Whole30 Shrimp Buddha Bowls

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Shrimp Buddha Bowls with cilantro lime cauliflower rice and cabbage mango slaw make a nourishing and satisfying meal prep option.

Plus, this recipe is paleo, Whole30, gluten free, and keto-friendly. Buddha bowls for everyone!

Shrimp Buddha Bowls styled on a plate garnished with limes

What is a buddha bowl?

Originally, I was going to label this recipe a “burrito bowl”, but somehow that didn’t quite fit with the whole recipe to me. So I finally decided to ask Google what a buddha bowl was, because frankly I had no idea what made a recipe worthy for the title.

From my light internet research, it seems that buddha bowls are just a bunch of foods that can be prepped and stored together. AKA meal prep bowls.

Perfect, yeah?

Closeup of spicy shrimp, part of shrimp Buddha bowls

So feel free to pop into the comments to correct my minuscule amount of research.

But in the meantime, I’m pretty sure this shrimp and veggie smorgasbord perfectly fits the “meal prep bowl” label.

Spicy shrimp and cabbage mango slaw on a dark plate

Why this recipe works so well for meal prep

The biggest reason I LOVE this recipe for meal prep is that it’s just as good cold as it is warm. Think about it — shrimp is one of those versatile protein options that’s commonly eaten both cold or hot. Whoop whoop!

Besides that, since these shrimp buddha bowls are meant to be, well, bowls, everything getting jumbled up together also doesn’t matter too much. Toss everything together and take it on the go. Perfect!

That’s what buddha bowls are all about.

How to customize your buddha bowl

The beauty of meal prep / buddha bowls is that you can tweak them any way you want to! Add different veggies, work in new toppings, whatever strikes your fancy.

Here are a few of my ideas:

  • Grill some sliced onions and bell peppers for a fajita-style spin
  • Top with diced avocado
  • Make some fresh pico de gallo and add it in to the finished bowls
  • Top with chimichurri
  • Top with chipotle mayo
Paleo Shrimp Buddha Bowls styled on a plate garnished with limes

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3 Shrimp Buddha bowls garnished with forks and limes

Shrimp Buddha Bowls

  • Author: Chelsea at DoYouEvenPaleo.net
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 37 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Fresh and colorful, these Shrimp Buddha Bowls cram a lot of variety into one meal. Add chopped cilantro or cubed avocado as a garnish for these Whole30, paleo, and gluten free bowls!



For the cilantro cauliflower rice:

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 2 limes, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro

For the spicy shrimp:

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

For the cabbage and mango slaw:

  • 1 mango, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For garnish (all optional):

  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Green onions
  • Avocado


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Pulse the cauliflower florets in a food processor until broken down to a rice-like texture. Add the riced cauliflower to the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Add the limes and cilantro, stirring until just combined. Transfer to a large bowl or storage container.
  2. Wipe out the skillet and add the olive oil for the shrimp. Pat the shrimp dry and place in a medium-sized bowl. In a small dish, mix the chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne, and sea salt. Pour the spice mixture into the bowl with the shrimp and toss until the shrimp are coated. Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until shrimp are no longer translucent. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, add the mango, cabbage, rice vinegar, salt, and black pepper. Toss to combine.
  4. To serve, divide cauliflower rice, shrimp, and slaw between 4 bowls. Garnish with cilantro, green onions, or avocado. Eat immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

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I'm Chelsea, the author behind Chelsea Joy Eats! I believe life should be full of flavor. I enjoy creating recipes that are nourishing, flavorful, and satisfying. When not experimenting in the kitchen, I usually have a camera, barbell, or mug of coffee in hand. My posts may include affiliate links, which means if you click through a purchase something, I make a small commission at no cost to you. It helps me fuel my coffee habit and pay rent!

2 thoughts to “Whole30 Shrimp Buddha Bowls”

  1. Omg I love shrimp! This recipe is good. I’ll definitely try this! Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ Let me know if you are interested in doing collabs! xx

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