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Elote Pilsner Creamy Polenta with Grilled Tajin Lime Shrimp and Hallumi

Elote Pilsner Creamy Polenta with Grilled Tajin Lime Shrimp and Halloumi

Sometimes it feels as if my recipes are just a long string of predictive text that I figure out how to make into a meal. Or I keep trying to one-up myself until I can’t fit anything else in a bowl, but it’s how I like to cook. Layers of things on top of layers of other things. Lots of things crammed into a bowl. 

Maybe I’m a bit too much for you, this wouldn’t be an odd thing to think and you wouldn’t be the first one. But I will tell you that you should try, at least once, to be too much. Because we all need to be just a little sick of censoring ourselves for the sake of other people. You should also make some food that is a bit much, just to try it on for size. Maybe you’re like me, and you’ll actually really like a big 'ole layered bowl of too much. It’s fun, you might just want to do it again.  

Elote Pilsner Creamy Polenta with Grilled Tajin Lime Shrimp and Halloumi

5 from 1 vote
Servings 4 servings


For the polenta:

  • 2 ½ cups (575g) vegetable broth (or chicken)
  • 1 cup (230g) beer pilsner, pale lager
  • 1 cup (160g) dry corn grits polenta
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large ear of corn shucked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup cotija cheese
  • 1- pint cherry tomatoes chopped
  • ¼ cup Mexican Crema

For the shrimp and Halloumi:

  • 1 lbs raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 large lime
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Tajin seasoning divided*
  • 8 ounces Halloumi cheese


  • Add the vegetable broth and beer to a saucepan, bring to a boil then reduce to a low simmer.
  • Add the grits and salt, simmer, stirring occasionally until the grits have softened.
  • Stir in the half and half, salt, and garlic powder.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  • Brush the corn on all sides with oil, set aside.
  • Add the shrimp to a bowl, squeeze half of the lime over the shrimp, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Tajin, toss to coat. Thread onto skewers.
  • Slice the Halloumi into ½ inch slices, sprinkle on all sides with the remaining Tajin.
  • Add the corn, shrimp, and Halloumi to the grill, grilling on all sides until shrimp is cooked through and grill marks appear on all.
  • Cut the kernels of the corn, add to a bowl along with the cilantro, and cotija, toss to combine.
  • Divide the polenta between 4 bowls, top with corn mixture, crema, tomatoes, shrimp skewers and Halloumi.


If you don't have Tajin, mix together 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1/2 teaspoon cumin. 

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Y the W July 17, 2020 um 1:55 am

5 stars
I love this healthy recipe I like it very much


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