Chili Lime Baked Shrimp Cups

These are the perfect party appetizer. Wonton wrappers are baked in the oven until crisp, filled with arugula, a lime sour cream, and then topped with a big juicy chili-lime baked shrimp.

The shrimp are a little spicy from chili powder, the lime brightens everything up and the arugula keeps the whole thing fresh. You can make the wonton cups in advance, but assemble the cups with the arugula, sour cream and shrimp just before serving.

Chili Lime Baked Shrimp Cups RecipeWonton Cups with Shrimp Recipe Update: We shared this recipe on Inspired Taste a few years back and it has become one of our more popular recipes.

Since originally sharing the recipe, we have made some changes to bump up the flavors of the shrimp cups. We loved them before, but now they are full of flavor and still just as simple to make. Changes include adding a lime sour cream, swapping regular chili powder for ancho chili powder and lightly seasoning the wonton cups before baking.

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How to Make Chili Lime Shrimp Cups

We use wonton wrappers for the cups. Most large grocery store chains in the United States sell them now, but they can also be found at International markets or online.

Brush each side of the wonton wrappers with oil, lightly season with salt then press the wrappers into the cups of a mini muffin/cupcake pan. A regular size cupcake pan will also work, the cups will simply be larger.

Making Wonton Cups Ahead of Time: The wonton cups will keep, unfilled, in an airtight container for up to a week. Then fill them right before serving or they’ll get soggy.

While the wonton cups bake, prepare the shrimp. Toss with olive oil, the zest of one lime, ancho chili powder, salt, and freshly ground pepper. Then bake in the oven until cooked through.

Assemble the cups by placing a few arugula leaves in the bottom — this looks really nice, but it also helps prevent the bottom of the cups from getting soggy.

Add a small dollop of lime sour cream and finish with a chili-lime baked shrimp. Easy!

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Chili Lime Baked Shrimp Cups Recipe
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Wonton wrappers are baked in the oven until crisp, filled with arugula, a lime sour cream, and then topped with a big juicy chili-lime shrimp. You can make the wonton shells in advance, but assemble the cups with the arugula, sour cream and shrimp just before serving. See below in the notes section for more details.
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Yield: Makes 12 Shrimp Cups
You Will Need
For the Wonton Cups
  • 15 wonton wrappers (see notes below)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
For the Shrimp Cups
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder, can substitute regular chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons lime sour cream, recipe below
  • 1 cup baby arugula leaves
For the Lime Sour Cream
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • Pinch salt
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare wonton shells: Lightly brush wonton wrappers on both sides with olive oil. Lightly season one side with salt.
  3. Using a mini muffin pan, press the wonton wrappers down into the cups, laying back the corners and pressing the bottoms down to make a defined cup. Bake until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool.
  4. Prepare the Shrimp: Using a microplane, zest the lime. Set the lime aside for serving. Add the lime zest to the shrimp along with the olive oil, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Toss then arrange on a baking sheet in one layer. Bake until the shrimp are opaque throughout, 8 to 12 minutes.
  5. Prepare the Lime Sour Cream: In a small bowl, stir the sour cream, lime juice and salt together.
  6. Assemble the Shrimp Cups: Fill the cooled wonton cups with a few leaves of arugula, a small dollop of lime sour cream, and a chili-lime shrimp. Serve with lime wedges for spritzing on top.
Notes and Tips
Number of Wonton Wrappers: A few of the wonton cups may collapse during baking; making them difficult to stand up without falling over. We usually bake a few extras, just in case.

Make-Ahead Tips: The wonton cups will keep, unfilled, in an airtight container for up to a week. Fill them right before serving or they'll get soggy.

The shrimp may be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Store in an airtight container in the coldest part of the refrigerator.

A note about salt: We use kosher salt in our recipes. It’s much easier to pick up with our fingers and gives us better control of our seasoning. Use what you have, but keep in mind that kosher salt has larger flakes compared to table or fine sea salt. If using a finer salt, you will need to reduce the amount of salt called for in our recipe by 25% to 50%.

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89 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Esther Amick October 12, 2016, 4:46 pm

    This is an AMAZING recipe!!!!!
    Flavorful, easy and sure to please. The first time I made this was for our Wine Club, everyone loved it and I used spinach leaves, which was good. The second time I made this was for an open house and I used fresh basil – WOW!!! The added flavor of the basil enhanced the flavor of everything. I will make this over and over again!
    Excellent recipe and so easy!!!

  • Cecilia July 24, 2016, 7:26 pm

    This recipe looks wonderful. the shrimp in wonton shells. I cant wait to try it.
    Thanks Cecilia

  • Rosemaryandthegoat April 4, 2016, 10:15 am

    I’m making this recipe for my bunco group. I’m taking the sour cream and adding a mashed avocado to it along with some jalapeño, using shredded lettuce for bottom of cup and then using some Japanese mayo with Srirach hot sauce for a drizzle across the top. Also adding some cumin either to the avocado mixture or to the shrimp/chili powder mixture. I think everyone is going to love these.


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