A delicious meal that’s effortless enough for a weeknight yet special enough for company, Honey-Ginger Shrimp Skewers are glazed with a sweet and tangy homemade BBQ sauce and served atop a bed of flavorful Asian Quinoa, infused with hints of soy sauce, garlic, and fresh ginger.
Happy Monday, friends! I am so excited to bring you today’s post, because these gorgeous, glossy Honey-Ginger Shrimp Skewers with Asian Quinoa are part of a fun Mystery Basket Challenge that I’m participating in with 10 other fabulous food bloggers!
So what exactly does that mean, you might be wondering? Well, have you ever seen the Food Network show, Chopped? Basically, each blogger was presented with a “basket” (or technically a list, since we’re working together virtually here) of mystery ingredients, and we were tasked with coming up with a tasty, creative recipe featuring at least three of those ingredients.
So here were our options…
…and here’s what we came up with!
Can you say yum, or can you say YUM?!
My contribution was obviously these happy little shrimp skewers, glazed with a homemade, Asian-inspired BBQ sauce that’s tangy from apple cider vinegar, sweetened with honey, and flavored with fresh ginger, garlic, and a dash of hot pepper sauce. Then all of that mouthwatering shrimp is served over a bed of fluffy quinoa, but not just any quinoa…quinoa that’s been infused with flavor thanks to soy sauce, more fresh ginger, and garlic!
When I saw the list of mystery basket ingredients, it immediately hit me that I’ve never before posted a shrimp recipe on the blog, so I decided it was the perfect time to remedy that. Shrimp is such a quick and easy protein to prepare, and while I often think of it as a special occasion menu item, it’s really amenable to busy weeknights as well. This recipe is as simple as throwing some ingredients in a pot for the BBQ sauce to glaze the shrimp, tossing a few other ingredients in a second pot to cook the quinoa, and finally, skewering and glazing the shrimp before popping it in the oven.
So what does that minimal effort yield? Well, not only does roasting render the shrimp tender and juicy, but the BBQ sauce coating it is AH-MA-ZING. I’ve always been a huge fan of fresh ginger, so I was excited to incorporate it into this recipe in order to give it a bit of Asian flair. And while honey is a delicious complement to ginger, vinegar keeps things from becoming cloyingly sweet while fresh garlic and Tabasco give the sauce a teensy kick.
As for the quinoa…well, if you haven’t tried flavoring a pot of quinoa with seasonings and aromatics, might I suggest you remedy that ASAP? My family thought this fluffy, savory quinoa was about ten times tastier than eating it plain. The salty undertone from the soy sauce was also a nice contrast to the sweet and zesty BBQ sauce-glazed shrimp.
So the next time you have a hankering for shrimp, be sure to give these Honey-Ginger Shrimp Skewers with Asian Quinoa a whirl! This mouthwatering meal feels fancy, but it’s deceptively simple to prepare. Not half bad for arising from a random basket of mystery ingredients dropped off on my virtual front porch, huh?! 😉
Don’t forget to check out ALL of the delectable, creative recipes in our Food Blogger Mystery Basket Challenge by hopping around via the links below!
Bacon Wrapped Ginger Soy Chicken from Yellow Bliss Road
Quinoa & Kale Salad with Honey Ginger Dressing from Katie’s Cucina
Skinny One-Pot Lemon Shrimp Alfredo from Julie’s Eats & Treats
Thai Coconut Soup from Yummy Healthy Easy
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Ginger Chicken from Your Homebased Mom
Thai Shrimp Salad with Peanut Dressing from Will Cook for Smiles
Honey Baked Chicken Over Lemon Rice from The Weary Chef
Honey Baked Chicken and Potatoes from Cravings of a Lunatic
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs with Honey Dijon Glaze from A Beautiful Bite
Honey Ginger Shrimp Skewers from Five Heart Home
BBQ Sauce adapted from Epicurious
Quinoa adapted from AllRecipes
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