Spicy Cilantro Garlic Shrimp

Shrimp are my new favorite protein.

They're healthy, great with everything and take about 10 minutes to prepare. With a toddler and a puppy driving me completely bonkers come 5pm, I can't think of anything better. Plus, Octavian loves shrimp.

Oh, and you guys, Octavian went CRAZY for this shrimp. The husband and I couldn't get it on his plate fast enough. 

Marinated in a spicy cilantro garlic sauce, each little shrimp is bursting with flavor. I highly recommend doubling the the recipe for the marinade and saving the second half for serving. It's delicious!

We ate these beautiful crustaceans wrapped in warm tortillas on a bed of crunchy cabbage. Drizzled with extra sauce and some chopped tomatoes, of course.

So simple. So easy. Sooooo goooood! The perfect meal to kick-start spring (since it looks like it's April in California).

Spicy Cilantro Garlic Shrimp

Prep Time: 10 minutes / Cook Time: 6-10 minutes / Total Time: 16-20 minutes
Yield: enough shrimp for 2-4 people


3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup packed cilantro
Juice of two large limes
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder (if you like it spicy)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon butter
1 pound large shrimp, cleaned with tails and shells on (you could buy them peeled if you prefer)


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine all ingredients except the butter and shrimp. Pulse until combined. Taste and make any necessary adjustments. In a large ziplock bag or bowl, combine marinade and shrimp and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes (no more than one hour).

  2. When ready to cook, heat a large skillet over high heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons of butter and then add the shrimp in a single layer to prevent overcrowding (you may need to do this in two batches). Reduce heat to medium low. After one minute, flip the shrimp and saute for an additional 2-3 minutes or until completely cooked. Discard any additional marinade.

  3. Serve over rice or salad and garnish with a squeeze of fresh lime.


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