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Cilantro Lime Shrimp

by Veronica Brandy – Updated Aug 7, 2020
Cilantro Lime Shrimp
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Cilantro Lime Shrimp Recipe – When you’re looking for a quick, light dinner that’s packed with fresh flavors, these cilantro lime shrimps are super quick and easy to make. Shrimp are marinated in a garlic cilantro and lime sauce with honey and chili pepper and quickly pan-seared on the stove. You’ll love the cilantro lime shrimp for a warm-weather evening!

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Ingredients list for the Cilantro Lime Shrimp

  • 1 lb (450g) shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 2 + 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon honey ( optional for low-carb, keto diet)
  • Juice of 1 1/2 lime
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

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Directions

1. To make the cilantro lime shrimp recipe: In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon cilantro, honey, lime juice and lime zest. Add uncooked shrimp and toss to mix well. Marinate shrimp for 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add the drained shrimp, cook for 2 minutes, flip, and add the marinade. Cook for 1 minute and set the shrimp aside.

3. In the same skillet add vegetable broth to deglaze and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp back and adjust seasoning. Serve immediately over rice, rice noodles or zucchini noodles, topped with additional cilantro and garnished with lime slices, enjoy!

QUICK TIPS FOR MAKING CILANTRO LIME SHRIMP:

  • You can use shrimp with tails on or off.
  • Buy shrimp (or prawns) already deveined, shelled and cleaned, your meal preparation will be much faster.
  • Frozen shrimp is okay for this recipe, but fresh wild-caught shrimp tend to have better flavor.

How to make Cilantro Lime Shrimp

With simple ingredients you may already have on hand that you can create the easiest and flavor-packed shrimp!:

Fresh lime — Don’t go for the bottled stuff. use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
Cilantro — substitute with fresh parsley or basil if you don’t like cilantro.
Garlic — you could use garlic powder instead of garlic minced if you prefer
red pepper flakes — you could use chili powder instead of red pepper flakes if you don’t like a bit of heat, leave it out altogether. Or for more heat, add more!
Honey — optional for low-carb, keto diet. You can also use brown sugar if you prefer. I love Honey in this. It balances out the acidity of the lime juice.

How long do I cook shrimp in the skillet?

This cilantro lime shrimp cooks FAST, over-cooked shrimp is rubbery, tough and not pleasant to eat at all. Cook the shrimp stirring frequently, until the shrimp is nice and pink and opaque. This will usually take 2-4 minutes.

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