Grilled Shrimp With Lime-Cilantro Marinade

Total Time
8hrs 8mins
Prep 8 mins
Cook 8 hrs

Shrimp are magnificent with the lime-and-cilantro flavors of Mexican food...a cold margarita will only reinforce that bond. Enjoy these at your next bar-b-q and you will be a hit! Dean and Deluca.


  1. In a blender or food processor place the cilantro leaves and stems, scallions, chilies, garlic, lime juice, cumin, and turmeric.
  2. Puree, adding a little water if necessary to achieve the desired consistency.
  3. Peel the shrimp, leaving the tail intact.
  4. Devein them, place them in a bowl, and toss with the cilantro puree.
  5. Marinate for 8-12 hours.
  6. Prepare a moderately hot charcoal fire.
  7. When ready to cook, scoop up the shrimp so that more of the marinade remains on one side of each one.
  8. Place the shrimp marinade-side up pon the grill.
  9. Cook until almost done, about 2 minutes.
  10. Turn shrimp over and cook quickly on marinade side, about 1 minute.
  11. Remove shrimp from grill.
  12. Divide shrimp among serving plates.
  13. Pass garnishes at table.
  14. Each guest should sprinkle the shrimp with coarse salt, pepper, chili powder, a squeeze of lime juice, and a few cilantro leaves.


Most Helpful

Excellent marinade! When in a hurry, I have found the marinated shrimp can be tossed into a hot frying pan and quickly sauteed. The moisture from the shrimp makes a quick sauce to dribble into freshly made corn tortillas for great cliantro-lime-shrimp tacos.

Kaz's Kitchen July 12, 2011

This is absolutely fabulous. I added some plain yogurt to give it an extra kick!

srword August 24, 2009

if you love Baja Mexican food - keep this recipie. Just made these on skewers on the grill and even my non-shrimp eating kids ate them. I plan on making these for some tacos.

Bif Groovey June 21, 2009

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