Chef Abukass Recipes

Shrimp and Pesto Rice

Preparation time:
25 Min



We give you this special and unique shrimp dish that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Ingredients Description

4 cups of Abukass Rice

1 pound peeled, large raw shrimp, deveined

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 cup olive oil, divided

2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

2 teaspoons loosely packed lime zest, divided

1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced

2 large garlic cloves, smashed

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

2 (5-oz.) packages fresh baby spinach

1/2 cup smoked almonds, chopped


Preheat oven to 425°. Toss together shrimp, black pepper, 1/4 cup oil, 1 tsp. salt, and 1 tsp. lime zest. Spread shrimp in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; bake 5 minutes or until shrimp are pink and done.

Meanwhile, process mint, next 3 ingredients, 1 (5-oz.) package spinach, and remaining 1 1/4 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. lime zest in a food processor until finely chopped. With processor running, pour remaining 1/4 cup oil through chute in a slow, steady stream, processing until combined.

Toss remaining 1 (5-oz.) package spinach with warm rice. (Spinach will wilt slightly.) Stir pesto into rice mixture; sprinkle with almonds. Top with shrimp.


- You can create the dish and choose to serve it cold as a salad or hot as a main dish for your family and guests.