Last Updated on July 8, 2022 by Kathryn Donangelo
This quick and easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp recipe will satisfy your shrimp cravings. Juicy shrimp is seasoned, baked, then coated in lime juice and fresh cilantro!
You can make this recipe in less than 30 minutes since these shrimp only bake for a few minutes. Once the seasoned shrimp is baked, it gets tossed in fresh lime juice and cilantro creating a refreshing and delicious flavor.
Use fresh or frozen shrimp and make this dish year round. The bright and citrusy flavors of the shrimp make the perfect combination and you’ll love that this is healthy! Our favorite way to enjoy this is in tacos with homemade guacamole and salsa, yummmm!
Shrimp: The star ingredient! I use fresh or frozen medium-sized shrimp. You want to be sure the shrimp is raw because it needs to bake.
Cilantro: be sure you use fresh cilantro and you can use more or less if you wish. The cilantro will add a citrusy, peppery, and earthy flavor.
Lime juice: fresh is best for this. You’ll need the juice of one full lime. You can always add more if you want your shrimp to have extra lime flavor. The lime will add a bright and tangy flavor with a hint of sweetness. Feel free to add lime zest too (I always do for more flavor).
Olive oil: extra virgin olive oil provides the best flavor however, you can use any other type of neutral oil or melted butter.
Seasonings: you’ll need cumin, cayenne, garlic powder, salt and pepper to coat the shrimp.
HOW TO MAKE CILANTRO LIME SHRIMP
It’s that time again…for another fun blog hop that’s been hosted by Michaela from An Affair From the Heart. This freaky Friday round is a Summer edition and I was thrilled I got to share this Cilantro Lime Shrimp Recipe from my friend, Julie at Hostess At Heart.
This blog hop is fun because each food blogger that’s apart of the group is secretly assigned to another food blogger and we select a summer-inspired themed recipe from their blog, recreate it, photograph it, try it, and then share it on our own blogs. I had an amazing time browsing through the hundreds of mouth watering recipes Julie has on her site.
Julie is a wife, mother, and grandmother that loves cooking with family and friends. Her and her husband love entertaining and creating simple, inexpensive, and impressive recipes. You can immediately tell just how passionate Julie is about cooking and baking just by looking at her recipes! Julie has a plethora of recipes on her site from appetizers, pies, sandwiches, pastas, salads, muffins, and more! She also has a how-to section on her blog where she shares handy kitchen tips and tricks.
I love shrimp so that’s why I choose this specific recipe and it’s just perfect for hot summer days! It was hard to pick just one so I’ll have to go back and try the others I had my eyes on like this Strawberry Cheesecake Salad, Italian Beef Sandwich, Fresh Peach Pie, and No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares. Be sure to check out other delicious recipes Julie has on her blog! 🙂
See all of our 2022 Freaky Friday Summer Edition Recipes
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- Aunt Bee’s Recipes – Breakfast Egg Bites
- The Culinary Compass – Pull Apart Garlic Bread
- Devour Dinner – BBQ Nachos
- Family Around the Table – Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad
- Feast + West – Peach Whiskey Smash
- Home Cooked Harvest – Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
- Hostess at Heart – Peanut Butter Cookie
- Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog – Cilantro Lime Shrimp Recipe
- Life Currents – Jalapeño Poppers Puffs
- Off the Eaten Path – Cheerwine Bourbon Slush Cocktails
- The Speckled Palate – Lemon Cooler Cookies
- Sue Bee Homemaker – Fruit Dip Without Marshmallow Cream
- The Wimpy Vegetarian – How to Make Enchilada Sauce
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS
- It’s packed with lean protein and low in fat.
- You can serve this as an appetizer, meal, or top it on salads, tacos, rice and veggies.
- It’s quick to make- you only need 25 minutes to make this from start to finish. Perfect for busy days!
- Enjoy it warm or cold. This shrimp is delicious both ways.
RECIPE TIPS & VARIATIONS
I always prefer wild-caught shrimp instead of farm-raised shrimp for better flavor, texture, and quality.
If you don’t want to use cilantro or have family members that don’t like the taste, swap the cilantro for fresh parsley and the lime for fresh lemons.
Make sure the shrimp is raw and not cooked as we will have to bake the shrimp in the oven.
Purchase shrimp that is already cleaned, peeled, and devined. This will save you TONS of time.
This shrimp is amazing in tacos, lettuce wraps, salads, skewers, etc. You can enjoy the prepared shrimp any way you want- the possibilities are endless!
LEFTOVERS & STORAGE
Shrimp has a shorter storage life than most proteins. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-4 days. Be sure to always smell the shrimp before eating it again. Enjoy leftovers cold or warm in the microwave.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH CILANTRO LIME SHRIMP
I love how versatile this recipe is. It can be made into a quick lunch or fancy dinner. Some of our favorite sides to serve with this Cilantro Lime Shrimp is: Caprese Salad, Avocado Salad, Vegetable Pasta Salad, or make this for your next Taco Tuesday and add to taco salads, nachos, or tostadas.
HOW TO DEVINE SHRIMP?
It’s not terrible if you eat the vine in shrimp, however removing it will provide better taste and texture. The vein can cause the shrimp to be gritty and sandy tasting at times so it’s always recommended to remove it.
- You want to be sure the shrimp is completely thawed if using frozen. Locate the vein in the shrimp and with a sharp knife make a very shallow cut.
- Use the tip of the knife or your finger to remove the vein.
- Rinse the shrimp under cold water and lay on a paper towel. Gently pat the shrimp to dry.
OTHER SHRIMP RECIPES
- Shrimp Fried Rice
- Spicy Honey Garlic Shrimp
- Easy Shrimp Ceviche
- Shrimp Stuffed Avocados
- Cilantro Lime Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
- Shrimp Spring Rolls
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Cilantro Lime Shrimp
- 1 pound raw medium shrimp; cleaned and devined
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup cilantro roughly chopped
- 1 lime juiced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place a cooling rack on a baking sheet and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium-sized bowl, add the shrimp and drizzle with olive oil and mix until lightly coated.
- Add cumin, cayenne, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix until shrimp is coated.
- Lay coated shrimp on prepared rack. Make sure they are not touching. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes- be sure not to overcook.
- Let the shrimp cool for a few minutes and place in a serving tray or bowl. Coat with lime juice and fresh cilantro. Stir and serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate.