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Chili lime shrimp in a serving bowl with green aioli for dipping.

Chili Lime Shrimp

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Created by Mariam E.
Chili Lime Shrimp is light, low carb and bursting with flavor. Chili powder shrimp cooks in just minutes for a tasty lunch or dinner. A flavorful chili lime sauce for shrimp is made with simple ingredients like lime juice, garlic, chili powder and olive oil. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ½ lb jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined, tail ON
  • Green aioli to serve (optional)
  • Lime wedges to garnish


  • In a small bowl combine the ingredients to marinade; olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, lime zest, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour the prepared marinade over the shrimp and allow the shrimp to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat a large skillet over a medium flame, add the marinated shrimp and cook until the shrimp turns pink and opaque.
  • Once done transfer the shrimp to a serving plate and drizzle aioli on top and garnish with lime wedges and serve.


  • If using shrimp with shells, peel them before marinating. 
  • I prefer to leave the tails on the shrimp. It makes them easy to pick up for eating. 
  • Marinate the shrimp for at least 30 minutes but not more than a few hours or the shrimp can become mushy. 
  • Shrimp cooks fast, so don’t walk away. The shrimp will be ready as soon as they turn an opaque pink color. 
  • Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice just before serving. 
  • For a smokier flavor, add a bit of smoked paprika. 
  • To make the shrimp spicier, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper.


Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 1263mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 1mg
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