Grilled polenta tops sweet shrimp tossed with a spicy tomato and escarole sauce for supper with panache. If sodium is a concern, make sure to use the “no-salt added” tomatoes we've called for and skip the optional oil-cured olives. Make it a Meal: Serve this dish with some crusty olive-studded bread, to soak up the sauce, and steamed green beans.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, October/November 2006


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  • Preheat grill to high.

  • Place 1 tablespoon oil and garlic in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the garlic is sizzling and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and oregano; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until juicy, about 3 minutes. Stir in shrimp and escarole; cook, stirring, until the escarole is wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and keep warm.

  • Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill polenta slices until hot and slightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

  • Divide the sauce among 4 shallow bowls or plates. Top with the polenta slices, sprinkle with olives (if using) and drizzle each serving with 1/2 teaspoon oil. Serve immediately.


Note: Escarole (a member of the chicory family) is a leafy green with a sweet-bitter taste. It's tender when cooked and can be used in braises, soups or stews. Look for it near other greens in the produce section, but do not confuse it with curly endive. Escarole has large, relatively broad leaves resembling densely packed leaf lettuce (curly endive has tight and finely ruffled leaves).

Tip: To oil a grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Nutrition Facts

230 calories; protein 19.2g; carbohydrates 21.7g; dietary fiber 5.4g; sugars 4.2g; fat 7.7g; saturated fat 1.1g; cholesterol 142.9mg; vitamin a iu 2800.5IU; vitamin c 31mg; folate 144.6mcg; calcium 173.5mg; iron 2.1mg; magnesium 57.5mg; potassium 760.8mg; sodium 412.5mg; thiamin 1.2mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
This is easy and good! I definitely recommend escarole if you can find it - nice texture and taste. I don't like oil cured olives and used regular pitted black olives instead. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
start with uncooked shrimp I used raw shrimp--seasoned them with salt pepper and paprika--and sauteed them quickly in the same pan I then used for the recipe. Doesn't take that much time and adds so much flavor over precooked shrimp. Delicious recipe. Read More