Think of this main as shrimp and grits with a distinctly Cajun attitude. Halved okra not only looks gorgeous, but it'll also give off less "slime" than chopped okra. Let the vegetables caramelize a bit in the pan for a richer base.

Recipe by Cooking Light July 2016


Credit: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Recipe Summary

25 mins
30 mins
Serves 4


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring stock, milk, garlic, and bay leaf to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add polenta and 1/4 teaspoon salt, stirring constantly with a whisk. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 20 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf. Cover and keep warm.

  • Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add okra, onion, and celery; cook 2 to 4 minutes or until browned (do not stir). Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, shrimp, red pepper, and black pepper; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in sauce and 1/2 cup water; bring to a simmer. Cook 3 minutes or until shrimp are done. Stir in vinegar.

  • Place 1/2 cup polenta in each of 4 bowls; top each serving with 1 1/2 cups shrimp mixture. Sprinkle evenly with green onions.

Nutrition Facts

548 calories; fat 18g; saturated fat 3.1g; mono fat 11.4g; poly fat 2.1g; protein 30g; carbohydrates 68g; fiber 10g; cholesterol 148mg; iron 4mg; sodium 694mg; calcium 286mg; sugars 18g.