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Garlic Butter Shrimp with Lime and Cilantro
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5 from 1 vote

Garlic Butter Shrimp with Lime and Cilantro

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking


  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled with tails left on and deveined
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • 3 tbsp butter, divided
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp dried coriander
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • Juice and zest from 1 lime (plus more lime wedges for serving)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 green onion, sliced


  • Clean the shelled & deveined shrimp and pat very dry. 
  • Season evenly with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.
  • Heat one tablespoon of butter in a large skillet. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and the coriander then allow it to cook for 30 seconds. 
  • Add the shrimp and cook them until they are pink, about 1 minute, then flip them over and continue cooking for 1 minute. 
  • Add the minced garlic and cook, tossing the shrimp and garlic with tongs, for 30 seconds, or until the shrimp are opaque and firm. Remove from the heat.
  • With the skillet off the heat, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, lime juice, and cilantro to the edge of the pan then gently toss it around until the butter melts and it becomes a creamy pan sauce. 
  • Sprinkle the shrimp with the green onions and lime zest then toss the shrimp in the pan sauce until evenly coated. 
  • Serve immediately with lime wedges on the side. Enjoy.