Tangy, spicy, and seriously herbaceous, this chili lime shrimp recipe might just be your new healthy obsession.
Chili Lime Shrimp — Quick and Full of Flavor
With so much work to do and very little time on our hands, we probably have one thing in common: a liking for quick, easy meals. Those that come together in just one pan are even better — easy to make loads of, easier to clean.
Today, we’re sharing just that kind of fool-proof, hassle-free recipe but with a healthy addition: chili lime shrimp. Loaded with spice and cooked just so in butter and garlic goodness, these tangy and spicy shrimp are great over cooked rice or tossed with angel hair. It’s also filled with the fresh aroma of cilantro, which pairs perfectly well with the buttery garlicky sauce.
Even better, you can add as much lime juice or chili powder as you want, tailoring the experience to your preference.
Healthy eating, according to the USDA, involves the gaining of sufficient micronutrients while setting out certain dietary limits. This recipe may not be packed with tons of veggies, but it is still a healthy dish with a moderate nutritional profile.
In particular, it contains 476 calories, 4.6 g saturated fats, and 564.7 mg sodium within each serving. These are the aspects we want to regulate when formulating main dishes, and these numbers are within the upper limits.
At Healthy Recipes 101, we like to pair dishes to make meals that are both delicious and nutrient rich. This shrimp and rice dish is paired with an avocado salad and orange juice, providing plenty of vitamin C, among many more nutrients in various amounts.
The Ingredients Are Very Basic.
There are peeled shrimp, limes, garlic, butter, spices, lots of cilantro, and of course, cooked rice:
If convenience is your top priority, add frozen shrimp to your shopping list. Unlike fresh shrimp, they come already peeled and deveined and don’t need to be thawed prior, either. Fresh shrimp, however, will work just as well — we list both the measurements for whole shrimp and peeled shrimp in the recipe card.
Limes and shrimp are the perfect pair — some people even eat boiled shrimp with a lime juice, salt, and pepper dip. Make sure to buy plenty of limes as you’ll also need some slices for decoration.
Besides the garlic and butter, you’ll need some hot spices like cayenne or red chili powder. We also use paprika, but for its red shade rather than its heat. Cajun also complements the shrimp nicely. Finally, some cumin to complete the flavor profile.
For measurements, check out our ‘chili lime shrimp recipe’ card at the bottom.
Storage and Reheating
This meal is both fridge and freezer friendly. Seal it up in airtight containers and store it in the fridge for 5 days, or place it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Label the containers with dates so you’ll know when they expire.
To reheat, simply stir this dish in a saucepan with some water, until the shrimp is heated through. It’s usually 2 minutes if refrigerated, and up to 5 minutes if frozen.
The rice, also, can be stored in the same manner. To serve, either steam the rice for about 10 minutes or microwave it with some hot water, 1 tbsp per 1 cup.
If your fridge is already filling up, start using sealable bags instead of containers. You can divide the dish into small portions, each placed into a different bag so you can thaw just the amount you want.
What to Serve With
We’re pairing the tangy, hot-spiced dish with a creamy avocado salad with fresh tomatoes and a basic lemon dressing. All is completed with a glass of ‘simply’ orange juice, a classic tart-sweet refresher.
Melt 2 1/2 tbsp butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, until melted. Stir in 1 tbsp garlic and sauté until fragrant.
Add 13 oz peeled shrimp along with 1 tbsp lime juice, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning, 1/4 tsp chili powder, and 1/4 tsp cumin. Stir to cook for about 5 minutes.
Turn off the heat and garnish with 1/4 cup cilantro, 2 oz lime slices, and 6 dried chilis.
Enjoy with 4 cups of cooked rice.
Chili Lime Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 476Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Vitamin A 451IU
Vitamin C 6mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.