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Zesty Sriracha Shrimp and Quinoa

posted by Julie Evink on March 24, 2014

Zesty Sriracha Shrimp & Quinoa ~ On the Table in 20 minutes and Loaded with Flavor!

Zesty Sriracha Shrimp & Quinoa ~ On the Table in 20 minutes and Loaded with Flavor!

Sometimes I like to get out of my “bubble” in the kitchen a try out a new ingredient or dish that isn’t so “familiar” to my family! Like the Crock Pot recipes, comfort food, casseroles or sweets.

When OXO contact me to be part of the “Shrimp Showdown” hosted by OXO and The Shrimp Council I knew this was the perfect way to try something new and exercise my creative powers in the kitchen!

OXO generously donated these cooking utensils to aid my in my kitchen adventure!

Shrimp Cleaner

Flexible Kitchen & Herb Snips

Silicone Steamer


Wooden Lemon Reamer

3 Piece Bowl and Colander Set

12″ Tongs with Silicone Heads

Shrimp Colander

 Best part of this like Showdown? I got 5lbs of shrimp shipped straight to my doorstep! Part of getting out my bubble included learning how to peel and devein my shrimp. First I learned that I wanted to keep my thawed shrimp cool and on ice. I stuck them in my OXO 3 Piece Bowl and Colander Set and it worked perfectly!


With the helpful aid of the OXO Shrimp Cleaner it was so simple so peel and devein the shrimp! This is a must have whenever you peel and devein shrimp I quickly learned! It only took a few minutes and each shrimp was done! When you have 5 lbs of shrimp you need efficiency that’s for sure!


For my shrimp dish I made Zesty Sriracha Shrimp and Quinoa. Since I was getting out of my bubble I decided to go all the way. I had quinoa and hadn’t tried it yet along with Srirach so this was the perfect time to incorporate both of them into a new recipe! I wasn’t disappointed that’s for sure. I know both will become staples in my recipes from now on so I hope you like them too!  To add the finishing touches to the dish I grabbed my OXO Flexible Kitchen & Herb Snips and topped the Zesty Sriracha  Shrimp and Quinoa with a few green onions. The perfect finishing touch!

Zesty Sriracha Shrimp & Quinoa ~ On the Table in 20 minutes and Loaded with Flavor!

Don’t you just want to head dive into that bowl? I know I do!  Quinoa and shrimp bathed in an amazing balsamic sriracha sauce is called perfect. Plus it’s on the table in twenty minutes, which is a must in my book. I don’t have time to get all fancy and slave over a recipe for hours. The best part is that no one would think it was so easy. It looks like you did slave for hours. Don’t worry it will be our little secret!

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Zesty Sriracha Shrimp and Quinoa

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Serves 4 servings     adjust servings


  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 c. quinoa
  • 1 1/2 c. low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 c. soy sauce
  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp sriracha


  1. In a medium sized bowl combine soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, pepper, garlic and sriracha. Stir until well blended. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot combine quinoa and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked and tender. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. While quinoa is cooking, heat the sauce in a frying pan over medium heat. Add shrimp to pan. When the shrimp is cooked through and the sauce has reduced so it's thicken add quinoa and stir until well combined.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 286kcal Calories from fat 40
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 143mg48%
Sodium 2457mg102%
Carbohydrate 35g12%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 26g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g


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  • Chloe @ foodlikecake

    I love spicy shrimp and this looks like the perfect dinner 🙂

    • Julie Evink

      Thanks Chloe!

    • Mae

      Can’t believe this recipe is surfacing again. I tried it once and threw it away after one spoonful. If you like super salty food then this recipe is for you. Scroll to the comments at the end before you try this recipe. Sorry but that’s the truth.

      • Brian

        Thanks for that info. You can cut back on the 1/2 c. soy sauce and use low Sodium soy and less. Also I’m sure the Sriracha and balsamic made it seems saltier then it really is.

      • Chelsea

        Man I wish i had read through the comments of this recipe better. I was so excited for the recipe and you’re totally right, it was a salty disaster. My boyfriend literally refused to eat it, it was so salty. And it did not thicken at all, i had to add almost 2 T cornstarch to get a good asian stickiness, and cook double the amount of quinoa, scraping out any sauce and trying to salvage the shrimp. this recipe would ABSOLUTELY HAVE to be made with reduced sodium soy sauce and probably some sugar added, too. However, I dont know if I’ll ever bother to try. bleh. there went my sodium intake for the week!

  • Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love spicy shrimp! Pinned 🙂

  • Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

    Gahhhhhhh Julie! This dish looks amazing! Seriously.

  • Ginny McMeans

    My family will love this. Thanks for the recipe Julie!

    • Julie Evink

      Thanks Ginny!

      • laura proops

        The actual recipe for your Zesty Sriracha Shrimp and Quinoa is not on your website; only pictures. I am a member and can get to other recipes but not this one. PLEASE SEND ME THE RECIPE VIA MY EMAIL ADDRESS; PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE!!! It looks soooo wonderful…
        Laura Proops

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Looks great, Julie! Love shrimp and quinoa!

  • Tanya Schroeder

    Look at you de-veining those shrimp! So….are you now hooked on Sriracha too?

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    OMG your shrimp looks magical. All the flavor there is wonderful.

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste?

    I am such a sucker for anything sriracha. I’d love a huge bowl of this!

  • Liz

    I adore quinoa and your gorgeous, spicy shrimp look like a magnificent topping!!!

    • Julie Evink

      Thanks so much Liz! It’s my new found love 🙂

  • MyMansBelly

    This looks like a great dish for those weeknight meals that need to be done on the fly!

    • Julie Evink

      It’s perfect for those nights!

  • Helen

    I can not get to recipe.

  • Danielle

    Balsamic siracha sauce with shrimp and quinoa. you are talking my language!!! Lol can’t wait to try this!

    • Julie Evink

      Haha I knew you would love this! I actually thought of you when I was brainstorming!

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    This is such a great combination. Love this, Julie! Looks so ah-mazing 🙂

  • Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    Wowza! Those shrimp look to die for, Julie! Great to pair it up with Quinoa, which is one of my favs! Pinned. Hope you have a great week! 🙂

  • Andi @ The Weary Chef

    LOVE this, Julie! I’m crazy for Chinese recipes, and this one looks gorgeous. It’s a great idea to serve it over quinoa instead of rice. I’m going to try try that next time!

    • Julie Evink

      Yes you need to try it! Big fan right here!

  • Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

    Your shrimp look amazing!

  • Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Seriously looks like the perfect dinner to me Julie! Pinned!

  • Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories)

    I’m a fairly new sriracha fan, but now that I’ve started using it, I want it on everything! I still haven’t used it with shrimp though, so I’ve got to try this. Your photos make me want to dive right in!

  • Audra

    I am a huge fan of quinoa recipes and this one looks delicious! Love the recipe for the shrimp and I bet the flavor is fantastic. Thank you for sharing, pinning this wonderful recipe 🙂

  • Nibbles By Nic

    DROOLING! Thanks so much for sharing at WONDERFULLY CREATIVE WEDNESDAYS! Sharing on FB & twitter as we speak ( or type 🙂 xo Nic

  • Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling

    This. Looks. AWESOME!!!!

  • Shawn @ I Wash You Dry

    Julie! This looks phenomenal!! I’m so making this tonight! YUM!

  • Tonya

    I’m trying to find the recipe for the Zesty Sriracha Shrimp. When I click on the page, it only shows pictures of the meal. How can I get the recipe?

    • Julie Evink


      • Tonya

        Thanks, I apparently didn’t scroll down far enough! 🙂

        • Julie Evink

          Glad you found it 🙂

          • Shane

            Hi Julie,

            Did you ever look into this recipe and see why quite a few commenters (including myself) had a bad result? Are the measurements all accurate? Please follow up because the photos do look good, but it came out salty, sludgy…

            Thank you very much! I look forward to hearing back.

  • Lara

    This recipe looked so great when I found it on Pinterest, and we made it for dinner tonight. I feel like I did something wrong because I followed the measurements exactly and my quinoa and shrimp were swimming in way too much liquid once I added the sauce. We had to scoop everything out with a slotted spoon. Help!

    • Hanna

      The exact same thing happened to me! Not sure why…..

  • Jared

    There must be a mistake in this recipe. Massive quantities of soy sauce (3/4 cup!?) and balsamic vinegar (1/3 cup?), compounded by quinoa in stock? Salt much? Though doubtful of these absurd measurements and flavor profiles, I still followed this recipe to a tee. I figured I must be missing something. I should have trusted my intuition. I ended up with a black, soupy sludge of shrimp and quinoa that bore the overwhelming taste of beef jerky. Beware of all the “looks yummy!” comments. Try actually making it. Not yummy. Not at all.

    • Ali

      Sad to say, I agree. This recipe looked so promising. I’m not sure if I did something wrong. It came together so easily but was so salty and soupy. Haven’t had a flop in awhile so maybe it just needs some adjustments.

      • Nicole

        I’d also have to agree with the too salty comment, found that my sauce did not thicken at all and was left with far too much. I could have easily doubled the quinoa to help balance out the saltiness of the dish. Would attempt the receipe again with many modifications.

        • Jade

          Did you ever look into this?! I’m wondering why this makes such a sludgy mess.
          Thank you!

  • Heather Lynn

    The recipe definitely does not work in the stated proportions. I am going to make a second batch of quinoa and add more shrimp. By diluting the sauce with a little low salt chicken stock and the additional ingredients, I think the recipe should be great. The ingredients are a wonderful combination of flavours, but was just way too intense!

  • Bertha

    Just tried this recipe and it’s just too salty. Sadly, I won’t try it again.

  • Allan

    Made this recipe tonight and decided to go with 1/4 cup of soy sauce, thinking that 1/2 cup was too much. Despite reducing the soy sauce it was still too salty for my liking.

  • Brittany

    This recipe is horrible, don’t bother making it! I followed the recipe and instructions to a T and it was an inedible failure. It’s WAY too salty, and the liquid does not reduce enough which made it a soupy mess. I am really mad that I wasted $8 worth of shrimp on this. I even tried adding in some steamed broccoli to balance it out and it was just awful. My husband and my daughter both could not eat it.

  • Robin

    I should’ve read all the comments first. Way too much soy sauce and way too salty. I had to whip up something else for my family to eat.

  • Sarah Fraz

    This is good quick recipe. There are a few things you can do to clean it up: use Coconut Amino’s instead of soy sauce and use 1 cup low sodium chicken broth with 1/2 cup water. Thanks for a solid weeknight addition to our house!

  • Eva

    Hi, before you make this recipe, check the comments on the bottom of this site. Because this recipe is salty disaster. However it is a great inspiration for similar food, heavenly delicious try this and you will not regret:
    cook the quinoa in vegetable broth
    make a marinade for the shrimp:
    two big garlic cloves
    3 Tbsp of soya sauce
    1 tbsp of balsamic
    3 tbsp of almost any vegetable oil (sunflower)
    1 tbsp of honey
    1/2 – 3/4 tsp of cornstarch
    you can add the 1tbsp of sriracha or just add some chilli to taste – bland together – tadaaaaa
    then just put a bit of oil into a large skillet, add the shrimp, fry a little or more (it depends if you have raw shrimp or precooked unfortunately like me), add the marinade sauce, let it cover the shrimp and thicken, add the quinoa and it is ready, you can add parsley with it. You can also make double the sauce. 🙂 It is seriously delicious! Bon apetit!

  • Juan

    Looks great, but I fear you have overcooked the product placement and oversalted the recipe!

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