Shrimp and Avocado Buddha Bowl Recipe with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

Healthy fats and proteins abound in this Buddha bowl recipe with refreshing, colorful shrimp and avocado drizzled in a creamy cilantro-lime sauce. This is a great way to use up any leftover rice and chop up whatever veggies you have in the drawer. The shrimp can be as simple as pre-cooked cocktail shrimp.

Shrimp and Avocado Buddha Bowl

What’s a Buddha Bowl Recipe?

We teach home cooks how to fall in love with their leftovers with Buddha Bowl recipes, so that you can stop wasting uneaten food and unused groceries!

What’s in a Buddha Bowl?

Buddha Bowl symbol

Simply fill one big bowl–or several if you’re serving loved ones!–with all the necessary components of a full meal, however you’d like to customize it.

Start with a base of grains or some kind of starch, then add veggies–cooked, raw, parboiled, etc.–and a protein. Wrap it all up with a signature sauce and a crunchy topping.


+ For GRAINS/GREENS: Lay a foundation of rice, or even just a bed of greens.

+ For VEGETABLES: Put chunks of creamy avocado, a soulmate of shrimp, with the acidity and crispy bite of fresh cherry tomatoes. Other veggies to consider include edamame, red cabbage, radishes, and jicama. Raid your refrigerator drawer or use last night’s leftover steamed broccoli.

+ For PROTEIN: You’ll rarely encounter a leaner, more convenient option than frozen, pre-cooked shrimp, which defrosts in minutes. But this is also where you can use any leftover grilled shrimp, chicken, steak or tempeh.

+ For the SAUCE: We’re going for a yogurt-based dressing with cilantro, lime, and avocado. It’s just creamy enough, and lightens up everything it touches.

+ For the CRUNCH: You’ll learn how to bake plain old corn tortillas into something more exciting–tortilla strips!

In summary, check out our game plan:

The Shrimp

For the ultimate convenience, you can buy a bag of frozen, pre-cooked shrimp. It defrosts in minutes!

LEFTOVERS TIP: If you’re planning on grilling up shrimp for a meal, cook extra to save for this Buddha Bowl recipe!

Level 1 Flavor: Use pre-cooked shrimp (cocktail shrimp) – super easy, takes zero time.

Level 2 Flavor: Simmer raw shrimp in salted water – still really simple, takes just a few minutes.

Level 3 Flavor: Use this recipe for Flavorful Boiled Shrimp – if you have 20 minutes, make this!!!!!!

For the Creamy Cilantro Sauce

Even if you’ve already added avocado to your shrimp, it’s time to paint this bowl even greener! Combine the following ingredients in a blender to make a little under 1 cup of this light green, slightly tangy cilantro “crema:”

  • ½ cup yogurt
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cilantro is the hero here, so add it incrementally and taste as you go!

Don‘t forget to save some to garnish the bowl. You’ll want to drizzle the oil in last, blending all the while, until you reach the perfect drizzle-able consistency.

Shrimp avocado Buddha bowl with cilantro lime crema

For the finishing crunch!

OK, so we’ve already covered avocado and cilantro. Which leaves the fun crunchy part.

Familiar with those gorgeous tortilla chip ribbons that come in red, yellow, and blue? Those will definitely come in handy for this and many more Buddha bowls.

If you have some tortillas hanging around, let’s make these chips in the oven.

Cut corn or flour tortillas across into 1/2-to 1-inch strips.

tortilla strip garnish for Buddha bowls
Maybe you have colorful ones!

Toss with enough cooking oil to coat and arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer.

Bake at 350°F until they’re perfectly crispy. This will take anywhere between 10 to 15 minutes.

See also: Steak Fajita Buddha Bowl with Fresh Salsa

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Shrimp and Avocado Buddha Bowl
Shrimp and Avocado Buddha Bowl with Cilantro Lime Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins

A fresh and creamy cilantro lime sauce drapes shrimp and avocado in this simple, healthy Buddha Bowl recipe. Feel free to swap out any of the grains, veggies or shrimp for whatever you have to use up in the kitchen, including leftovers.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Latin American
Keyword: buddha bowl, buddhabowl
Servings: 4
Calories: 448 kcal
Author: Jaden
  • 2-3 cups cooked rice
  • 1 ripe avocado sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 20 large, pre-cooked shrimp cocktail shrimp, defrosted
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning or your favorite seasoning blend
  • 1 lime in wedges, divided
  • 1/2 cup cooked edamame
For the SAUCE:
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 small bunch cilantro divided
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
For the CRUNCH:
  • 4 tortillas, cut into ½-inch-thick strips flour or coen
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F to prepare the tortilla strips.

  2. To make the sauce, blend yogurt, avocado, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, salt, and pepper together for dressing. Drizzle olive oil in gradually until well blended. If the sauce is too thick, add in 2 tablespoons of water and blend. Taste, add additional salt and pepper, if needed.

  3. Coat tortilla strips with oil and scatter over a sheet pan in single layer. Bake in the preheated oven until crispy enough to “snap,” 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Season the pre-cooked shrimp with Old Bay Seasoning. Squeeze just a bit of lime on the shrimp (not too much) and a good sprinkle of salt. Give it a good mix.

  5. To assemble bowls, divide rice amongst 4 large bowls. Scatter tomatoes, edamame and avocado on top. Add shrimp. Top with cilantro sauce and tortilla strips. Garnish with remaining cilantro and lime wedges.

Recipe Notes

Use sauce within 2-4 days.

Nutrition Facts
Shrimp and Avocado Buddha Bowl with Cilantro Lime Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 448 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 952mg41%
Potassium 705mg20%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 443IU9%
Vitamin C 25mg30%
Calcium 154mg15%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.