Devilled prawns & corny polenta

Try this upgraded version of shrimp and grits, a Deep South classic. King prawns are fried in a spicy devilled butter then served on top of cheesy polenta

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:45 mins
  • Serves 2
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Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 950
  • fat 46g
  • saturates 25g
  • carbs 67g
  • sugars 16g
  • fibre 9g
  • protein 58g
  • salt 2.5g


  • 500ml whole milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 120g polenta
  • 1 tsp Tabasco
  • 100g cheddar
  • 300g raw king prawns, peeled
  • 2 corn cobs
  • rapeseed oil
  • 50ml white wine
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped, to serve
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • bunch of parsley, leaves picked
  • bunch of tarragon, leaves picked
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon juice


  1. To make the polenta, bring 550ml water to the boil with the milk and bay in a pan. Steadily pour in the polenta and whisk vigorously until incorporated, making sure there are no lumps. Cook for 30 mins, stirring often, adding a little more water if needed, then stir in the Tabasco and cheddar until melted. Remove the pan from the heat, take out the bay leaf and cover with a tea towel to keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, take the prawns out of the fridge to bring to room temperature and season with some salt.

  3. Make the butter by blitzing all the ingredients with 2 tbsp water in a food processor until combined.

  4. Heat a frying pan. Brush the corn with some rapeseed oil and salt and fry, turning until the corn is puffed and deep yellow and starting to char. Remove from the pan, allow to cool for a min, then slice the corn from the cob and stir into the polenta.

  5. Heat some oil in the frying pan and add the prawns. Cook over a high heat for 2 mins or until pink, then add the wine, bring to the bubble and turn the prawns over. Add 2 tbsp of the devilled butter to the pan and toss the prawns in it as it melts. Stir another tbsp of the butter through the polenta, then divide between two bowls, top with the prawns, pan juices and spring onion.

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