One Pot Thai Shrimp and Quinoa

Made in one pot, this Thai shrimp and quinoa will soon become a family favorite meal. It’s healthy, protein-filled, and so incredibly delicious! And did I mention it’s made in one pot? It’s so easy to make and clean up is a breeze!

Healthy one pot Thai quinoa and shrimp. An easy one-pot meal that the whole family will loveThank you to Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring this post. Be sure to check out for more delicious healthy recipes, coupons and to find stores carrying products near you. 

One pot quinoa and shrimp with Bob's Red Mill QuinoaI feel it’s only fair that I let you guys in on what’s been happening in my kitchen and to my eating habits since I’ve become pregnant. It’s been really tough for me. It’s been tough to get it together enough to cook, and then usually something or other makes me feel not so good, and I end up not wanting to eat what I’ve made, or not even being able to finish more than one or two bites.

Healthy one pot Thai quinoa and shrimp dinner recipeInstead of craving everything, it’s been tough to find things I can actually stomach. And even though I’m not vegetarian, I’ve been eating very little meat, so I was getting worried that I wasn’t getting enough protein.

High protein one pot meal with shrimp and quinoa

Knowing that quinoa is one of the most protein rich foods one can eat, I set out to make a recipe using it, and of course whenever I’m using grains, I’m using Bob’s Red Mill brand (like when I made this 5 ingredient slow cooker salsa chicken and quinoa).

Healthy one pot Thai quinoa and shrimp recipe

Quinoa is one of those grains I simply do not use enough. It has a very very very mild flavor, so it’s great for infusing flavors into. I thought of bold Thai flavors of coconut and various spices.

Healthy quinoa and shrimp recipeIt smelled so good when I was cooking it, I didn’t even want to leave the kitchen, but this dish is super low maintenance to make, so one doesn’t need to babysit it.

Healthy one pot Thai quinoa and shrimp recipeAll one does to make this dish is prep the ingredients and then combine them and let the cook away. Right before the dish is done, you nestle the shrimp and add some spices on top and then voila, dinner is done!! My husband loved this dinner, he said he was surprised by how soft and almost creamy the vegetables and quinoa were (this dish is made with some coconut milk!)

Healthy quinoa and shrimp for meal prep. Meal prepping recipes with qunioaThis one-pot Thai quinoa and shrimp recipe is great for leftovers (if there are any) because it reheats really well, so meal-prepping is made easy!

One Pot Thai Shrimp and Quinoa
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil (or cooking oil of choice)
  • 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ small onion, chopped (about ½ a cup)
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 large carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup lite coconut milk (if using canned, make sure to shake the can well)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1½ cups uncooked quinoa, rinsed and rained
  • 1 pound raw jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined and tail off
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ of a lime, cut into pieces
  • handful of cilantro for garnish, chopped (optional)
  1. In a large skillet that has a lid (mine is a 3 quart pan), add coconut oil, fish sauce and sesame oil and cook on medium-high for 30 seconds, then add in the onion, bell pepper slices, and carrots, season with ginger, and salt. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring ocassionally until the vegetables are starting to soften. Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then pour in coconut milk, chicken stock and quinoa. Stir well, cover, and cook for 15 minutes (without removing the lid or stirring).
  2. After 15 minutes, remove the lid, stir once, then nestle the shrimp on top of the qunioa and vegetable mixture. Sprinkle salt and red pepper flakes and cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes, until the shrimp is cooked through.
  3. Remove from heat. Squeeze lime wedges on top of the shrimp and sprinkle with cilantro, then serve and enjoy.

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Showing 15 comments
  • Shawnna Griffin

    hey girl – this looks amazing! Yummy!

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you so much, I think you’d love this dish!

  • Jess

    This looks great and I love that it’s one pot! Bobs Red Mill is definitely a favorite!

    • Sweetphi

      One pot meals are a total mess saver, aren’t they? And I’m so in love with Bob’s Red Mill products too, so glad to hear you are as well!

  • Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It

    Thai is probably one of my favorite cuisines, and I LOVE shrimp too! Definitely going to make this Phi! 🙂

    • Sweetphi

      I think you’d absolutely love this dish Marina, it was honestly one of the best things I’ve ever made, and I’ve made it three times in the last three weeks lol!

  • Susanne

    I’m making this tonight but just want to check: The ingredient list says “fish oil” but the recipe says “fish sauce” … I have to imagine the you meant “fish sauce,” right?

    • Sweetphi

      oh my goodness, so sorry for the mix up, it’s definitely fish sauce!

  • Little Cooking Tips

    First of all, this is DELICIOUS! Second, it’s super healthy, and third it’s something very different! Exceptional work dear Phi!!! Can’t wait to give this a try! Thank you!

    PS The green “Pin it” button on mouse-over the photo doesn’t seem to be working at the moment:( We wonder if it’s something happening on this computer only.

    • Sweetphi

      This one pot dish is one of my absolute favorites lately, I think you’d love it!
      And thank you for the PS. I don’t have a mouse-over pin button on my site, so perhaps that is something installed on your computer? The image is one that can be clicked, but no mouse over, thanks!

  • Reply

    One pot meals are everything. especially when their complete with protein, carbs and fat like in this dish! This looks so flavorful!

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you so much Bethany, one pot meals are definitely a lifesaver for me!

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