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Spicy Coconut Shrimp with Quinoa

Help yourself to a plate full—generous servings are still lower in calories and big on protein. If you have company, you can add a salad and call it a day. —Keri Whitney, Castro Valley, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • SHRIMP:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups fresh snow peas (about 7 ounces), trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine quinoa, water and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until tender. Stir in ginger, curry powder, cumin, salt and cayenne; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Add shrimp and snow peas to skillet; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and snow peas are crisp-tender. Stir in coconut milk and orange juice; heat through. Serve with quinoa; top each serving with coconut and cilantro.
Editor's Note
To toast coconut, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup shrimp mixture with 3/4 cup quinoa: 330 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 138mg cholesterol, 451mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.
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