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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


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.



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)


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

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