Confetti Shrimp + Grits

Shrimp, Broccoli Raab + Veggies in Honey Buttered Polenta

This one’s a winner!

Serves 1, about 425 calories a serving.


  • 10-12 medium shrimp, peeled
  • Small bunch of broccoli raab, or spinach, or collards, or other green
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 a cup assorted bell peppers, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • Sprinkle Chili powder
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking polenta
  • 1 tbsp buttery spread
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp honey (secret ingredient!!)


  • Add olive oil to pan and heat. Place shrimp one by one into pan and don’t touch until brown on one side. Flip and sear until crispy. Remove from pan.
  • Add veggies to pan and sautee a few minutes. Stir in Old Bay and chili powder. Add 1/4 cup water to deglaze plan and steam veggies. Remove veggies from pan when tender.
  • Add raab (or other greens) to pan. Sautee a few minutes until wilted. Add a splash of water to steam/deglaze, if needed.
  • Meanwhile, cook polenta as package says (mine said to bring water to boil, add polenta and stir for 5 minutes).
  • When polenta is thick, stir in 1 tbsp butter until melted. Then drizzle on tsp of honey.
  • Add veggies and greens to polenta pot and stir together. Pour into bowl and top with shrimp and parmesan.

The combo of butter (y spread) and honey make the grits taste like a sweet cornbread. Or honey butter. Take your pick.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melissa October 8, 2009 at 2:13 pm

This looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the recipe!


2 Lauren (Lauren Loves Good Food) June 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm


This looks awesome! Shrimp and grits — my New Orleans native mother would be so proud! Can’t wait to try this recipe tonight :)


3 Becca August 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I made this last night with okra and broccoli raab since I didn’t have the bell peppers on hand! It was delicious and filling! Great recipe, thanks for posting it!


4 michele November 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Hi, this sounds great but could you clarify the very last step:

Add veggies and shrimp to polenta pot and stir together. Pour into bowl and top with shrimp and parmesan.

Should it be “add veggies and GREENS” to the grits and then put the shrimp and parm on top like the second sentence states?
Thank you!


5 Kath November 1, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Sorry, YES, ‘add veggie and greens’ and then top with shrimp. Going to fix it now!


6 Mark November 10, 2010 at 8:33 pm

As the first real winds of winter blow into Minneapolis I thank you for this. I used Kale as my green and I suggest adding scallions to the veggies. Love your site. You’re bookmarked!


7 Lisa March 29, 2011 at 7:55 am

I add Turkey Keilbasa and chives to my shrimp and grits…the flavor is great


8 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh June 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

I have bought polenta more times than I can count never knowing what to do with it. I think I just found it! Thank you!


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