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Easy Healthy Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp makes a great healthy appetizer or meal. It’s quick and easy to make and delicious to eat! It brings summer home any time of year

A plate cooked shrimp garnished with fresh cilantro next to squeezed lime.Shrimp is one of those ingredients that we, in the midwest, have to buy frozen. That being said, “fresh frozen” can be enjoyed all year round. Even though it makes me want to sit out on my patio and enjoy it in a ceviche, I’d be as frozen as the shrimp right now if I did at certain times of the year. This Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp can be made all year round and brings summer to my house any time of year.

A close up of cooked shrimp garnished with cilantro.We love shrimp. It is healthy and I can serve it in so many different ethnic dishes because it picks up flavor profiles very quickly. If I marinate it, I generally limit the marinating time to 15 to 30 minutes. Longer, and I believe you lose that actual flavor of the shrimp. Most of the time I will do a quick spice rub with a little oil, which is what I did in this recipe.

Another great thing about shrimp is that it cooks so quickly. We grill it or skewer it with veggies but my favorite way to cook it is to bake it. The texture isn’t rubbery and never dry. Best of all in 10 minutes, they’re ready to eat.

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A plate cooked shrimp garnished with fresh cilantro next to squeezed lime.

Easy Healthy Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Author: Julie Menghini
Cilantro Lime Shrimp is a great appetizer or meal. It's quick and easy to make and delicious to eat! 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword: Cilantro Lime Shrimp, Shrimp
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 lb raw shrimp cleaned and deveined
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper ground
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper ground
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin


  • Preheat oven to 400F° and place a cooling rack on a baking sheet.  Spray the rack with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, drizzle raw shrimp with olive oil until they are lightly coated. Add cumin, cayenne, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Mix until coated.
  • Lay shrimp on the prepared rack. Bake undisturbed for 8 to 10 minutes. Don't overcook.
  • Allow shrimp to cool slightly.   Place on a serving tray or bowl. Coat with lime juice and fresh cilantro.  Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.


I serve shrimp cold.


Calories: 83kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 15gFat: 1gCholesterol: 190mgSodium: 706mgPotassium: 77mgVitamin A: 75IUVitamin C: 6.5mgCalcium: 116mgIron: 1.9mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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I serve these shrimp cold. They don’t need a sauce or dip but you can use a cocktail sauce if desired.

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A plate cooked shrimp garnished with fresh cilantro next to squeezed lime.

Post updated with minor recipe changes and new photos 9/25/17.

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp Recipe - Kathryn's Kitchen

Friday 8th of July 2022

[…] Heart.  This freaky Friday round is a Summer edition and I was thrilled I got to share this Cilantro Lime Shrimp Recipe from my friend, Julie at Hostess At […]

Sally T

Saturday 30th of May 2020

Oh my husband will love these! It's easy and quick!

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Tuesday 19th of January 2016

[…] If you want another easy seafood appetizer, how about taking a look at my Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp? […]


Sunday 22nd of February 2015

So many delicious flavors in one dish! I just LOVE cilantro and lime, so I can't wait to try this one.

Julie is HostessAtHeart

Sunday 22nd of February 2015

Thank you Nora! It's a great way to have a little bit of summer during the winter months. Thank you for stopping by!


Tuesday 17th of February 2015

Hey Julie! Popped over to your blog after seeing your comment! This cilantro lime shrimp looks divine!! Want to eat that for lunch! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

Julie is HostessAtHeart

Tuesday 17th of February 2015

Thank you so much for visiting! I just love shrimp. It is so versatile.

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