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Cilantro Lime Shrimp

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.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time16 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cilantro lime shrimp, easy shrimp recipe, shrimp appetizer
Servings: 4 (see notes)
Calories: 211kcal
Author: Kate


  • 1 lb shrimp peeled, thawed if frozen
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove , minced
  • 1 lime , juiced (about 2 tablespoons lime juice)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt , or more for taste
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes


  • Finely chop the cilantro leaves. Juice the lime. Mince the garlic. In a large bowl, combine the chopped cilantro, lime juice, minced garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil (reserve 1 for cooking), salt, and red pepper flakes. Mix. Set aside 1 tablespoon of the marinade into another small bowl. Add the raw peeled shrimp to the marinade bowl and mix well. Let sit for 5 minutes to marinate.
  • Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large preheated skillet. Use tongs to carefully place the marinated shrimp onto the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes on high heat. Use tongs to flip the shrimp and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the shrimp are fully cooked. Use a clean spatula or tongs to remove the shrimp from the skillet and place in a clean bowl. Brush with the reserved tablespoon of cilantro lime marinade. Serve immediately or chill and serve as an appetizer. 


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Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 285mg | Sodium: 1173mg | Potassium: 118mg | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 10.1mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 2.6mg