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Serve Up Lemon Garlic Shrimp With Quinoa

By on 06/27/2016

This Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Herbed Quinoa is perfect fare for brunch, lunch or a light dinner.

High protein and low carb, this healthy, easy seafood dish makes a great impression.

It is also heart-healthy, diabetes-friendly and (with easily available ingredients) safe for celiacs and for those who are going gluten-free.


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • Black pepper to taste


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp trans fat free margarine
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp red-pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 1/4 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine or low sodium chicken broth (gluten free if needed)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest, plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh chives

lemon garlic shrimp with quinoa nutritional values boxPREPARATION

Place cooked quinoa in a large bowl.

In a skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil over medium heat until hot. Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes, or until onion is softened.

Add onion, lemon zest, lemon juice, cherry tomatoes, herbs and black pepper to quinoa. Toss to combine. Keep warm.

In an oven-proof skillet, heat the olive oil and margarine over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and red-pepper flakes (if using) and sauté for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Add the wine, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt and cook for 1 minute.

Turn the shrimp and cook about 1 to 2 minutes more, or until no longer pink. Garnish with parsley and chives. Serve with quinoa and lemon wedges.

Yield: 4 servings

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Review Date: February 26, 2013
Reviewed By: Christina D. Wright, RD, LDN, Nutrition Editor, Baldwin Publishing, Inc.
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