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lemon garlic shrimp with quinoa

Broiled Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Quinoa, Tomatoes, and Spinach

Lightly seasoned shrimp top a filling, lemony, quinoa pilaf in this easy weeknight supper.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon garlic shrimp with quinoa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 419 kcal


  • ½ lemon divided use
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup dry quinoa
  • 2 tsp. olive oil divided use
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 4 oz. large shrimp raw, peeled and deveined
  • 5 leaves fresh basil


  1. Use a microplane to zest the lemon, or use a vegetable peeler or small sharp knife to remove only the yellow part of the peel and finely chop. Set aside. Juice lemon over a small bowl. Set aside.

  2. Finely chop garlic and halve cherry tomatoes; set aside.

  3. Cook quinoa according to package instructions.

  4. When quinoa is fully cooked, add remaining 1 tsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. lemon juice, ½ tsp. lemon zest, finely chopped garlic, and spinach. Stir to combine, cover, and cook 1 minute over medium heat until spinach is wilted. Stir in tomatoes; set aside.

  5. Preheat broiler on high. Line a baking sheet with foil.

  6. Place peeled, deveined shrimp in a bowl; add 1 tsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. lemon juice, and salt to taste, if desired.

  7. Arrange shrimp on prepared baking sheet and broil on high for 3 to 4 minutes or until shrimp are pink and firm.

  8. Serve quinoa mixture onto a plate, top with shrimp and garnish with torn basil leaves and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Seek out pre-cooked quinoa in the freezer or prepared food section to speed prep time!
  • Feel free to swap in other greens for spinach, such as baby kale, arugula, or Swiss chard.

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Broiled Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Quinoa, Tomatoes, and Spinach
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 419 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 183mg61%
Sodium 417mg18%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 35g70%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.