Spicy Shrimp

This spicy shrimp over creamy polenta is perfectly spiced and full of smoky flavor. Made with fresh shrimp, spicy tomatoes and creamy cheesy polenta.

Ingredients :

For shrimp:

  • 1 pound extra large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

For tomato mixture:

  • 2 cans Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic

For polenta:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups water
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • 1 cup course grain polenta

Directions :

For shrimp:

  1. In a medium sized mixing bowl add shrimp, olive oil, Cajun seasoning, smoked paprika, kosher salt and optional cayenne pepper. Toss together until all the shrimp is coated.
  2. Place a large skillet over medium high heat and add shrimp to the skillet. Cook until the shrimp turn pink and remove from the heat.
  3. Place shrimp on a plate and wipe out skillet.
  4. The shrimp will also be warmed when added to the tomato mixture so keep that in mind when cooking the shrimp.

For tomato mixture:

  1. In the skillet you cooked your shrimp (and wiped clean) add both can
  2. Rotel tomatoes, garlic, smoked paprika and kosher salt to taste. Cook on medium heat until the mixture is hot.
  3. Add in shrimp and cover while you prepare polenta.

For polenta:

  1. In a large high sided skillet add water and milk. Bring to a boil and slowly whisk in polenta. Once all the polenta has been added turn the heat down to low and slowly whisk until thick. On my stove this takes about 7 minutes.
  2. Once creamy and cooked remove from heat and stir in butter, cheese and salt.
  3. Add polenta to the bottom of a bowl and top with tomatoes and shrimp.

Spicy Shrimp Over Creamy Polenta

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