Spicy Sauteed Shrimp with Quinoa Salad Monday, June 23, 2014


A Mark McKinney recipe

1/4 cup fresh lime juice, divided
2 TBSP olive oil, divided
2 tsp chipotle chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin, divided
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 TBSP chopped garlic
24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 pound)
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup water
1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
1/2 tsp honey
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
1/2 cup diced peeled avocado
1 ounce goat cheese, crumbled
Cooking spray
2 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro
2 TBSP chopped fresh basil


Combine 2 TBSP lime juice, 1 TBSP olive oil, chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, black pepper, and 1 TBSP garlic in a medium bowl. Add shrimp; toss well. Marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes. Rinse and drain quinoa. Heat 1 tsp oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add remaining garlic and quinoa; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 13 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Cool. Combine remaining 2 TBSPs lime juice, remaining 2 TBSPs olive oil, remaining 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp salt, and honey in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add quinoa mixture, tomatoes, chickpeas, avocado, and cheese; toss gently.

Remove shrimp from bowl; discard marinade. Sprinkle shrimp with remaining 1/4 tsp salt. Spray a pre heated large sauté pan with pan spray and sauté shrimp until done, about three or four minutes.

Divide quinoa mixture evenly among 4 plates. Top each serving with 6 shrimp. Garnish with cilantro.