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Monday, November 14, 2016

Fast & Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Need a quick meal? One of the things I love about shrimp is that it cooks up so quickly - on the stove or on the grill. This Cilantro Lime Shrimp is ready in less than 15 minutes. 

Eclectic Red Barn: Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp

If you have fresh shrimp that are ready to go, it takes 10 or 15 minutes to cook. If you are starting with frozen shrimp, you might have to add another 10 minutes to defrost it. Cilantro and lime are one of those master combinations, which works well with steak, chicken, fish, and especially shrimp.

Eclectic Red Barn: Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Start with some garlic in a little oil in a hot pan. Toss in the shrimp, stir a little, cook a little, and when the shrimp are pink, turn off the heat and add the cilantro and lime. That’s it! Couldn’t be easier, and now you have a perfect little light meal. Fast and easy!

Serve alone, over rice, or in a folded heated flour or corn tortilla.

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Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp

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If you are using frozen shrimp, defrost them by placing them in a bowl of ice water or cold water. Adding a little salt to the water will help the shrimp retain their briny flavor.


  • 2 Tbsp high smoke point oil such as grape seed oil, or canola oil
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1-2 Tbsp lime juice


1 Place a large sauté pan or a wok over your strongest burner on high heat. Let the pan heat up for a minute and then add the oil. Let the oil heat until it's shimmering. If it starts to smoke, remove the pan from the heat for a moment.

2 Add the shrimp and garlic to the pan and sprinkle with salt. Toss to coat with oil. Let the shrimp cook undisturbed for 1 minute before tossing again so they get a little bit of a sear. Stir-fry until cooked through, about 2-3 minutes.

3. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve over rice, in lettuce leaves, or in a flour or corn tortilla.

 You could also put this shrimp on the grill. I use a grill pan, it makes it easy to cook when I don't use skewers.

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