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Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe with Cilantro and Lime

Easy garlic shrimp recipe made with cilantro, lime, and butter sauce. Serve these delicious shrimp family-style, with pasta, rice or in tortillas for tacos. Jump to the Garlic Shrimp Recipe with Cilantro and Lime or read on to see our tips for making it.

Garlic Butter Shrimp with Cilantro and Lime

When we’re craving garlicky shrimp, we go all in. That means no holding back when it comes to how much garlic we use. For one pound of shrimp, we use six cloves of garlic (sometimes more).

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How to Make the Best Garlic Shrimp

Our recipe is flexible. In our photos, we use garlic, cilantro, and lime to make the sauce. That doesn’t mean you need to. You can always take our method and swap the flavors around a bit. Swap lime for lemon and the cilantro for parsley. This lemon parsley version is similar to more traditional lemon garlic shrimp. Or try fresh basil, dill, and tarragon — they are all excellent options.

How to Make the Best Garlic Shrimp

For now, let’s talk about how amazing this cilantro lime version is. For the lime, we use the juice and zest of a whole lime.

Do you cook with citrus zest? We do it all the time. In fact, we will often add the zest (or peel) of citrus whenever we are using the juice. There’s a lot of flavor lying in the zest of citrus fruit. To remove the zest, we use our microplane — it’s quick and easy plus the tool isn’t expensive.

How to Make the Best Garlic Shrimp

For the cilantro, we use a lot of it! We know not everyone loves cilantro and if that’s you, don’t worry. Remember that you can swap the cilantro for any tender fresh herb.

We use butter in two ways. First, we cook the shrimp along with the garlic in a tablespoon of butter. Then as the shrimp finish cooking, we slide the skillet off of the heat and swirl in more butter. Since the pan isn’t too hot, the butter melts down into a creamy sauce. It’s incredible.

Easy Garlic Shrimp Recipe with Lime and Cilantro

These garlic butter shrimp are perfect served family-style. The shrimp are a bit messy, but in this case, that’s a good thing. Serve these by themselves, with pasta (hello garlic shrimp pasta), next to rice or wrapped in tortillas. Enjoy!

If you loved this easy recipe, take a look a few more of our easy shrimp recipes!

Garlic Butter Shrimp Recipe with Cilantro and Lime

  • PREP
  • COOK

Garlic shrimp cooked in a creamy cilantro lime butter sauce. Serve this as an appetizer, with pasta, over rice or in tortillas for tacos. The recipe is easy to adapt. Swap lime for lemon and try other tender herbs like parsley, dill, basil or tarragon in place of cilantro.

Makes 1 pound shrimp (16 to 20 shrimp, depending on size)

You Will Need

1 pound extra large shrimp, peeled with tails left on and deveined

1 lime plus a few extra wedges for serving

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons minced garlic, about 6 cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

2 scallions, chopped

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems, chopped


  • Cook Shrimp
  • Pat the shrimp dry then season with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and fresh ground black pepper.

    Use a microplane to zest the lime and set aside. Cut the zested lime in half ready for the sauce later in the recipe.

    Add one tablespoon of the butter to a wide skillet. Save the remaining two tablespoons for later. Place the skillet with butter over medium heat then add the garlic and coriander. Stir the garlic around the pan until the butter melts and is bubbling; about 1 minute. Add the shrimp, nestling them into the pan so that they are in one layer. A few shrimp stacked on top of each other is okay.

    Cook until the shrimp start to turn pink, about 1 minute. Stir in the scallions and lime zest. Continue to cook, stirring, until the shrimp are firm and opaque throughout; another 1 to 2 minutes. Slide the skillet off of the heat.

    • Make Butter Sauce
    • With the skillet off of the heat, add the cilantro, juice from the lime and the remaining two tablespoons of butter.

      Stir the butter around the pan so that it melts into the lime juice making the creamy butter sauce. Taste then season as needed with salt and pepper. Serve with extra lime wedges on the side.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • How to make garlic butter shrimp: Swap lime for lemon and the cilantro for parsley then follow the recipe as written above. For an extra bit of flavor, add a splash of dry white wine at the end along with the lemon juice.
  • How to make spicy garlic shrimp: Add 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes to the pan at the same time as adding the garlic.
  • While the sauce will not be as creamy, you can substitute olive oil for the butter. You will need one tablespoon for cooking the shrimp and only a light drizzle at the end (about 1/2 tablespoon).
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the Nutrifox recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1/4 pound / Calories 193 / Protein 23.6 g / Carbohydrate 5.2 g / Dietary Fiber 1.2 g / Total Sugars 1.4 g / Total Fat 9.4 g / Saturated Fat 5.5 g / Cholesterol 205.4mg / Sodium 284.9 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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8 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Anne January 25, 2019, 7:36 pm

    Flavorful goodness! I just made this and LOVED it! I loaded it on taco shells with greens, tomatoes, sour cream and guacamole. It will be one of my go to recipes. Thanks

  • Shalini Sen December 19, 2018, 7:56 pm

    Made this for a potluck Christmas lunch at work. So easy to make and jam-packed with fresh and zesty flavours. Will become my go-to prawn recipe from now on.

  • Christian September 23, 2018, 3:54 pm

    This site has been instrumental in me and my boyfriend’s endeavor to cook more often and this recipe was a perfect example of why – so easy to make that the level of flavor was surprising! We did it over angel hair with peas. I’d never been super confident cooking shrimp before but these steps make me much more comfortable with it. I only wish fresh shrimp was a little less expensive!

  • CCO September 18, 2018, 7:39 pm

    I have made this recipe twice now and my husband and I love it! It’s so flavorful and the lime is what makes this dish. Thank you for sharing.

  • Alexis September 16, 2018, 9:44 pm

    This sounds delicious. How should I adjust this recipe if I have frozen shrimp?

    • Joanne November 16, 2018, 1:26 pm

      Hi Alexis, It is best to use fresh or thawed frozen shrimp for this recipe.

  • Carolien August 18, 2018, 7:41 am

    Wowwww! I never liked fish and shrimps much but this is so very tasty!!! It’s one of my favourite recipes now, thank you so much from the Netherlands

  • Phyllis Provo August 14, 2018, 7:06 pm

    This looks delish! I think I will try it out on an appie night with my seafood loving friends.


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