Seafood Polenta

    1 hour 45 minutes

    When you really want to impress try this beautiful seafood dish served over creamy polenta. This recipe is easy to alter to your preferred taste by adding more or less spices as you please.

    6 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • Seafood Sauce
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
    • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon Italian herbs
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 1 1/2 seafood stock cubes
    • 1 cup (250ml) dry red wine
    • 3 cups tinned diced tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon white sugar
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
    • 1 pinch paprika
    • 500g mixed frozen seafood
    • 4 baby squid, cleaned and cut into rings and tentacles
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • Polenta
    • 3 cups (750ml) water
    • 1 cup coarse polenta (not instant)
    • 1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
    • 1 pinch garlic salt to taste
    • Vegetable Mix
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 small red onion, diced
    • 2 zucchini, cut in half lengthwise then into 5mm slices
    • 10 brown mushrooms, sliced
    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    • sea salt and pepper to taste

    Preparation:40min  ›  Cook:1hour5min  ›  Ready in:1hour45min 

    1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in onion and garlic; cook until the onion has softened and the garlic has begun to turn brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the celery and cook for 5 minutes. Add olive oil, Italian herbs, parsley, stock cubes and red wine; simmer for 5 minutes, stirring to break up the stock cubes. Stir in tinned tomatoes, sugar, cayenne and paprika. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
    2. Take the sauce off of the heat and puree with a stick blender until smooth. Stir in the mixed seafood and return to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in squid, reduce heat to medium-low and gently simmer for 30 minutes; season to taste with salt and pepper.
    3. While the seafood sauce is simmering, prepare the polenta by bringing water to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium and slowly whisk in polenta with a wire whisk. Allow to simmer 5 minutes, whisking constantly. Stir in spinach, Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to slowly simmer 15 minutes, stirring frequently to keep from burning. Once the polenta has softened and turned creamy, remove from heat, season to taste with garlic salt and keep warm.
    4. To prepare the vegetable mix, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat. Stir in red onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add zucchini and cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until zucchini begins to brown. Stir in mushrooms and continue cooking until soft. Season with balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
    5. To serve, scoop a pile of polenta into the center of each plate; ladle the seafood sauce around, then top with vegetable mixture.

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    I loved this. The only changes i made was omit the celery and onion, as I'm not a fan, but everything else was great. My boyfriend liked it, but not loved it as he isn't a big seafood fan, and suggested next time for me just to put in the squid and no other seafood. I plan to make this a regular meal for me whenever my boyfriend is away.  -  05 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Just made the polenta according to the recipe. Was quite nice. Tried with veggies also. Nice and even better with crisped up polenta.  -  05 Aug 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)