This Savory Cajun Shrimp Breakfast Bowl is just that—-SAVORY + full of flavor! Unlike any typical breakfast bowl, this recipe highlights a bit of spice from the cajun seasoning, sweet from the candied bacon, cheesiness from the creamy polenta, and bursts of other great flavors from the fried egg and greens. Just a complete bowl of goodness!
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Anyway, I’m so happy to be showcasing this recipe because I feel that it is a proud representation of my Southern roots. When it comes to meals, we go big or go home! Literally! And this Savory Breakfast Bowl is no exception to the rule. Although each ingredient has it’s own boldness, surprisingly everything JUST WORKS! It’s so amazing, Ya’ll. You just have to try it. Originally, I planned on making Grits as my base (since Grits are EVERYTHING in the South), however, I opted for Polenta instead (using my favorite–Bob’s Red Mill brand), for a bit more thickness.
Are you familiar with Polenta?
If not, just so you know–Polenta is basically made from ground corn meal and has a similar texture to Grits. It’s usually cooked on low-heat and slowly, requiring frequent stirring. Unlike Grits, Polenta is made from a corn variety that originates from Italy and it tends to hold up more firmly than Grits.
I chose to make the shrimp with a cajun seasoning, because of course–I love spice! However, I chose to make brown sugar candied bacon for two reasons: Firstly, because I prefer my bacon that way AND secondly, because I knew that the spice and sweet would be a great balance and tug-a-war on the tastebuds. Just keep in mind that I use Turkey bacon and not pork bacon, because I don’t generally eat a lot of pork or red meat. However, you can use whichever your heart desires! As for the greens–I chose kale and spinach because they are my favorite. However, you can always use mustard greens and bok choy as a nice substitute as well (my other Go-to’s). A fried egg is just something that is a MUST for any breakfast dish, right? Enough said.
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Savory Cajun Shrimp Breakfast Bowl
This Savory Cajun Shrimp Breakfast Bowl is just that----SAVORY + full of flavor! Unlike any typical breakfast bowl, this recipe highlights a bit of spice from the cajun seasoning, sweet from the candied bacon, cheesiness from the creamy polenta, and bursts of other great flavors from the fried egg and greens. Just a complete bowl of goodness!
For the Polenta:
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup polenta ( I used Bob's Red Mill)
- 2 Tbsps unsalted butter
- 1 cup shredded cheese
Spicy Cajun Shrimp:
- 1 lb. Colossal wild shrimp, peeled + deveined
- 2 Tbsps unsalted butter
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp sriracha sauce
- salt + pepper, to taste
- 2 large fried eggs
- 6 strips candied bacon, roughly chopped (See Notes!)
- 3 cups sautéed greens (I used Kale + Spinach)
For the Polenta:
Boil 2 cups of water and 2 cups of chicken stock on the stove on medium-high heat. Then whisk in the polenta and add a pinch of sea salt to taste. Continuously stir polenta until it begins to thicken. Now, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer with a lid cover over the pot. Every few minutes, take off the lid and whisk continuously and then place the lid back on again. **NOTE: Cook for a total of 20-30 minutes, or until polenta has thickened enough to your liking. Turn the heat off and add in butter and cheese, stirring until completely melted and creamy.
Spicy Cajun Shrimp:
Add ALL ingredients (except for Butter) to a small bowl with shrimp and toss until well coated. Heat butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and add shrimp, cooking on each side for about 2-3 minutes (until pink). Add a bit more sriracha sauce if desired and toss shrimp for another minute or so and remove from heat.
To assemble: Add polenta in a medium sized serving bowl, then place shrimp, fried egg, candied bacon, and greens evenly atop polenta. Season with a pinch of salt + pepper, if desired. Wallah!
Tips | Notes:
To make Brown Sugar Candied Bacon:
- 6 slices of thick cut bacon or turkey bacon
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- Place the bacon on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and brush the tops of the bacon with maple syrup and sprinkle on some brown sugar.
- Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10-15 minutes or so, flipping the bacon and brushing the opposite side with maple syrup and sprinkling the brown sugar as well. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until it is completely caramelized and crispy.
Savory Cajun Shrimp Breakfast Bowl.