by Eren Kampman

Flavorful garlicky Cilantro Lime Shrimp can be yours in 20 minutes! These make a great party appetizer or serve them with your favorite sides for a main course.

Cilantro + Lime is one of those classic combinations that most people love (unless you’re one of those people to whom cilantro tastes like soap, then this combo really sucks!). The zesty, fresh flavors of cilantro and lime give the shrimp LOTS of flavor.Popular Recipes on Babaganosh

These Cilantro Lime Shrimp are made in just 20 minutes (and that’s me rounding up and stopping to take some pictures for this blog), which makes this recipe perfect for busy weeknight dinners or for making a large batch as an appetizer for a party. You guests will LOVE these – shrimp is usually the one appetizer that disappears first at any party!


Start by chopping cilantro leaves finely, or put cilantro in a small food processor with the rest of the ingredients (lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, if using) and pulse. This mixture will be the marinade and the glaze for the cooked shrimp, so make sure you reserve a few tablespoons that don’t touch raw shrimp. You will brush it on the shrimp right before serving for maximum flavor.

Add raw peeled shrimp to the cilantro lime marinade and stir. Let it sit for about 5 minutes while you preheat the skillet and clean up from the recipe prep.

Add some oil to a skillet and cook the shrimp for about 2-3 minutes per side. Brush with the remaining (uncontaminated!) cilantro lime marinade before serving. That’s it! Two steps.

Serve warm immediately, or chill. If you’re keeping the shrimp in the fridge until serving, just let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before bringing them out to your guests so they are not ice cold. Or heat them up if serving these for dinner the next day. Cooked cilantro lime shrimp will keep in the fridge for about 2 days in a closed container.


  • Use fresh garlic, fresh cilantro, and fresh lime juice. Powdered spices and herbs just won’t give these shrimp the same flavor. And freshly squeezed lime juice adds a fresher flavor to this dish as well. This garlic press makes it very easy to use fresh garlic in recipes. And this citrus juicer is also wonderful for juicing lemons and limes for your recipes. They’re both from OXO, and I use them both almost daily. They’re still going strong after many years of use.
  • You can use any size shrimp you want for this recipe, just make sure you adjust the cooking time if using very small or very large shrimp. Larger shrimp make for a more impressive appetizer. You can even serve them on a tray with toothpicks inserted into the shrimp to make them look fancy! Smaller shrimp are fine if you’re serving this for a family dinner with side dishes.

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