This recipe for cilantro lime shrimp with mango avocado salsa is a quick yet impressive dinner or appetizer that’s full of flavor and color. Best of all, it’s ready in just 20 minutes!
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Two out of my three kids are now eating shrimp, which means it’s on the dinner table much more often than before. Usually I go for the mid-priced medium shrimp, but for these cilantro lime shrimp I splurged and bought the giant ones. This is a super easy recipe that works as a main course or an appetizer. The shrimp are simply seasoned with garlic, lime juice and cilantro and served with a bright and colorful salsa.
I’ll be the first to admit that I have a weakness for fruit based salsas – the sweetness goes so well with many types of protein, including these succulent shrimp. I went with a mango-bell pepper-avocado combination here that’s as colorful as it is delicious.
You can serve the salsa on the side as a dip, or spooned over the top of your cilantro lime shrimp. Sometimes when I’m serving this dish as an appetizer I include a basket of chips to use for scooping up any leftover salsa. If you’re serving these cilantro lime shrimp as a main course, I recommend a side of coconut rice.
Whether you’re looking for a summery party appetizer or a quick dinner, these cilantro lime shrimp fit the bill. You could even serve them with tortillas to make tacos, the possibilities are endless!
Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Mango Avocado Salsa
- For the shrimp:
- 1 pound of extra large shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
- the juice of 1 lime
- salt and pepper to taste
- For the mango avocado salsa:
- 1 cup diced mango
- 1 cup diced avocado
- the juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 cup minced red bell pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup minced red onion
- salt to taste
- For the shrimp: Heat the oil in a large pan over high heat.
- Season the shrimp generously with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally until shrimp are pink and opaque.
- Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
- Stir in the lime juice and cilantro and serve with mango avocado salsa.
- For the salsa: Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and serve with the shrimp.