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Kevin Curry

Southwest Shrimp Quinoa Meal Prep

Of all shrimp recipes, this shrimp quinoa salad is my favorite!

“What do I do with my leftover quinoa? It’s just sitting in the pantry!” That’s one of the most common questions I receive from followers regarding leftover ingredients. It makes sense – every health website and social guru will tell you that adding quinoa to your diet is a good thing, and they’re right! And while quinoa gets an A+ when it comes to health benefits, it doesn’t score as high on taste. It can be pretty bland if you don’t know how to pair it with the right ingredients.

So, here is a quick 20-minute shrimp quinoa meal prep that is completely customizable. Just cook up the shrimp (or your choice of protein), then mix it in with the quinoa and the rest of the ingredients. Simple, flavorful, and nutritious.

The main ingredients you will need are rainbow quinoa, colorful bell peppers, frozen corn, black beans, red onion and garlic, green chile peppers, cilantro, and the star of the recipe, raw shrimps. All ingredients should be relatively easy to find in grocery stores, and also relatively affordable.

Spray a nonstick skillet with olive oil, and toss in red onion and garlic. Stir the onion until it gets brown and translucent, then add in frozen corn and cook for about 3 minutes. Set aside, and turn the skillet back to the heat. Spray olive oil and cook the shrimp.

Season shrimp with some chili powder, smoked paprika, and dried oregano. Add a pinch of sea salt and pepper, and mix everything together.

The next step is to slice up some bell peppers into very thin slices and then dice them.

In a large bowl, add cooked quinoa, green chile peppers, black beans, roasted corn with onion and garlic, and bell peppers, and mix it up together. Garnish with fresh cilantro, and toss in shrimp on the top. Add fresh lime juice, and serve your amazing dish, shrimp with quinoa!

Enjoy these quinoa recipes?  Try these 5-ingredient quinoa salads perfect for meal prep!

Southwest Shrimp Quinoa Meal Prep

5 Servings

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced (red) onion
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn
  • 4 cups cooked (rainbow) quinoa
  • Substitute: brown rice; farro
  • 1 cup diced (colorful) bell peppers
  • 8oz (two 4oz) green chile peppers
  • 1/2 can (~7.5oz) no-salt added black beans, drained
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro, tightly packed
  • 1 1/2 lb raw jumbo shrimp
  • Substitute: chicken; tempeh; tofu; lean beef
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons (smoked) paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Garnish
  • fresh lime


Step 1

Set a nonstick skillet on medium heat, and once hot, add olive oil, onion and garlic.   Caramelize for 2 to 3 minutes until the onions are brown and somewhat translucent (and be careful not to burn the garlic).

Step 2

Once caramelized, increase the heat in the skillet and add frozen corn.  Shake the skillet to mix the corn with onions and garlic and cook until the corn is lightly seared on the outside, about 2 to 4 minutes, then empty it into a bowl and place the skillet back on the heat.

Step 3

Add the shrimp to the skillet and as it cooks, sprinkle in the seasonings.  Shake and toss the shrimp in the skillet so the seasoning is distributed and the outside of all edges are seared.  Cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until the shrimp turns plump and white.  Set aside.

Step 4

In a large bowl, mix ALL of the ingredients together.  Season to taste with sea salt, pepper and fresh lime.

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Prep 5min
Cook 15min
Total 20min
# of servings5

Nutrition per serving

About Kevin - author


Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!