Pesto Quinoa with Shrimp

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Pesto Quinoa with Shrimp

Pesto Quinoa with Shrimp is an ideal weekday meal.  It is healthy, full of nutrients and can be on the table in less than thirty minutes.

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Hi friends!  I hope you all are surviving the snow/ice/cold.  I’m still hanging out at home with snowman mugs full of tea and praying the power stays on.  I hope you are safe and warm as well.

So I have little story about this delightful quinoa dish today…

The hubs decided a few months ago that he didn’t like quinoa anymore.


I probably brought this on myself because I served it as a salad for a few too many meals.   He is a really good sport about eating all the health food I put in front of him, but I think I really pushed it too far.  He just wanted a little bit more for dinner.

Looking back I probably can’t blame him.  There might have even been a huge Sam’s size bag involved in this situation.  And I might have made the same recipe five times in a row.

Sadly, I still have a lifetime supply of quinoa, so I set out on a mission to make a hearty mans meal with the grain that would make him love it again.

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The result is this: My Pesto Quinoa with Shrimp.

I packed all the flavor I could in the little grain with rich pesto and topped the entire dish off with a pesto shrimp recipe for the ages.

I even put the shrimp on pretty green basil leaves.  Don’t they say we eat with our eyes anyway?

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You see, I love this hearty grain and I knew it needed another shot.

To make my pesto quinoa I started with a trifecta of beautiful ingredients.

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For the pesto shrimp recipe I seasoned the shrimp and added them to a hot pan.

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The shrimp are ready in less than ten minutes.  I used the ones with the tails for a pretty presentation (remember I was making a CASE for quinoa,) but feel free to use the tails off version and stir the entire dish together.

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To make my quinoa super flavorful I cooked it in vegetable broth, squeezed lemon on it AND drenched it in fabulous pesto.

For color and more nutrients I added some beautiful cherry tomatoes.

This dish is pretty, hearty and a crowd pleaser.

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But did I turn the hubs in a quinoa lover again?

Yes!  He loved it.

This is one dish that will remain on our dinner rotation for some time.

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I personally liked it so much, I made you guys two pins ๐Ÿ™‚

Pesto Quinoa with Shrimp

Julie Wunder
Pesto Quinoa with shrimp is an ideal weekday meal! It is healthy, full of nutrients and can be on the table in less than thirty minutes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Pescatarian Meal
Servings 3 -4


  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 pound 26-30 count shrimp
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil or 1 teaspoon fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup prepared basil, your own or from a jar
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved


  • Add the broth and quinoa to a medium pot and bring to a boil. Once the broth reaches a boil, stir, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. The quinoa will cook in about 15 minutes.
  • While the quinoa is cooking, squeeze the juice from half of the lemon over the shrimp. Season the shrimp with the 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper.
  • Add the olive oil to a large sautรฉ pan and heat to medium high heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until the shrimp turns pink and starts to curl.
  • Season the shrimp with the basil and remove from the heat. Do not overcook the shrimp or they will get tough.
  • When the quinoa is done cooking, squeeze the other half of the lemon on top. Stir in the pesto and taste. Depending on your pesto, add the last 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  • Stir in the tomatoes.
  • Serve with the shrimp mixed in or piled on top!
  • Garnish with fresh basil.


Rinse quinoa if it says to do so on the package. You can also sub water for the broth if you have any.
Tried this recipe?Mention @Julie_Wunder or tag #RunninginaSkirt!

Have a wunderful day dear readers.

I’ll see you tomorrow where you can find out how to get a MONTH of yoga online for FREE!   Yes, free yoga.  Hopefully I’ve sparked your interest.

Your turn!

Which pin do you like better?  The one with just one picture at the top or the one with two pictures just above this text?  I could not decide!

How do you feel about quinoa?

By | 2018-06-28T14:31:57-04:00 February 17th, 2015|Dinner, Fish & Seafood, Food, Lunch, Pescatarian Meals|29 Comments


  1. […] Pesto Quinoa with Shrimp […]

  2. Susanna @Zealous Mom February 23, 2015 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    First off, your pictures are beautiful! Love them. Also, I love, love quinoa. My husband is not a fan, but this is a dish I can make for myself and keep in the fridge just for me.

  3. Farrah February 21, 2015 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Pesto is my favorite! <3 Both pins are gorgeous, but I like the top one! ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. Sarah February 20, 2015 at 11:03 am - Reply

    This looks delicious!!

  5. Annmarie February 20, 2015 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Yummy! Love the shrimp and quinoa combo!

  6. Jess @hellotofit February 19, 2015 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Mmm shrimp and pesto is one of my favorites! I never thought to make it with quinoa. Love this!

  7. Thalia @ butter and brioche February 18, 2015 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    What a delicious dish! I usually make quinoa but never have combined it with pesto before – this is definitely something I must try.

  8. Jessie February 18, 2015 at 1:55 am - Reply

    My husband was just asking me last night @ dinner why I no longer eat quinoa. It probably has to due w/ the fact that he’s not a fan. I’ve tried countless # of ways but none have seemed to work before ๐Ÿ™

  9. Gingi February 18, 2015 at 12:14 am - Reply

    I am in love with ANYTHING “with shrimp” hehehe… but this looks AMAZING!! <3 –

  10. Blane Sherer February 17, 2015 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    Love the step by step photos.Nice sharp pictures.

  11. Andrea February 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I always have excessive amounts of basil from my garden in the summer. I’ll have to remember this one! Thanks for posting!

    • JulieWunder February 17, 2015 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      I do too! I can’t wait to plant my garden again!!

  12. I like the pin right above the question with the 2 pics. Looks great. I have a hard time making good pins. Which app are using for that? My kids would love this shrimp dish. I would eat it w tofu on top. Thanks for sharing

    • JulieWunder February 17, 2015 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I might try more 2 picture pins in the future.
      It is good enough even without the shrimp actually.
      I use Pic Monkey to make my pins!

  13. Danyelle Musselman February 17, 2015 at 9:13 am - Reply

    My husband won’t eat quinoa either, but I love it. This sounds so yummy!

    • JulieWunder February 17, 2015 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      This is a good one to try him again with! I ate the leftovers for lunch even and it was so good!

  14. jill conyers February 17, 2015 at 9:05 am - Reply

    So many of my favorite ingredients all in one yummy dish! I think I have everything on hand to make this.

    • JulieWunder February 17, 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      So easy too! The only thing I didn’t have was fresh basil, but I’m always getting fresh herbs even in winter.

  15. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie February 17, 2015 at 8:34 am - Reply

    I recently had a pesto shrimp pasta and have since fell in love with the combo of pesto and shrimp – so good!

  16. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes February 17, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply

    I love quinoa, and I can’t get enough. My husband is the same way though, he’s not as keen on it as I am as I may have overdone it ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks so good!

    • JulieWunder February 17, 2015 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      Yeah– it’s tricky at least for me to make healthy food but also food he will not get sick of! He is such a good sport though.

  17. Jenny February 17, 2015 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Yum! Pesto is like a secret weapon sauce. My husband will eat pesto anything…wise move, lady! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like the two pictures pin!

  18. Heather @Fit n Cookies February 17, 2015 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Mmm. I’ll be over for dinner asap! Stay warm!

  19. Susie @ SuzLyfe February 17, 2015 at 6:58 am - Reply

    That looks like summer in a bowl. I must have it noooooowwww

    • JulieWunder February 17, 2015 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Basil is sooo yummy! Heather is coming over for dinner so you should come too ๐Ÿ™‚

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