Spicy Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Spicy Cilantro Lime Shrimp

These bright and tangy shrimp are versatile beasties—they're wonderful alone as appetizers, outstanding on tacos, salads, or some fresh rice with avocado.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 limes, zest one and juice both
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbs oil
  • butter
  • cayenne
  • cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Season the shrimp with the cayenne, cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium with the oil. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute before adding the lime zest and juice. Add the shrimp and let cook undisturbed until pink on one side, then flip on to cook the other side. About 2 minutes on the first side, 1 minute on the other. Turn off heat and stir in cilantro.
  • Optional sauce: Stir in 3 tbs butter and let melt. This silky sauce makes the shrimp irresistible as appetizers or can be used as a salad dressing ingredient.


Toss these on a guacamole salad and be prepared to wish you had an avocado tree.