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Black Pepper Shrimp with Panang Quinoa

I love Thai food. When I first moved to New Hampshire from New York, Thai food was the first thing that I missed. I would go back to New York to visit and go eat at my favorite Thai restaurant.

About 4 years ago, my husband decided to go vegan He realized how hard it was going out with me and not finding vegan food. He then decided to switch to being a pescatarian. Since he wasn’t getting his full protein at home, we started eating a lot of quinoa. This recipe came to me since I wanted to add some flavor to the quinoa and I love Thai food. I also added shrimp to it so we had more protein. This is how I make it:

Mix coconut milk and water together with some salt. Add that to a saucepan.

Add quinoa, panang paste, palm sugar, and frozen mixed vegetables and stir.


Let that come to a boil.

Lower the heat and cover. Set a timer for about 10 minutes.

While that is cooking, we are going to cook our shrimp. Add your shrimp to a bowl and toss with black pepper.

Warm up a skillet and add butter and oil to it.

Once it has melted, add your shrimp.

Cook for about 3 minutes and then flip.

Cook for another 2 minutes until the shrimp are pink and cooked through.

Plate with shrimp on top of quinoa.

Black Pepper Shrimp with Panang Quinoa

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 25


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup white quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 tbs panang paste (I prefer Maesri brand)
  • 2 small pucks palm sugar (substitute 3 tbs sugar if you do not have palm sugar)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs oil



Add quinoa to a bowl and rinse. Rinse it a couple of times and set aside.


Mix the coconut milk, water and salt. Add it to a saucepan and turn the heat to medium.


Add quinoa,panang paste, palm sugar and mixed vegetables. Give it a stir.


Once it starts to boil, cover with a lid. Lower the heat to low.


Cook for about 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed by quinoa.


While quinoa is boiling, we are going to make our shrimp.


Add shrimp to a bowl and toss with black pepper.


Set skillet on a stove and heat at medium.


Melt butter and oil.


Add shrimp to skillet and cook on one side for 3 minutes.


Flip shrimp over and cook for another 2 minutes.


Serve with shrimp over quinoa.


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