Overhead view of a plate of Apricot Soy Chili Shrimp with Quinoa.
Entrées,  Gluten Free,  Recipes,  Seafood

Apricot Soy Chili Glazed Shrimp with Quinoa

I had some chili sauce leftover from when I made Slow-Cooker Beef Short Ribs last week.

I reached out to some friends to see if anyone had suggestions for using a partial bottle, and one of them told me that she had taken chili sauce, soy sauce, and apricot jam and poured it over shrimp, and cooked it all together for dinner one night for an Asian spin on shrimp.

I thought that sounded awesome, and I had all of those things on hand! So I took that idea and ran with it.

I added some garlic, onion, ginger, and bell pepper and served it over quinoa that I made in the rice cooker.

It turned out really tasty! The sauce was thick and sweet, and the shrimp were perfectly cooked.

I like using quinoa instead of rice now and then, and it went really well with the shrimp.

Overhead view of a plate of Apricot Soy Chili Shrimp with Quinoa.


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Overhead view of a plate of Apricot Soy Chili Shrimp with Quinoa.

Apricot Soy Chili Glazed Shrimp with Quinoa

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen – Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian


A quick and easy seafood dinner is just minutes away with this low-maintenance shrimp dish!


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  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce*
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, plus wedges for garnish
  • 3 green onions, chopped, for garnish
  • toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa, for serving


  1. Heat oil in a large, non-stick skillet over moderate heat.
  2. Add garlic, ginger, pepper, and onion and sauté until the veggies are softened. Add shrimp and stir.
  3. While the shrimp are cooking, mix chili sauce, soy sauce, apricot preserves, and lime juice in a small bowl.
  4. When the shrimp are almost cooked through, add in the sauce mixture and stir.
  5. Allow the shrimp to finish cooking and the sauce to thicken up, then remove from heat.
  6. Serve over quinoa or rice, with extra lime wedges, chopped green onion, and toasted sesame seeds for garnish.


*optional: use gluten-free


  • Serving Size: 1/4 pound shrimp and 1/2 cup quinoa
  • Calories: 561
  • Sugar: 16 g
  • Sodium: 1031.7 mg
  • Fat: 23.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55.6 g
  • Fiber: 8.6 g
  • Protein: 36.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 182.5 mg

Keywords: seafood, shrimp, quinoa

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Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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