Pan Seared Shrimp with Chipotle Lime Glaze

Here’s a nice, light-style Mexican dinner recipe:  Pan Seared Shrimp with Chipotle Lime Glaze

Easy, fresh, and super-quick. Not spicy. The “glaze” is a simple mixture of chipotle chiles in adobo + some of the sauce, brown sugar, lime juice and cilantro. The whole recipe requires minimal prep and cooking time (especially if you buy the shrimp already peeled and deveined.)

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Pan Seared Shrimp with Chipotle Lime Glaze

Excellent, easy and low fat! Can't get much better than that!


1 whole chipotle chile in adobo, minced
2 teaspoons adobo sauce (from the chipotles in adobo can)
4 teaspoons light brown sugar, packed
2 Tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds extra- large shrimp (21 to 25 per pound), peeled & de-veined
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon granulated white sugar


1. Prepare glaze: In a small bowl, combine glaze ingredients and stir to mix. Set aside.

2. Heat 1/2 Tablespoon of oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat until smoking. Meanwhile, toss shrimp, salt, pepper and sugar in a medium bowl. Add half of the shrimp to the pan in a single layer and cook until spotty brown and the edges turn pink, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from heat. Using tongs, flip each shrimp and let stand until all but the center is opaque, about 30 seconds. Transfer the shrimp to a large plate. Repeat with the remaining 1/2 Tablespoon oil and the remaining shrimp.

3. After the second batch has stood off the heat, return the first batch to the skillet. Add the glaze mixture and toss until combined. Cover the skillet and let stand until the shrimp are cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve immediately.


*Chipotles in adobo sauce can be found in the Latin aisle of your supermarket or in specialty markets.
*If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN FREE, the La Costena brand of chipotles in adobo is noted as GF.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 6 shrimp
Calories per serving: 239
Fat per serving: 7g
Saturated Fat per serving: 1g
Sugar per serving: 4.7g
Fiber per serving: .18g
Protein per serving: 34.72g
Cholesterol per serving: 259mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 7.6g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 6 Old Points Program: 5.5

SOURCE: (Adapted from America's Test Kitchen )

5 Responses to “Pan Seared Shrimp with Chipotle Lime Glaze”

  1. postedMar 26, 2009 5:13 PM

    This one is heading to the printer. Dinner Saturday night!

  2. postedMar 24, 2010 12:46 PM

    This looks absolutely mouthwatering. The family loves shrimp and this gives it a southwest flavor. Outstanding!

  3. postedAug 26, 2015 12:32 PM

    ! Just wondered – I am doing a sugar free diet – can I leave out the sugar in the glaze & with the shrimp without ruining this? Thank you!

    • August 29th, 2015 @ 9:13 PM

      I’m not sure, but let me know if you try it and have success!

  4. postedJun 12, 2016 11:36 PM
    Adriana Montanez

    My daughters, ages 14 and 18, made this dish for me on Mother’s Day.  It was easy, quick, and delicious.  I did not have to assist them in any way. 

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