Garlic Lime Shrimp

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This Garlic Lime Shrimp recipe is quite unique, and very good. For a hungry family of 4, you may wish to triple the recipe!

Garlic Lime Shrimp

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.

Garlic Lime Shrimp

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.

Garlic Lime Shrimp

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!

Garlic Lime Shrimp served over rice

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Garlic Lime Shrimp

Delicious shrimp dinner recipe!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 256kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword 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.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 512mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1045IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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  • Bradlee Tattan wrote:

    Sounds delicious…love shrimp and lime. Hoping to make it tonight! It states “RECIPE VIDEO” wondering where that is?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      The recipe video is placed within the post– scroll through and you will see it!

  • Dot wrote:

    Delicious and easy to make!!