Cilantro Lime Shrimp

I love the combination of fresh squeezed lime and cilantro.  It’s so bright…especially in the hot summer months. And, when I stumbled upon pairing those flavors with shrimp…I was hooked!  When I originally tasted this, it used chicken as the protein.  That was yummy.  But, when I wanted to make it, I was out of chicken.  I did have some shrimp in the freezer.  Now, fresh shrimp would obviously be the first choice…but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.  


  • 1 lb. fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • splash of heavy cream (2-3 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter


Salt and pepper the shrimp.  Heat the oil on Medium High in a large skillet.  Add the shrimp and cook for a couple of minutes.  Be careful not to overcook, because it will be warmed later with the sauce.  Remove shrimp to a plate and keep warm covered with foil.  Add the broth to the skillet along with lime juice, onion, red pepper and cilantro.  Stir and bring to a boil for about 6-8 minutes.  Liquid will reduce to around a 1/4 cup during this time.  Reduce heat to medium low and add cream and butter.  Allow butter to melt before adding shrimp back into sauce.  Once shrimp is completely cooked through…about a minute or two longer, remove from heat and serve with sauce spooned over top.  Serve over pasta.

Author: Debbie Nance

I am a working wife and mom, and I live with my family near Charlotte, NC. I am originally from Texas and have lived in a number of states in the southeast due to my job in radio. It sometimes requires moving to chase the dream. My husband and I have been married since 1994 and we host a country music radio show together. I am passionate about cooking and, I spend most of my time watching the Food Network, reading about food and testing new recipes.

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