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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!
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Main Course
Keyword breakfast, brunch, cajun, classic, easy, eggs, food, healthy, healthy bowl, homemade, indulge, recipe, savory, seafood, shrimp, southern, spicy, spinach
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea


For the Polenta:

  • 2 cups fresh water
  • 2 cups organic chicken stock
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup polenta ( I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 2 Tbsps unsalted butter (I use Land O'Lakes)
  • 1 cup organic shredded cheese, Mozzarella or Mild Cheddar (I use Organic Valley)

Spicy Cajun Shrimp:

  • 2 lbs. Colossal wild shrimp, peeled + deveined
  • 2 Tbsps unsalted butter (I use Land O'Lakes)
  • 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 organic eggs
  • 6-8 strips candied bacon, roughly chopped (See Notes!)
  • 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!
  • Bon Appetit!


To make Brown Sugar Candied Bacon:

  • 6-8 slices of thick cut bacon or turkey bacon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  1. 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.
  2. 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.