This Cilantro Lime Shrimp is incredibly flavorful and so easy to make. You can serve it as a main dish or use the shrimp in rice bowls, salads, tacos, or quesadillas!

One-Pan Cilantro Lime Shrimp

When it comes to creating quick and easy meals, shrimp is one of my go-to protein sources! Not only does it cook in minutes, but shrimp pairs well with a variety of spices and seasonings which make them incredibly versatile.

If you also love shrimp then you’re going to love this Cilantro Lime Shrimp recipe packed with plenty of bright citrus, fresh herbs, and a bit of butter for the best flavor. You can serve the shrimp as a light meal with your favorite sides or on top of a salad or in lettuce wraps. If you want to make things even more filling serve them with your favor tortillas, rice, cheese, beans, and a variety of toppings!

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cilantro lime shrimp ingredients in small bowls

Recipe Ingredients

Shrimp: you’ll need two pounds of jumbo shrimp. Make sure to peel and devein them before you begin cooking! 

Lime juice and zest: the best seafood recipes contain a touch of citrus, and this cilantro lime shrimp recipe is no exception!

Seasonings: you’ll need chipotle powder, paprika, cumin, onion powder, salt, and pepper. 

Butter: use this to form the base of the sauce. I highly recommend using a pasture-raised butter like Kerrygold, because it will have more flavor.

Scallions and garlic: for even more flavor.

Cilantro: last but certainly not least!

How to Make Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Step One: Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels. Then, season them with the lime zest and spices. 

Step Two: Heat a large pan over medium-high heat, and add the oil. 

Step Three: Add the shrimp to the pan, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove the shrimp from the pan. 

Step Four: Add the butter to the same pan, and swirl it around until melted. Next, add the scallion and garlic, and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until fragrant. Lastly, add the lime juice, and stir to combine. 

Step Five: Remove the pan from the heat, and add the shrimp along with the cilantro. Toss until well combined. 

Can I Grill the Shrimp? 

Yes! Season the shrimp with lime zest, seasonings, and oil and then place them on skewers. If you’re using wooden skewers don’t forget to soak them! Next place the shrimp on a heated grill. The shrimp will only need a minute or two of cooking time on each side.

shrimp and cilantro in skillet with serving fork

Serving Suggestions

I love to serve the shrimp over a bowl of cilantro lime rice with toppings like black beans and guacamole. However, you can also use it to create: 

  • Tacos and Quesadillas: start with your favorite tortillas. Then, add cheese and beans, or pile on your favorite toppings.
  • Salads: for a lighter option, start with a base of greens. Then, add the shrimp and other toppings, and toss the ingredients with your favorite salad dressing like this homemade jalapeño ranch
  • Lettuce Wraps: fold your shrimp in butter or romaine lettuce leaves. 
shrimp in bowl with serving spoon

How to Store and Reheat

This recipe is best served right away while the shrimp are warm. However, leftovers can be transferred to an airtight container and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Reheat your cilantro lime shrimp in a skillet over medium heat or in the microwave. Or, enjoy them cold! 

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I hope you give this Cilantro Lime Shrimp a try! They are so easy to make and so flavorful! If you do give this recipe a try, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @allthehealthythings on INSTAGRAM. Your reviews and ratings help support All the Healthy Things and make it possible for me to continue to create the recipes you trust and love.

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shrimp in blow with grilled limes

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican Inspired
  • Diet: Gluten Free


 Cilantro Lime Shrimp is a quick, easy, and incredibly flavorful recipe! Serve the shrimp in rice bowls, salads, tacos, quesadillas, or with your favorite sides for a filling meal! 


  • 2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Garlic Butter Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro 


  1. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and then season with lime zest and spices. 
  2. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the olive oil.
  3. Add the shrimp to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. 
  4. Remove the shrimp from the pan and turn the heat to medium low. Next, add the butter to the pan and swirl until melted. Next, add the scallion and garlic and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute until fragrant. Lastly, add the lime juice and stir until well combined. 
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and add the shrimp back to the pan along with the cilantro. Toss until well combined. 

Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: THE MINDFUL HAPA

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