Shrimp Pesto Rice Bowls

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Shrimp Pesto Rice Bowls are a one bowl dinner filled with juicy pesto shrimp, peppers, and onions – on a bed of rice. Add some shelled edamame for an additional flavor and protein boost!

A white bowl filled with pesto shrimp, rice, peppers and onions, and edamame, on a gray napkin.

My favorite dish to prepare right now is…wait for it…Shrimp Pesto Rice Bowls. OMG yes. If you wanted to know what you should make for dinner tonight, I would say THIS. Make THIS! And my Zach would totally agree because he ate two servings (of the four) and that is very rare for him. He isn’t a very big eater (except for maybe donuts and take-out Chinese and cookies, but that’s another story) so I was a bit amazed.

And the star of the show? Yup, it’s the pesto shrimp. I’m using the same pesto recipe I’ve been using for months now, and it’s just so good.

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But let’s talk about how delicious this shrimp tastes! The pesto sauce gives it that unbelievable juicy bite and if you’ve never made it, I hope you try it with shrimp. I use my indoor grill pan and heat it to medium high before adding the shrimp. Make sure you grill it HOT for just a minute or two per side, depending on how big your shrimp are. As soon as you see them turning pink from that ugly gray color, flip it and then repeat on the other side. You will have to make several batches of the shrimp because you shouldn’t crowd them on the grill pan.

Collage of grilling the veggies and shrimp.

I also grilled up the onions and peppers on my indoor pan. I used a very high heat and cooked them up real fast. The stovetop was a huge mess when I was finished, but it was totally worth it.

This is a perfect meal for nights when you are running around and don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. HOWEVER, you DO need to do prep earlier in the day (or the night before).

Here’s some tips for prepping in advance:

  1. Cook the brown rice up in advance.
  2. Chop up the onion and peppers and store them in a bag.
  3. Prepare the pesto in advance. You can even freeze this.
  4. Defrost the shrimp if it’s frozen. I do this in cold water. And remove the shell and tail.
  5. Marinate the shrimp for at least two hours.

I made edamame for one of my rice bowl toppers this time. Roasted tomatoes or grilled zucchini are also a great alternative. You could even add grilled pineapple or other fruits.

Again, make THIS for dinner. Shrimp Pesto Rice Bowls. And please let me know how you like it!

Side shot of the shrimp pesto rice bowl, on a gray napkin.

Make these bowls next: Grilled Chicken Burrito Bowls

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Shrimp Pesto Rice Bowls

A one bowl dinner filled with juicy pesto shrimp, peppers, and onions – on a bed of rice!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 743kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf


For the bowls:

  • 2 pounds large shrimp deveined
  • 1 large onion chopped in chunks
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped in chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups prepared rice
  • 1 bag shelled edamame optional (can use other veg or fruits)

To make the pesto sauce:

  • 2 cups basil leaves fresh
  • 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • If using frozen shrimp, defrost it (I use cold water method) and devein and remove tail.
  • Make pesto sauce. Using food processor, combine basil leaves, parmesan cheese, and garlic – and pulse. Add salt and pepper. Slowly add olive oil until well combined.
  • Marinate shrimp in pesto sauce for at least two hours and store in refrigerator.
  • Make brown rice by combining rice, water, butter, and salt. Bring to boil and then turn down heat and simmer until all liquid is absorbed.
  • Cut peppers and onions in chunks. Prepare any other vegetables you prefer.
  • Warm indoor grill pan to medium high heat. Add olive oil. Grill vegetables in batches and set aside. Grill shrimp in batches as well, making sure to not crowd the pan. When the shrimp changes from gray to pink, flip it and repeat on the other side. The shrimp will only take a few minutes and this will depend on how big your shrimp are.
  • Layer bowls with rice, vegetables and shrimp. Enjoy.


Calories: 743kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 586mg | Sodium: 2311mg | Potassium: 457mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2810IU | Vitamin C: 67.9mg | Calcium: 560mg | Iron: 6mg
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  1. heather (delicious not gorgeous) says:

    shrimp and pesto is one of those combos that is good all day, everyday (: and i love that you paired it with tons of grilled veggies and some edamame; sounds so tasty but also still healthy.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you Heather! This recipe is a regular at our house. 🙂

  2. Bethany @ athletic avocado says:

    So much goodness in this bowl! Not only do I love shrimp, but I love pesto! This is a great recipe for meal prep 🙂

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Bethany!! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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