spicy california shrimp stack

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
You know when you get in a groove with recipes and start making the same things over and over again on repeat? Well, Aaron and I have been in that groove, and I am getting sick of eating the same things...so in an effort to mix it up, I went searching for some new, easy recipes to try!

- Limited ingredients
- Relatively simple 
- Vegetarian (fish is okay)
- Kids will eat

I found this great recipe from Skinny Taste that reminded me of a giant sushi - yum!
There was quite a bit of prep, but once everything was cooked and chopped, putting them together was simple and fun! Basically, you layer everything in a 1 CUP measuring cup and then flip it upside down to create a little "stack"!

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I was worried that once each wouldn't be enough, but I was full before finishing it! 

  • 1 1/3 cups cooked short-grain brown rice (from 1/2 cup uncooked)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 8 ounces cooked shrimp, peeled and tails removed
  • 1 cup diced cucumber (about 1 small)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup mashed avocado (about 1 medium)
  • 4 teaspoons sesame seeds 
  • 4 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce 
  • 4 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce

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Cook rice (I used a rice cooker - it took about an hour).
When rice is done, add rice vinegar and stir.  

Cook shrimp and cut into 1-inch cubes. 

In a small bowl, combine cucumber and chives. 
In another small bowl, combine mayonnaise and sriracha sauce.

Using a 1 cup dry measuring cup, layer ¼ cup cucumber, then 2 tablespoon of avocado, then ¼ of the shrimp, and 1/3 cup rice. 

Carefully turn the cup upside down to turn the stack out onto a plate, lightly tapping the bottom of the cup if necessary.  

Sprinkle with Furikake and drizzle with 1 teaspoon soy sauce and sriracha mayonnaise.  
Repeat with remaining ingredients.


  1. This looks amazing!!! My husband and I would both love this!

  2. OH my goodness, I am trying these this week! That looks phenomenal!


  3. we are in the same rut, and i hate it! it makes us eat out more as well. so i've been trying to make new recipes too - i like your criteria. limited ingredients is a must for me! definitely pinning this, thanks for sharing :)

  4. These look so good-- and just like the original picture! It would be such a fun thing to make for a party or get together since it looks so pretty.

  5. I've been seeing pictures of these types of recipes in social media and they look yummy! Except I don't do mayo or seafood.. But I'm sure I could mix up the recipe a little bit! :)


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