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Shrimp Skewers with Asian Quinoa

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Quinoa is a more complete protein than most other grains. We think you’ll be hearing more requests for this flavorful Asian-inspired dish. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Shrimp Skewers with Asian Quinoa Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1-3/4 cups frozen broccoli, carrots and water chestnuts, thawed and coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/4 pounds uncooked jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In a small saucepan, combine the water, quinoa and 1/3 cup vinegar mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat. Stir in vegetables. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, on four metal or soaked wooden skewers, thread shrimp. If grilling the shrimp, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack.
  3. Grill shrimp, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 6-8 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, basting frequently with remaining vinegar mixture and turning once. Serve with quinoa.

Nutrition Facts

1 skewer with 3/4 cup quinoa: 348 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 172mg cholesterol, 365mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

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