This recipe for cilantro lime shrimp is tender shrimp sauteed with butter, garlic, cumin, lime juice and fresh cilantro. A quick and easy meal option that’s ready in minutes!

You can never go wrong with shrimp dinner recipes. Some of my favorites include bacon wrapped shrimp, shrimp linguine, shrimp etouffee and this simple yet satisfying cilantro lime shrimp.

A serving bowl of cilantro lime shrimp with lime wedges in it.

I’m always searching for meals that are full of flavor, but easy to put together on those super busy weeknights. This cilantro lime shrimp definitely fits the bill!

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Ingredients

Bowls of ingredients including butter, garlic, shrimp and cumin.

To make this reicpe, you will need shrimp, lime juice, cilantro, butter, garlic, cumin, salt and black pepper.

How Do You Make Cilantro Lime Shrimp?

Melt the butter in a large skillet, then season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Place the shrimp in the pan and cook until they are pink and opaque, which should take 3-4 minutes. Stir in the cumin and garlic, and cook for one more minute. Finally, add the lime juice and cilantro and toss gently to combine. Serve the shrimp immediately. You can add some lime wedges and cilantro sprigs for garnish for a more elegant presentation.

Shrimp being cooked in a pan with garlic, butter and herbs.

Tips For The Perfect Dish

  • I recommend using extra large shrimp for this dish. You can use smaller shrimp, you may just need to cook the shrimp for one minute less. Look for 16-20 count or 21-25 count shrimp.
  • You can use fresh or frozen shrimp in this dish. If you’re going with frozen, make sure that they are thawed, and pat them dry with a paper towel so that they’ll sear properly.
  • Leftovers will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  • You can remove the tails from the shrimp, or leave them on for a more elegant presentation.
  • Serve your cilantro lime shrimp with Mexican insired sides such as black beans and rice, black bean and corn salad or Mexican corn salad. You can also pair this dish with corn tortillas or flour tortillas to make cilantro lime shrimp tacos!

Quick Tip

Use freshly squeezed lime juice for the best flavor.

A pan of shrimp with a spoon in it.

Recipe FAQs

Is it better to cook shrimp with butter or oil?

I prefer to cook shrimp in butter, as butter is more flavorful than oil. Shrimp and butter pair perfectly together flavor wise. You can substitute olive oil for butter if you prefer to make this a dairy free dish.

Which spice goes well with shrimp?

Shrimp always benefit from a good seasoning of salt pepper. They also pair well with spices including cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, coriander and turmeric.

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Cilantro lime shrimp on a plate with rice, beans and salsa.

Flavor Variations

This recipe is great as-is, but you can easily customize some of the ingredients to suit your taste.

  • Protein: Swap out the shrimp for scallops or bite sized pieces of salmon or chicken.
  • Herbs: No cilantro on hand? You can use 2 tablespoons of sliced green onions instead.
  • Spices: Feel free to add more spices such as coriander, chili powder, Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper or onion powder.
  • Toppings: Finish the dish with some hot sauce, fresh lime zest, a drizzle of sour cream, fresh avocado or a sprinkle of cotija cheese.

Once you try this cilantro lime shrimp, you’ll find yourself making it on a regular basis. It’s fresh, flavorful and pairs well with a variety of sides! It’s one of my all time favorite shrimp recipes.

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp

AuthorSara Welch
A serving bowl of cilantro lime shrimp with lime wedges in it.
This recipe for cilantro lime shrimp is tender shrimp sauteed with butter, garlic, cumin, lime juice and fresh cilantro. A quick and easy meal option that's ready in minutes!
Time
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Serves 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound extra large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • cilantro springs and lime wedges for garnish

Instructions 

  • Melt the butter in a large pan over high heat.
  • Season the shrimp generously with the salt and pepper.
  • Add the shrimp and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally until shrimp are pink and opaque.
  • Add the garlic and cumin and cook for 1 minute more.
  • Stir in the lime juice and cilantro.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro sprigs and lime wedges if desired.

Notes

  1. You can use any size shrimp in this dish, but I recommend using large shrimp that are at 16-20 count or 21-25 count.
  2. Leftovers will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  3. You can remove the tails of the shrimp, or leave them on for a more elegant presentation.

Nutrition

Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 461mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g

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  1. 5 stars
    These shrimp are delicious. I made a batch and have been eating them on salads at work all week. They make the perfect lunch.

  2. 5 stars
    The flavors were so fresh and bright, and the shrimp cooked up perfectly. It’s a quick and easy dish that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner. I’ll definitely be making this again!