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Eat Like A True Hipster With This Super Simple Quinoa, Chilli Prawns And Basil Pesto Recipe

  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 300 g quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 shallots, chopped
  • 100g basil pesto
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 20 king prawns
  • 12 piccolo tomatoes

Gluten-free, protein-packed, an absolutely incredible vehicle for flavour – sure it's no wonder why hipsters guzzle down quinoa by the bucketload.

It tastes delicious with these chilli prawns and basil pesto – so give this super-simple recipe a go, then buy a few lumberjack shirts, grow a beard and refuse to wear shoes.


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Step 1

Stick the prawns in a bowl with the garlic, shallot, red chilli and olive oil.

Step 2

Give it a good stir, cover it up with cling film and let it marinate for 10 minutes, drawing in alllll those flavours.

Step 3

Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Pour the quinoa into the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes, then drain the quinoa well and place it in a bowl.

Step 4

Pour in the pesto, mix it all up with a fork and set aside.

Step 5

Heat a large sauté pan over a high heat and add the marinated prawns. Sauté for 3 minutes, stirring regularly. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Step 6

Plate up the quinoa between four dishes and top with the warm prawns, a few fresh basil leaves and those deliciously juicy cherry tomatoes.

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See? Easy peasy.


Written By

Aidan Coughlan