Grilled Shrimp and "Grits" with Spicy Salad

Grilled Shrimp and "Grits" with Spicy Salad
  • Prep Time
  • 4Servings


  • 20 jumbo shrimp, deveined and peeled with tail left on
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Juice of 1 large lemon, plus 1 tablespoon grated peel and wedges for serving
  • 2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 18 ounce tube prepared plain or sun-dried tomato polenta, cut into 12 slices
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons grainy mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 head escarole, chopped
  • 1 15 1/2 ounce can butter beans, rinsed


Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. In a shallow dish, toss the shrimp with 2 tablespoons EVOO, the lemon peel, paprika and cayenne.

Brush the polenta with 3 tablespoons EVOO and season with salt and pepper.

Cover and grill the shrimp and polenta, turning once, until the shrimp is opaque and the polenta is charred, about 6 minutes. Pour 1 tablespoon lemon juice over the shrimp.

In a large bowl, combine the remaining lemon juice, the mustard and garlic. Whisk in the remaining 3 tablespoons EVOO. Add the escarole and beans; toss. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve the shrimp over the polenta slices, with the lemon wedges and salad.