This Garlic Lime Shrimp recipe is quite unique, and very good. For a hungry family of 4, you may wish to triple the recipe!
We’re soon-to-be empty nesters, so I’m always looking for “recipes for two” to make for my husband and me. This Garlic Lime Shrimp is one of those recipes. It serves just two (though you can double or triple it quite easily), and it’s very simple to make. You can serve it on its own as a low carb meal or serve it over hot steamed rice with all of the garlic-lime juices drizzled over the top.
How to make Garlic Lime Shrimp:
You’ll need a heavy, medium skillet. Cast iron is great, but if you don’t have one then it’s okay to use another heavy skillet. Over medium heat, melt butter, and add lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, a little sugar, lime zest and cayenne pepper. Fresh shrimp is sauteed in this delicious mixture until it’s opaque and done. Add a little salt and pepper, and that’s it. It’s so easy to make!
I like to serve this dish with some extra lime wedges for squeezing. And rice is my favorite pairing with the shrimp and its juices. You can make regular steamed white or brown rice for serving, or you can go all-out-low-carb and make my Cauliflower Rice recipe.
How do you know when shrimp is done cooking?
Shrimp cooked very quickly, but you don’t want to eat it undercooked and you definitely don’t want it overcooked either! The best timing for cooking shrimp is about three or four minutes. Make sure you add all of the shrimp to the pan at the same time, and make sure they’re spread out in the pan evenly.
When properly cooked, the exterior should be pink with red tails and the flesh is slightly opaque and a little “white” in color. The shrimp will curl as they cook. Don’t let them cook so long that they curl tightly into a round ball. A more “C” shaped curl is what you’re looking for in perfectly cooked shrimp. It takes some practice!
If you are looking for a few more great shrimp recipes, try these:
- Pad Thai Shrimp
- Barbecued Shrimp with Remoulade Sauce
- Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp
- Easy Creamy Tuscan Shrimp
- Rotini with Shrimp
- Cheesy Shrimp and Grits
- Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers
- Honey Walnut Shrimp
Garlic Lime Shrimp
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon grated lime zest
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 10 large uncooked shrimp, peeled & de-veined
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Melt the butter in heavy medium skillet over medium heat. Add in the next 6 ingredients (through cayenne pepper). Sauté 30 seconds. Add the shrimp and sauté until opaque in the center, turning occasionally, about 3 minutes. Stir in the parsley. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve the shrimp on its own or over hot cooked rice.