Zesty Seafood Quinoa Pasta

Quinoa pasta with poached salmon flakes, garlic bay shrimp, and kale garnished with grated lemon zest, shaved parmesan cheese and fresh squeezed lemon juice.


Hello!  It’s been an extremely busy week for me, especially this weekend.  So, I’ll leave you with this recipe until I can post more next time.  I promise to visit your blog and answer all your comments then.  Thank you.  🙂

A visit to a doctor gave an answer to my question to why  I rapidly gained back the weight I lost despite eating healthy foods – vitamin and mineral deficiency.   My doctor told me a healthy diet doesn’t mean I’m getting all the nutrients my body needs.  It all depends on how my body absorbs the nutrients.  So, besides taking supplements that the doctor prescribed, I decided to create a recipe combined with all the crucial nutrients for dinner.

I made quinoa pasta with seafood and kale.  This pasta recipe is low in fat and carbohydrates, gluten-free and it’s packed with protein, omega-fatty acids, fiber, Vitamin D, Vitamin Bs (B2, B3, B6, B9, B13), zinc and iodine.  I made two servings ( for M and I) and the kids had theirs without seafood ( because of allergy).

Here’s how to make it.


  • 4 oz. quinoa spaghetti noodles (half of the package)
  • 2-3 servings of salmon (12 oz.)
  • Weber Zesty lemon and garlic and herbs seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 lemon, cut in half, divided
  • 1 cup wild caught fully cooked bay shrimp
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 3  handfuls of baby Kale
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare all ingredients.
  2. Cook quinoa pasta according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large deep saute pan over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of oil, water, salt, and juice of half lemon. Stir.
  4. Season salmon with zesty lemon and herbs seasoning and add to the pan with water mixture.
  5. Cover the pan and poached salmon until  opaque about 8-10 minutes.  Break off the salmon flesh using a spatula.  Throw away the skin.
  6. In a separate small skillet over medium heat, add the remaining oil when hot.
  7. Add the garlic and onions and saute until translucent.  Add the bay shrimp and stir-fry just until heated through.  Add the kale leaves and stir-fry until somewhat wilted. Remove from heat.
  8. Add the cooked pasta and kale leaves in the pan with salmon.   Carefully stir until well-combined.  Squeeze the remaining lemon over the top.  Season with more zesty lemon and herbs seasoning (to your taste). Garnish with shaved parmesan cheese and lemon zest.
  9. Enjoy with garlic bread or a glass of white wine.  🙂


Note: Quinoa is gluten free, so the pasta breaks off easily, so stir slowly and carefully.

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14 thoughts on “Zesty Seafood Quinoa Pasta

    • Hello, Jessica! Thank you for the lovely compliments. Yes, it’s tasty and not very filling. It’s much better than the pasta made with enriched flour. I now make this for my family.
      I appreciate you stopping by. Have a lovely week. 🙂

  1. This is a beautiful plate of food, Anna. I am sorry to hear about your vitamin deficiency, but it looks like you are on track to work on that issue. I have also been very curious to try this quinoa pasta I’ve been seeing in the store, but hadn’t made the leap yet. You’ve convinced me to jump and try it. Best health and warm regards for a happy weekend!

    • Hi, Ngan! It’s good to hear from you. Yes, it was very delicious and healthy dinner. I can’t wait for spring or summer, so I can get my Vitamin D from the sun. You will love quinoa pasta, Ngan. It’s not very filling. You can really feel the difference. You should try it. You probably ditch the pasta made with enriched flour once you tried it.:)
      Anyway, I hope you had a great weekend. Tomorrow is Monday. I get to sleep in since the school is closed due to the snow storm we are currently experiencing. Have a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll check out your blog as soon as I’m done replying to all my messages. Take care! 🙂

      • Hi Anna, you should never feel rushed to visit my blog. I appreciate your visits and kind words, but I also fully understand how much time replying takes! Thank you for taking time to visit and “talking” to me. I am really excited to try quinoa pasta! We have been eating way too much regular pasta (not even whole wheat) and I’m feeling the effects–not good! I will report back! Have a good, safe, and cozy snow day. 🙂

      • Thank you, Ngan for saying it. It means a lot. Life can get pretty hectic and blogging is a lot of work. We can’t reply fast enough sometimes. We are good. We have about 5-6 inches of snow on the ground; not too bad. School is probably back to normal schedule by tomorrow. Thanks for taking the time, Ngan. Have a great day! 🙂

    • Hello, Shanna! Thank you very much for the compliment. Making the collage is one of the many features of the Adelle theme. You can make it by creating a gallery when attaching a photo in your post. Then you can follow the prompts as you go along. Thanks for all the health wishes, Shanna. It is so kind of you. They’re greatly appreciated. I hope you are having a beautiful weather. We are not. We are currently experiencing another snow storm. We already have at least 5 inches on the ground and more (about 10 inches) by tomorrow. The good news is I get to sleep in. 🙂 Have a wonderful week, Shanna. Best wishes to you and your family. Take care! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

    • Hello my twin! 🙂 Thank you kindly. I hope you had a nice weekend too. We are experiencing another snow storm at the moment. It’s not a great way to welcome Monday. 😦 Anyway, thanks for stopping by. Have a great week. 🙂

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