Grilled Chili Lime Shrimp

Grilled Chili Lime Shrimp

If you have 30 minutes, you can whip up a platter of grilled chili lime shrimp with spicy lime crema and wow your family at dinner tonight! It’s a perfect balance of spicy, citrusy, and smoky deliciousness that uses ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Grilled Chili lime shrimp with a bowl of creamy lime crema on a wooden board.

I like to serve the shrimp with a Grilled Romaine Salad, Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad, Balsamic Fruit Salad, and a pitcher of Strawberry Moscow Mules for a summery menu that’s worth looking forward to all day long!

Ingredients Needed

  • Sour cream – I like using full-fat sour cream, but use what you like or have on hand.
  • Lime juice – use fresh for the best flavor.
  • Lime zest
  • Chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper
  • Honey – you could also use maple syrup, agave syrup, or corn syrup
  • Hot sauce – I used Frank’s.
  • Cilantro
  • Olive oil – you could also use vegetable oil.
  • Fresh garlic
  • Shrimp – I like using large shrimp because I think it has the best texture. Don’t use anything smaller than medium shrimp because it will be too small and will be tough. The shrimp should be peeled and deveined but with the tail on.

Closeup of grilled chili lime shrimp on a wooden serving board garnished with sliced limes and a bowl of homemade lime crema.

Steps To Make This Recipe

  1. Mix all of the ingredients for the crema and chill until needed.
  2. Next, stir together the paprika, chili powder, cumin, lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil in a bowl.  Add the shrimp, toss to coat and allow to marinate for about 30 minutes.
  3. Skewer the shrimp and grill for 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Serve the shrimp with the sauce.
  5. Enjoy.

Could a meal get any easier?

Side view of grilled chili lime shrimp on a wooden board garnished with slices of lime and a bowl of homemade lime crema.

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Closeup of grilled chili lime shrimp on a wooden serving board garnished with sliced limes and a bowl of homemade lime crema.

Grilled Chili Lime Shrimp


Description

If you have 30 minutes, you can whip up a platter of grilled chili lime shrimp with spicy lime crema and wow your family at dinner tonight! Its a perfect balance of spicy, citrusy, and smoky deliciousness that uses ingredients you probably already have on hand.


Ingredients

Scale

For the crema:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon honey

For the shrimp:

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 pound large-size shrimp (31/35 size)

Instructions

Make the crema.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, lime juice, lime zest, chili powder, salt, hot sauce, cilantro, and honey until smooth and well combined.  Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate until ready to use.

Make the marinade.

Combine the paprika, chili powder, cumin, lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil, and honey in a large bowl until well combined.  Add the shrimp and gently toss to coat completely.  Cover the bowl and marinate for 15 minutes to 30 minutes. Don’t marinate longer than 30 minutes or the citrus juice will ‘cook’ the shrimp, as it does in ceviche, causing it to become tough when you grill them.

Turn your gas grill to high.

Skewer the shrimp on metal skewers.

Brush the grill grates with vegetable oil.

Grill the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side or until they just turn opaque.  Do not overcook the shrimp.

Remove them as soon as they turn pink.

Serve the shrimp with the sauce on the side.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish - Seafood
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: grilled chili lime shrimp, grilled shrimp, citrus shrimp, shrimp recipes, weeknight dinner recipes, easy dinner recipes, healthy dinner recipes, crema recipes

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