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Mexican Garlic Lime Shrimp

Mexican Garlic Lime Shrimp

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Garlic shrimp is for shrimp and garlic lovers. Or should that be the other way around? This Mexican version with lime always satisfies.



1 lb frozen shrimp thawed, peeled and deveined (I use 25’s)

1 large head garlic- separated into cloves and peeled

1 t coarse salt

2 limes worth of juice

Freshly ground pepper (this adds a lot of flavor in addition to the chiles)

3 T olive oil

3T vegetable oil

20 dried arbol chilies (I use about 1 t dried chili pepper flakes, but you may want to test this)

1 T butter or more

2 T Cilantro, rough chopped

Rice or couscous or pasta to serve shrimp over


Crush 2 cloves of garlic to a paste with salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the lime juice and a good grinding of pepper. Add shrimp and toss to combine. (I let this stand 5 to 15 minutes, because I don’t want the shrimp to cook in the lime juice.)

Crush, slice or chop the remaining cloves. Add 1 T of each oil to pan and heat over medium heat until oil is rippling. Add garlic and cook for about 2 minutes until golden. Add chilies or chile flakes and cook for another minute being careful not to scorch chilies. Remove from pan and place in small dish.

Add remaining 4 T oil to pan  until oil ripples. Add shrimp with juice and cook until they change color about 2-3 minutes. Add back the garlic mixture and cook about another minute. Stir in 1 T butter or more to enrich sauce.

Stir in cilantro if you like . Serve over rice, pasta or couscous. This will serve 4 but everyone always wants MORE!


Adapted From Zarela’s VeraCruz

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