Thanks!!

    1. Hey Wendy,
      Yes, that is correct, the recipe calls for 2 cups of water, please follow the recipe as is. Let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

  16. the ingredients don’t mention water but in the making it mentions add water and the milk. Does not say how much water unless that is an error

    1. Hey Marie,
      The recipe calls for 2 cups of water, water is not included on ingredient lists, please follow the recipe as is:) Let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  17. This was dinner last night! Oh MY GOODNESS! My husband and I both loved this recipe. I altered it slightly by using a smoked chipotle spice. This will definitely be made over and over again in our home. Cannot wait to make it when our son comes home for a visit.

    1. Hey Cheryl,
      Happy Labor Day!🇺🇸 Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xTieghan

    1. Hey Joe,
      Yes, you will add water and milk. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Monica,
      Yes, totally fine to use frozen corn, you can follow the recipe as is. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  18. This looks delicious! I want to use up what I already have, and I have a good amount of regular polenta (not dry) that I want to use up. Would that change how I go about cooking it at all? Thanks so much!

    1. Hey Matt,
      Yes, you would need to follow the cooking instructions for the polenta that you have. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xTieghan

      1. 4 stars
        We made this tonight! The shrimp were delicious but the polenta wasn’t what we expected. I used cornmeal as my dry polenta.. is that why it turned out like it did? It didn’t have much flavor to it and the corn was very prominent. Please let me know how I can improve it for next time 🙂

    1. Hey Amanda,
      Awesome! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and appreciate you giving it a go! Have a wonderful week:) xTieghan

      1. 5 stars
        WOW!!! I made this last week and it was such a hit! The creamy polenta with the spicy Cajun garlicy shrimp was FIRE! Can’t wait to make this again 100%

        1. Hey Vanessa,
          Awesome! Thanks a lot for making this recipe and sharing your feedback. I’m glad it was enjoyed! xTieghan

    1. Hey Shannon,
      Awesome! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and appreciate you giving it a go! Have a wonderful week:) xTieghan

  19. 5 stars
    OMG, Teigan! How do you come up with these flavour profiles? The corn polenta with the shrimp cajun seasoning sauce cannot be beat! This is the all time BEST meal I have made, ever! So delicious! Thank you! You are amazing!

    1. Hey Kate,
      Awesome! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and appreciate you giving it a go! Have a wonderful week:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Paul,
      Yes, that is correct. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  20. 5 stars
    I made this the other night and man, oh man, it was delicious!! So easy and it’s the first time ever eating polenta. Loved it!! Thanks Tieghan!

    1. Hey Michelle,
      Yes, oat milk would work just fine here! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Liz,
      Fantastic! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Have the best week:) xTieghan

  21. For starters, thank you, Tieghan, for your recipes. Friends think I’m a much better cook than I really am! Your recipes NEVER disappoint. They are reasonable for an average good, they present beautifully, and the taste…..oh, the flavors! I always point friends to your website.

    This recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to make it. Any suggestion for a wine pairing?

    1. Hey Kathy,
      Thank you so very much for your kind message, I am so glad you have been enjoying the recipes! I would serve with a dry white wine like Chardonnay. I hope you love the dish, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  22. 5 stars
    Love, love love these simple summer flavors! I did get a little confused by the instructions for the polenta, I almost missed that it needed water – not sure if I did it properly but it still turned out delicious 😂 I’m already looking forward to eating this again!

  23. This was a wonderful recipe. Next time I will add more seasoning to the shrimp, as my husband and I like spice. However, it takes a lot longer to make make than you indicated, and I am an experienced cook!

    1. Hey Kristin,
      Fantastic, I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

  24. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Will definitely make again! I did not have fresh thyme so I used dry, used more Cajun seasoning, and pulled the shrimp out of the pan after cooking it. Then added the shrimp back in after adding the lemon juice.

    1. Hey Hannah,
      Fantastic, I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

    1. Hey Stephanie,
      Fantastic, I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

  25. Made this last night and it was absolutely delicious. My husband’s comment was “
    I’d be happy paying $25 for this in a restaurant.” The highest praise. Could you update the ingredient list to add the necessary water for the polenta?

    1. Hey Christina,
      Fantastic, I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Water is never included in an ingredient list:) xTieghan

  26. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe. I added some sliced Avocado on the side for a bit of color. I’m complating how else to use the wonderful Polenta. A bit warm for the coastal Carolina summer even though the fresh corn is in. We’ll see!

    1. Hey Jane,
      Fantastic, I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

    1. Hey Ginger,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear it was a winner:) xTieghan

  27. This was so delicious! My super picky daughter said it was “bustin” which means awesome in tween language!

    1. Hey Michelle,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear it was a winner:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Katelyn,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear it was a winner:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Glenda,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear it was a winner:) xTieghan

  28. So delicious! I made this for my mom’s bday dinner and everyone loved it. I doubled the recipe and we will be eating polenta for days. Next time I will only make 1 or 1.5 times the polenta for double the shrimp recipe.

    1. Hey Mel,
      Happy Wednesday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear it was a winner:) xTieghan

  29. Hi!

    I usually use cornmeal for my polenta. Can I use that in this recipe? Absolutely love your recipes!!

    Thank you!

    1. Hey Steph,
      Sure, cornmeal will also work well here. I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  30. 5 stars
    OMG…this recipe is an orgasm for your mouth! I used Silver Queen corn on the cob, lemon, basil, and thyme, fresh from a farmers market.

    1. Hey Priscila,
      Yes, that is correct. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  31. This is really good! I make shrimp and grits but this is better. It comes together quickly. I made it for Sunday dinner but would be perfect for a weeknight dinner. The only polenta available at my store today was refrigerated polenta but made it work.

    1. Hey Nadine,
      Wonderful! I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed and truly appreciate you giving it a try. Have the best week! xTieghan

  32. 5 stars
    I made this last night for company and it was a total hit. Absolutely nothing left, they even used the bread to get all the goodies out of the pan!!! Thank you for this amazing recipe!

    1. Hey Barbara,
      Wonderful! I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed and truly appreciate you giving it a try. Have the best week! xTieghan

    1. Hey Ola,
      Wonderful! I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed and truly appreciate you giving it a try. Have the best week! xTieghan

    1. Hey MJ,
      Wonderful! I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed and truly appreciate you giving it a try. Have the best week! xTieghan

    1. Hey Sarah,
      I would say about 1 cup of polenta and 5-6 shrimp give or take a little:) I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  33. 5 stars
    This recipe was so delicious and easy to make. Makes a lot of polenta/corn but it is very good the next day, reheated with bacon, a fried egg on top and a few bacon drippings. Love many of your recipes- they have gotten me through a long period of in-home cooking nightly while my 21 year old grandson is staying with us. And I am an experienced home cook and NEVER watch cooking shows either!

    1. Hey Susan,
      Wonderful! I am thrilled to hear this recipe was enjoyed and truly appreciate you giving it a try. Have the best week! xTieghan

  34. 5 stars
    Great recipe! We made it tonight and it was fabulous. I’m kind of obsessed with shrimp and grits, but we’ve never made it ourselves. I made the Cajun spice mixture and the polenta/grits and my sweetie made the shrimp. We agreed this dinner was one of the best we’ve had in a while and that’s saying a lot because my husband has been cooking off the charts since the start of lockdown. The arugula salad was a good call–we dressed it with “very garlicky vinaigrette” and toasted garlic chips. We’ll probably make some variations but we actually stuck with the recipe as is to see and it’s a GREAT recipe. We used our fresh lemon thyme and purple basil from the garden…total Saturday night dinner!

    1. Hey Laurita,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad that it was enjoyed!! ☀️xTieghan

  35. 5 stars
    Incredibly easy to make and absolutely delicious. It’s on my go to list. I used Old Bay seasoning and a little extra Meyer lemon juice.

    1. Hey Julia,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad that it was enjoyed!! ☀️xTieghan

  36. 5 stars
    Hey Tieghan,

    My only regret with judging this recipe is that I couldn’t rate it more then 5 stars. It was that good but I love this combination its really perfect!! I literally could live on seafood compared to chicken or beef. The flavors were spot on perfection just delicious. I made it the same day you shared it, I was that excited. No pressure but as I always tell you most of the recipes I make come from you. I always look at other blogs to see what’s out there its hard to beat yours. Your photography always captures me as well. If I am on the fence about making something and I see a great pic that does it!! Across the board your recipes are intriguing and creative. Without a doubt you know how to elevate a recipe to the next level. One thing I love is a challenge as well. Many recipes I see online lend no imagination there boring to put it bluntly. Keep doing what you do best making and sharing great food. Simply put I love it!!!

    1. Hey Mike,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad that it was enjoyed!! ☀️xTieghan

  37. I used Cajun pepper instead of Cajun seasoning and by passed the pinch of seasoning. This was really a special dinner, something different. Made it for a friend’s birthday who I am trying to impress. A little spicy but still delicious. The polenta was amazing. I used a tin of corn kernals.

    1. Hey there,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad that it was enjoyed!! ☀️xTieghan

  38. 5 stars
    Comfort food! 1 family member has a dairy sensitivity here, so used a premade tube of polenta cooked with 1c of vegetable broth and 2T coconut oil, for about 10 min. Loved how the corn on the cob was integrated. Shrimp (large red Argentinian from Trader Joe’s) was superb! Keep creating, Tieghan!

    1. Hey Mary Ann,
      Awesome! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! Have the best weekend:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Sharon,
      Awesome! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! Have the best weekend:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Maureen,
      Yes, that is correct! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  39. 5 stars
    This is WONDERFUL!!! My husband now calls it his favorite shrimp recipe of all time! The flavors are wonderful, as are the different textures. THANK you for this perfect recipe – thought I might try with chicken chunks and even tofu at some point.

    1. Hey Margie,
      Happy Friday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  40. This was yummy. My Bob grits/polenta were definitely more grits and my shrimp didn’t char but the dish was fabulous

    1. Hey Stephanie,
      Happy Friday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  41. 5 stars
    I made this tonight … DELICIOUS!!!

    I do have a question though, if I change the serving size to 2, does the 2-cups of water in the polenta get reduced to .67 cups the same as the milk? Also, I found it a bit challenging to get the salt level up to a good level in the polenta – I started with a pinch and just kept adding & adding & adding. A basic guideline amount for the salt & pepper would have been helpful to me. Thanks!

    1. Hey Debbie,
      Happy Friday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Yes, you would also need to reduce the water. Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  42. 5 stars
    WOW!! This was amazing! So simple and quick! I’m still eating it as I type this- trying to savor every last bite. 🙂 Thank you!

    1. Hey Sharon,
      Happy Friday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

  43. How much water as recipe calls for 2 cups milk. Is it 2 cups water and 2 cups milk? Please indicate ratio. Thanks

    1. Hey Marie,
      Yes, the recipe calls for 2 cups of water and 2 cups of milk. I hope you love the dish, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    2. 5 stars
      Wow this was delicious! Saw the recipe today, grabbed the ingredients after work and I’m so glad I did! I’ve never made polenta before so it prob could’ve been a bit creamier, but after pouring some of the sauce from the shrimps over top, it was perfect!

      1. Hey there,
        Happy Friday! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Anita,
      Yes, grits would also work well here. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  44. Any suggestions for a shrimp substitute? A particular type of fish? Someone in our family is allergic, but this recipe looks too good to pass up!

    1. You could substitute the shrimp for salmon, or any fish that doesn’t have a strong, fishy flavor. This will let the flavors of the seasoning, the corn, and polenta shine. I wouldn’t want the flavor of the fish to overpower the rest of the flavors.

    2. I would think chicken. The seasonings used in the recipe should work well. Just cut in small pieces about the size of shrimp.

    3. Hey Jenni,
      I think scallops would also work well here. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  45. It usually takes me a long time to make polenta. And lots of stirring. Is “quick cooking polenta” different than regular polenta?

    1. Hey Sally,
      Yes, there are lots of different variations of polenta that you can buy. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Laura,
      Awesome!! I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thank you so much for giving it a try! xTieghan

  46. 5 stars
    Loved this!!!! Adapted for 2 peeps, used 6 jumbo shrimp and 4 grouper cheeks. Probably could’ve cut polenta in half. Dont forget to add “water” to your list of ingredients (a little confusing as it, but I figured it out). Also added some of the cajun spice to the polenta. Served with arugula salad. Another fabulous dish! A keeper!

    1. Hey Karen,
      Yes, that is correct. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey there,
      Awesome!! I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thank you so much for giving it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Maggie,
      You could use instant polenta, I would just follow the package instructions for cooking. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  47. Water is not listed in the ingredient list yet 2 cups are added before the milk. Just want to be sure I need 2 cups of water AND 2 cups of milk before I make the recipe. 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Hey Tonya,
      Yes, that is correct, water is not typically included as an ingredient. I hope you love the dish, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Patty,
      I like to use whole milk, but any milk you enjoy will work well here. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Nancy,
      Polenta is made with yellow corn and grits are made with white corn, typically grits are smoother and finer than polenta. I hope you love this dish, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    2. One you can easily find in your local grocery story (probably) (grits) and one you cannot. I just had an experience with this tonight, so I’m all over the internet bringing the good news. Shrimp and grits… who knew?! 😉 Great recipe.

    1. Hey Kate,
      Yes, the cajun seasoning recipe is also listed above:) I hope you love this dish, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  48. 5 stars
    Looks amazing. Quick question. The directions say to add 2 cups of “water” and the “milk”, however, water is not listed in the ingredients. Do we only need the milk to make the polenta and if so how many cups … just the 2?

    1. Hey Shashi,
      Water is not typically included as an “ingredient”. You will want to follow the recipe as is and use 2 cups of water and milk. I hope the dish turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  49. I was about to ask if I could swap out riced cauliflower for the polenta when I realized that this is basically very similar to the shrimp and “grits” I make with – you guessed it – riced cauliflower.

      1. Hey Sarah,
        Yes, that is correct:) The corn will cook in the dish. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan