Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Probably the most intensely perfect way to make shrimp. We won’t argue about it.

It’s sweet. It’s savory. It’s got attitude and pizazz and all the flavor.

And honestly, it’s so simple. We’ll zip up a quick marinade, let the shrimp bathe in it, sear ’em up and call it good.

Let us peepeth.

And listen, if you need some heat in this, you could slip in some chili crisp up front, or at the end. Either way, this is outrageously good.

Let’s get those peanuts toasted for extra omg.

Here’s our marinade. A bit of oil, sugar, acid, salt, cilantro and aromatics. I feel like this should really be the start to lit-rally everything.

The shrimp – I went with a pound of 16/20. So on the bigger side. But get what you want!

We’ll thaw, peel and devein them if they’re not already. Get them in this good sauce about half an hour.

Sear ’em up! This truly takes right at two minutes. One minute per side. They cook FAST so keep a timer on and your eagle eye peeeeeled, man.

I mean, look. We’ve garnished with our toasted peanuts, scattered fresh cilantro on top and added a healthy squeeze of lime juice to wake it all up. She is ready to rock. You will fall stupid in love.

The sweet crunch meets the flavorful marinade, it’s all just too much. Too much.

But not.

You could serve this really with anything. Over a bed of polenta, with crusty bread and a side of veggies. Fly, little bird.

Welcome to your new life.

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  • 1 pound (16/20) frozen shrimp, thawed and deveined
  • 2 Tbs. Sesame oil
  • 2 Tbs. Olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbs. Brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Lime zest
  • Juice from half the lime
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, minced
  • Toasted peanuts and extra cilantro, for garnish
  • Coarse salt


  1. In a medium bowl, add the minced cilantro and brown sugar, Then grate the garlic right in. Zest the lime in, along with the juice from half the lime. Add the sesame and olive oil. Sprinkle a little salt in, and give it a good whisk until smooth.
  2. Add the shrimp and gently toss to coat. Let this sit about 20 minutes so the favors can marry.
  3. Heat a wide skillet over medium high heat. Add the shrimp in a single layer and sear for about a minute. Flip and sear one more minute, until you see a little charring. Don’t overcook them! They go FAST. Slide them right onto a platter.
  4. Garnish with toasted peanuts, extra cilantro and a good squeeze of lime juice. Just divine. (Add some chili oil if you need a little heat!)
  5. Serve 4.

I’m like, still thinking about it.

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One Response to Cilantro Lime Shrimp

  1. Liz January 25, 2024 at 11:32 am #
    Another winner of a dinner : ) Can't wait to make it!

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