BBQ Shrimp and Sweet Potato Bowls

BBQ shrimp and sweet potato bowls with cabbage, rice, tomatoes, and avocado make for a well-balanced meal perfect for grilling season or any night of the week. These vibrant bowls are quick and easy to prepare and are adaptable to your personal taste.

BBQ Shirmp and Sweet Potato Bowls with avocado are a healthful and delicious meal for grilling season

After turning in my cookbook, Paleo Power Bowls, a few of my friends asked me if I’m tired of bowl food. My answer is an immediate resounding no. For me, there’s just so much to love about a big bowl of various foods coming together in a cohesive whole. This style of eating is basically my food lifestyle. I see your plate, and I raise you: ALL THE BOWLS!

One of my favorite ways of consuming shrimp is à la grill. If you’ve never had grilled shrimp, I guarantee it will flip your shellfish world upside down and possibly reverse it…the smoky-char magic of the BBQ is just that powerful!

The same can be applied to sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are one of those foods we don’t typically think to barbecue, but lemme tell you: you’ll love the end result!

BBQ Shirmp and Sweet Potato Bowls with avocado are a healthful and delicious meal for grilling season

The main events here are the grilled shrimp and grilled sweet potato. Everything else is a matter of preference. I served the grilled shrimp and sweet potatoes on a bed of rice (you can do cauliflower rice, vegetable “rice” of choice, zucchini noodles, etc) with cherry tomatoes, cabbage, avocado, and a drizzle of sriracha.

You can get creative with your add-ins and sauces. For instance, incorporate grilled zucchini and yellow squash, add some fresh or sauteed spinach or kale, whip up a chipotle sour cream or chipotle mayo for some added creaminess, serve with teriyaki sauce, etc.

One of my favorite parts about this recipe is it doesn’t require any advance prep. If you would like to marinate the shrimp longer, you certainly can for an even more flavor-blasted experience, but doing so is not required. Similarly, you can also par-boil the sweet potatoes ahead of time if you want to be on top of your meal prep game.

BBQ Shirmp and Sweet Potato Bowls with avocado are a healthful and delicious meal for grilling season

The way I see it, these bowls are perfect for your Memorial Day Weekend gathering. They have a balance of nutrients, a lot of flavor and varying textures and have that something-for-everyone appeal. If you’re a year-round griller like me, bowls like these need no occasion, as they’re easy to whip up any ol’ night of the week.

Get your grill on!

BBQ Shirmp and Sweet Potato Bowls with avocado are a healthful and delicious meal for grilling season

BBQ Shrimp and Sweet Potato Bowls

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Julia


For the Grilled Sweet Potatoes

For the Shrimp:

  • 1 pound raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tequila optional
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt to taste

For the Bowls:

  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 avocados peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 fresno chiles sliced
  • 2 limes sliced into wedges
  • cilantro optional
  • sriracha for serving


Prepare the Sweet Potatoes:

  1. Place sweet potatoes in a pot and fill with water. Bring to a full boil and cook 5 to 8 minutes, until potatoes have softened but are not cooked through. Transfer potatoes to a cutting board and allow them to cool enough to handle. Once cool, slice into 1/4-inch thick rounds.  Coat sweet potato slices with oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

Prepare the Shrimp:

  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high. Add the ingredients for the shrimp to a sealable bag and shake well to combine. Allow shrimp to marinate while grill is heating. 

Grill the Sweet Potatoes and Shrimp

  1. Once hot, place the sweet potato slices on the grill. Grill for 5 to 8 minutes per side, until deep char marks appear and sweet potatoes are cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board. Once cool, chop the sweet potatoes to desired size peices.

  2. Place shrimp on the hot grill and grill 2 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

Prepare the Bowls:

  1. Divide rice between 3 to 4 bowls. Top with grilled shrimp and sweet potato, avocado, cabbage, tomatoes, and fresno chiles, lime wedges, and cilantro. Drizzle with sriracha if desired.


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  1. marcie

    I agree…meal bowls are the ultimate! Oh how I love grilled sweet potatoes and the pairing with BBQ shrimp sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try these out!


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