Broiled Mexican-Style Shrimp With Garlic and Limes

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by iris5555

A great appetizer or main dish. Servings below are for appetizer portions. Another adopted recipe originally submitted by Mean Chef.

Top Review by Bergy

I used the 16-20 size prawn, served for dinner and they were wonderful. I love cilantro and especially in combination with lime & garlic. Just the right amount of flavor so it did not overpower the taste of the prawns. They were not only tasty but very attractive too with the red peppers & green chopped cilantro. Next time I will make these for appetizers but will use smaller prawns , remove the shells, leaving on the tails (I am just thinking of the carpet etc if it's a stand-up do) Thanks Mean Chef for yet another excellent recipe. FYI I served the prawns with parsley rice, Onion Flowers, Snowpeas with water chestnuts (stir fried) very attractive on the dinner plate

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To prepare the shrimp, with a very sharp paring knife, split each shrimp down the back through the shell.
  2. Leave the legs intact.
  3. Open the shrimp (like butterflies) and flatten them; the legs will be on the bottom side.
  4. Arrange the split shrimp in a single layer on a sheet pan.
  5. Cover and refrigerate until ready.
  6. Place the garlic in a small saucepot with enough water to cover them.
  7. Bring the water to a boil, and then lower to a simmer until the garlic cloves are soft (about 20 minutes).
  8. Drain the water and refresh the garlic cloves with cold water.
  9. Allow to cool.
  10. Mince the cooked garlic.
  11. Just before broiling the shrimp, combine the minced garlic with the minced serrano chiles, minced cilantro, lime juice and hot melted butter.
  12. Remove the shrimp from the refrigerator.
  13. Brush the shrimp with the melted garlic/cilantro butter.
  14. Place the shrimp under a hot broiler and cook just until the shrimp are done (about 5 minutes depending on the broiler and height of the rack).
  15. Transfer the shrimp to a platter and drizzle any remaining garlic butter over the shrimp.
  16. Serve with lots of paper napkins and an empty bowl for the shells.

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