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Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Cilantro lime shrimp is a quick dinner recipe that you can get on the table in less than 20 minutes. Full of bright citrus flavor with a little kick!

We went to the beach last fall and it was glorious for a lot of reasons.

Number 1 – the beach was beautiful. It was our first trip to Destin, Florida and I was not expecting such beauty. The water was crystal clear and emerald green. The sand was white and soft.

shrimp in a skillet surrounded by cilantro and limes

Number 2 – the company was good. I went with my mama, daughter, and niece. I’m all about a girls’ trip and we all laughed together so much. <3

Number 3 – the food! Destin is a total foodie town. So much fun stuff to try and my daughter finally tried shrimp and fell in love. I actually wrote about the Best Places to Eat in Destin, FL on my other blog, but only check it out if you don’t mind photos of all-the-carbs. 😉

I’m on a mission to cook more shrimp at home now that the kids are more likely to eat it. My garlic butter shrimp is a favorite!

How to cook cilantro lime shrimp:

To start, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Swirl in a little avocado oil and let that get good and hot.

cilantro shrimp cooking in a skillet

Add your peeled and deveined shrimp to the skillet. We left the tails on, because they photograph prettier that way, but feel free to do tail-off for easier eating.

Season the shrimp with a little cumin and cayenne. Sprinkle on some salt as well.

Let the shrimp cook, stirring occasionally, until they’re cooked just about cooked through. This should take about 5 minutes.

Dump in a bunch of minced garlic and give everything a stir.

shrimp in skillet with lime and cilantro

Squeeze a lime over the shrimp. I love the bright flavor citrus gives to food!

Remove the shrimp from the heat and sprinkle on a bunch of chopped cilantro.

That’s it, friends! You have cilantro lime shrimp ready to eat!

Serve this over some cauliflower rice (or go big with my cilantro lime cauliflower rice!) or in a lettuce wrap. Cilantro lime shrimp taco lettuce wraps sure sound good to me!

close up of shrimp in a skillet

More low carb dinners you’ll love: 

Baked Cod: Ready in less than 30 minutes and only 1 net carb per serving!

Garlic Butter Shrimp: I love how easy shrimp is to prepare and this one is bursting with garlic butter!

Best Pork Tenderloin Recipe: Did you know that my pork tenderloin is ready in less than 30 minutes? And ooh, it’s so good!

Low Carb Soup: Calling all taco lovers!! This taco soup is so simple and can be made in the Instant Pot or slow cooker!

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A close up of food, with Shrimp and Lime

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Cilantro Lime Shrimp are bursting with bright citrus flavor and a little kick of cayenne. 

Yield 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes


  • 24 ounces large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, more to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp and sprinkle with the salt, cumin, and cayenne. 
  2. Cook, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes or until shrimp is pink and opaque. 
  3. Add the garlic to the skillet and cook for 1 minute more. 
  4. Remove from heat and add the lime juice and cilantro. Stir well to combine.
  5. Serve immediately.


Add additional cayenne pepper for more or a spicy kick.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 359mgSodium: 1250mgCarbohydrates: 2gNet Carbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 38g

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3 thoughts on “Cilantro Lime Shrimp”

  1. Christine D Vear

    After trying this recipe I now buy shrimp regularly. Thanks so much for this. It’s so simple and easy and full of flavor.

  2. Susie Kirkland

    I made this last night, but instead of cooking it on the stove top I put the oil in a baking sheet, added the shrimp, cilantro and seasonings, and then sliced two limes into thin rounds and placed the limes on top of the shrimp while cooking. I also squeezed some of the lime juice on the shrimp before cooking and after with the cooked limes. It came out fantastic! Thanks for the dinner inspiration!

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