Poblano Rice with Shrimp

Chef and cookbook author Allison Fishman is all about simple, home-cooked dishes that let fresh, healthy ingredients shine. This Cajun-inspired recipe is a prime example!

Photo: Photographer:Joanne Tsakos

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Joanne Tsakos


  • 1 large poblano pepper, halved lengthwise, seeded and stem discarded
  • 1 jalapeƱo pepper, halved lengthwise, seeded and stem discarded
  • 2 scallions, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, gently packed, plus additional for garnish
  • Juice 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 lb frozen jumbo shrimp (16 to 20 count), deveined, tail on
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped, optional, for garnish
  • Lime wedges, optional


  1. Set broiler. Place both peppers, skin side up, on a broiler pan with scallions. Broil until blistered, about 5 minutes. Remove poblano to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow poblano to steam for 10 minutes; remove skin.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine peppers and scallions; pulse until pureed. Add sunflower seeds; pulse to make a paste. Add cilantro, lime juice and oil; pulsing until cilantro is incorporated. Scrape bowl as needed. Remove pesto and reserve.
  3. Bring 1 1/4 cups water to a boil. Add rice and salt; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove rice from heat and allow to steam for 5 additional minutes, then use a fork to fluff. Add pesto to rice, a little at a time, and continue to toss gently with a fork until combined.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add shrimp, return to a boil, and cook until pink and lightly curled; about 3 minutes. Remove from heat with a slotted spoon. When cool enough to handle, remove shells from shrimp.
  5. Spoon rice onto large serving platter and place shrimp on top, garnish with additional cilantro. Serve with onion and lime wedges, if desired.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 cup
  • Calories 336
  • Carbohydrate Content 42 g
  • Cholesterol Content 53 mg
  • Fat Content 13 g
  • Fiber Content 4 g
  • Protein Content 13 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 300 mg
  • Sugar Content 1 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 4 g