Spicy California Shrimp Stack with Quinoa

Spicy California Shrimp Stack with Quinoa

The other day when I was checking out my Pinterest feed, I came across a pin by Skinnytaste for “Spicy California Shrimp Stack.” I decided to try it out for Sunday dinner, since I already had the all the ingredients in my refrigerator and pantry. As usual, I made some changes to the original recipe by using the whole grain, quinoa, instead of brown rice. I also substituted green onions for chives. I found out by cooking the quinoa a little bit longer with additional water, it made the quinoa “stickier.” Not only did the quinoa worked great, but it was a healthier choice. I liked using ramekins, instead of a measuring cup, because I could make several at one time, making it easier to plate.

My Spicy California Shrimp Stack with Quinoa was a big hit with my husband! He said that it is just as good as the one we order at the Yardhouse restaurant. So if you are looking for a dish that is pretty easy to make, fantastic to eat and has the “wow” factor, you need to prepare this!


Spicy California Shrimp Stack with Quinoa


  • ½ cup organic quinoa, thoroughly rinsed
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons water, plus 2 tablespoons water for later
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 8 ounces cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed; cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 2 teaspoon finely chopped green onions
  • ½ cup mashed avocado (1 medium-large)
  • 4 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 4 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons organic mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce


  1. Bring 1 cup + 2 tablespoons water to a boil. Add quinoa and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until water is gone. Add 2 tablespoons water and stir. Cook until all water is gone. Stir in rice vinegar. Spread quinoa on a plate to cool.
  2. Using a small bowl. mix together the cucumber and green onions.
  3. In another small bowl, thoroughly blend the mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce.
  4. Using a 3½-inch ramekin, layer ¼ cup cucumber, then 2 tablespoons avocado, ¼ of the shrimp and enough quinoa to full the remainder of the ramekin.
  5. Place a plate upside down on top of the ramekin. Lightly tap the bottom and sides of the ramekin. Carefully lift off the ramekin. This can be tricky and if you are having problems, insert a small knife along the edge to help “release” the stack.
  6. Put the Sriracha mayonnaise and soy sauce in separate small squeeze bottles and drizzle on top of the stack. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Repeat 3 more times. 4 servings.

Spicy California Shrimp Stack with Quinoa


21 thoughts on “Spicy California Shrimp Stack with Quinoa

  1. There are so many things we get crazy about when we see Pinterest – so much to pin and make, eh? 😀 This looks absolutely amazing! Love the sriracha-mayo, too. 🙂 Thank you for sharing here at this week’s FF. Have a lovely weekend and happy FF. xx


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