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Savory Polenta with Italian Shrimp

A tasty combo of polenta patties topped with seasoned Italian shrimp.

Savory Polenta with Italian Shrimp


  • 1 cup of polenta flour
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 2 tsp of granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp of Italian seasoning blend
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 lb of medium-size cooked shrimp with tails cut off
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Prepare the polenta as described in the Basic Polenta recipe. About halfway into the simmer time, stir in the granulated garlic and 1 tsp of the Italian seasoning blend.
  • When polenta is finished simmering, lay it out on the wood board and shape it into 1/2″ thickness. Allow polenta to fully cool.
  • In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Place the shrimp in the oil. You might want to add a pinch of salt right after you throw them into the pan.
  • Sprinkle 1 tsp of Italian seasoning blend and 1 tsp of paprika on the shrimp, stir, and continue heat until shrimp is hot.
  • Cut the polenta into circles. You can use a cookie cutter or mold, or even a glass to make circles.
  • Place a few shrimps on top of each, and scoop a little bit of the sauce that formed to let it soak into the polenta.
  • When ready to serve, simply microwave for a few minutes or bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes.

Quick Notes

The Italian Seasoning Blend is a nice combo I found at the store where I buy my herbs. It’s simply a combination of oregano, thyme, sage, rosemary, and marjoram. Feel free to use a similar blend, or make it yourself, or season differently if you like.

In the image, I tried to use a muffin pan, but I think letting the polenta cool and cutting it into circles will make for better looking pieces. Be sure to press the shrimp into the polenta a little when placing. You want them to stay after all.

Tags: polenta, Italian, seafood

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