Cilantro Lime Shrimp


Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Coconut Rice – skillet cooked shrimp is tossed with bright lime and fresh cilantro then served over a bed of rich coconut rice. It’s the perfect tropical meal you can enjoy any day of the year!

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp is So Easy!

Could there be a better way to enjoy summer than with this delicious tropical Cilantro-Lime Shrimp with Coconut Rice? I recently shared a salmon recipe with coconut rice and I fell absolutely in love with it so I decided to make something else along those lines and keep a great thing going.

Believe it or not with THIS recipe I was able to get my husband and my daughter who don’t like shrimp to eat it and love it!

It has such a bright, fresh lime flavor and the cilantro and garlic add just that much more deliciousness.

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You Have to Try Coconut Rice!

And this coconut rice, don’t get me started!

I’ve been obsessed for the last few weeks since I first tried it (seriously though, where has it been all my life?) and I got my mom hooked too, she’s been eating it probably 5 times a week since she’s on a low gluten diet.

It’s just so much more exciting than plain white rice and it’s so delicious plain on it’s own.

It has such a rich flavor, a slightly creamy texture (but don’t worry it’s not mushy) and the coconut undertones will leave you craving more (note that if you want a stronger coconut flavor just stir in some shredded coconut when you fluff the rice after it has cooked).

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Everyone Will Love This Shrimp!

If you, like I have been, are trying to get someone else in your family to enjoy shrimp then this may likely be the recipe to do just that!

And better yet this is a quick and easy dish to prepare – all around dinner win!

Plus it can be made into a fun family dinner if you serve it up island style with pineapple and some kind of tropical punch, then decorate the table with bright, tropical colored flowers.

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Coconut Rice

5 from 2 votes

Skillet cooked shrimp is tossed with bright lime and fresh cilantro then served over a bed of rich coconut rice. The perfect tropical meal!

Servings: 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 1/4 lbs large shrimp, deveined and peeled
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sliced then chopped green onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 2 cups Coconut Rice*


  1. Prepare rice about 25 minutes before preparing shrimp as it takes 20 minutes to cook and 5 minutes resting time until it's ready.
  2. Heat olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add green onions and garlic and saute until garlic is light golden, about 30 seconds. 
  3. Add shrimp, sprinkle cumin evenly over top, season with salt and pepper to taste and saute until shrimp is opaque and cooked through, about 3 minutes. 
  4. Remove from heat, toss with lime juice, cilantro and lime zest. Serve warm over coconut rice.

Recipe Notes

*For link HERE for Coconut Rice recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Coconut Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 487 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 357mg119%
Sodium 190mg8%
Potassium 145mg4%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 10.6mg13%
Calcium 216mg22%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: Cilantro Lime Shrimp
Calories: 487 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Shawn: Really good, my husband and I both loved it. We love garlic so I doubled it and served with some avocado!!! Yum!! July 30, 2018 at 5:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Shawn! Can’t go wrong with more garlic :). August 2, 2018 at 6:35pm Reply

  • francesco caselli: Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! i love it July 17, 2018 at 1:12pm Reply

  • Elizabeth: I think the link for the coconut rice does not work. I will have to try it with plain rice tonight. July 8, 2017 at 11:53am Reply

  • Barbara Sims: I am excited to try your recipes. July 14, 2016 at 4:31am Reply

  • Francesca Bruzzese: Lovely! Healthy and filling and something a little different than my usual pasta :) Saving this one!! July 14, 2016 at 4:12am Reply

  • Amy @ Pressure Cook Recipes: Hi Jaclyn,

    I LOVE shrimps & coconut rice, so this is my kind of comfort food!!
    Thanks for sharing this easy recipe. Saving it for a quick weeknight dinner. :)

    Amy July 13, 2016 at 3:35pm Reply

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