Flavorful and Spicy Shrimp with Cilantro and Lime that tastes amazing and is ready in just minutes!  Perfect as an appetizer, on top of a salad or even as a main dish!


It’s official.  I’m obsessed with summertime.

I mean y’all know how much I love the fresh fruit that comes hand-in-hand with this time of year, but seafood is definitely my next favorite.

I came across this recipe by complete happenstance (sorry…who says that word?) and completely fell in love with the spice rub.  I mean whoever thought mixing spicy cayenne pepper with sweet cinnamon was a damn bloody genius.  I used tiny little shrimp that I already had in my freezer, but this recipe would definitely be best with large fresh shrimp!You can choose to saute them in a pan with a little butter OR just skewer them up and throw them on the grill!  Grilling is definitely the healthier option (and more flavorful in my opinion) so I would highly recommend going that route.  Of course since I live in a tiny apartment and they refuse to allow me to have a grill on my deck, I went ahead and just cooked these on the stove.  But I think putting them on skewers would be amazing and would certainly make for a fabulous presentation, if I do say so myself.

PS I’m moving asap.


Another reason I love summer is because of all the constant plans I have!  My weekends are literally booked through the beginning of September with either lake trips, weddings, concerts or cookouts.  I freaking love my life.  Well this weekend was certainly no exception, Friday night was my friend Cassie’s birthday so we headed up to a rooftop bar in Arlington to celebrate.  Great friends, yummy drinks and gorgeous weather, I honestly couldn’t have asked for a more perfect night.

Hope you enjoy these shrimps!

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Spicy Shrimp with Cilantro and Lime

Flavorful and Spicy Shrimp with Cilantro and Lime that tastes amazing and is ready in just minutes!  Perfect as an appetizer, on top of a salad or even as a main dish!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime wedges
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  • To make the seasoning, mix together the salt, paprika, cumin, curry powder, cayenne and cinnamon. Sprinkle over shrimp and toss to combine.
  • For grilling: Preheat your grill on medium heat and spray with cooking spray to prevent shrimp from sticking. Thread shrimp on skewers and place on grill for 1 to 2 minutes (until pink) then turn over and cook an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on how you like them. Squeeze lime juice over top and garnish with chopped cilantro, if desired.
  • For pan frying: In a large skillet, melt about a tablespoon of light butter over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally for about 3 to 5 minutes. Shrimp should be opaque throughout. Squeeze lime juice over top and garnish with chopped cilantro, if desired. Enjoy!


Serving: 1/4th of recipe | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.5g | Protein: 34.5g | Fat: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Sharon says:

    I am from Scotland and somehow came across your blog and have completely fallen in love with your blog!! I love it and there are so many lovely recipes I want to try! I have just embarked on a diet and have started a blog myself to try and keep myself focused. This recipe was delicious and I’ve added it to my blog (with reference to yourself of course) – I hope that is ok.
    Sharon X

  2. Dee says:

    Yum! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Yannelien says:

    omnomnom, looks really delicious!!!!

  4. Rachel says:

    Um…I think I have to make this tonight. It looks AWESOME!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Wow your blog is awesome…i got here via a quinoa muffin recipie but i’m glad i did!! Keep up the great work…and the fact you’re a rascal flatts fan is even better… i saw them last week ont here first tour down under!! xx

  6. All That I'm Eating says:

    This sounds wonderful! I bet the lime makes it lovely and clean.