Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce

Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce has a simple but full of flavor and spice marinade. The creamy avocado cilantro sauce is the perfect cool and creamy dipping sauce.


Do you ever get through a week and are just so happy that you survived? That was last week for me. I barely made it. It was the last week of school plus we are in the moving process. On top of it all my little girl turned two! We were able to pull it all together and managed to have an amazing Finding Nemo Birthday Party. If you follow me on instagram you will see her amazing cake! My little girl is obsessed with “Meno” and loved every minute of it. We may have given her her presents to her in Amazon boxes but we totally pulled it together! It was a huge success.

We are loving the warmer weather here and since we have been so busy lately we are loving to grill. My husband LOVES shrimp and asks me to cook it all of the time. I decided to make an easy marinade for these shrimp that really packed a punch. It had such a delicious blend of spices and the result was amazing.


The great thing about shrimp is that they are so easy to cook! They grill up in just a matter of minutes. The marinade on these shrimp is out of this world! It has such a great blend of spices and flavor.


My favorite part was the Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce. It was so cool and creamy on these spicy lime shrimp. We are a family of dippers so most everything involves a dip. And this dip was the perfect compliment to help cool down the spice in the shrimp.

You guys are going to LOVE this recipe. It is such a quick and easy recipe that is absolutely delicious, especially if you love shrimp! This should go on your list of things to grill. You are going to love it!


Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce has a simple but full of flavor and spice marinade. The creamy avocado cilantro sauce is the perfect cool and creamy dipping sauce.


  • 1 pound of shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Juice of one large lime
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce:

  • 1 avocado split and pitted
  • ½ cup lowfat greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, olive oil, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes. Pour into a resealable bag and add shrimp. Toss to coat and marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Put the shrimp on skewers and place on the grill. Grill on each side for about two minutes or until no longer pink.
  3. To make the creamy avocado cilantro sauce add the avocado, greek yogurt, garlic, lime and cilantro. Pulse in a food processor until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with shrimp.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 81 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 215mg9%
Potassium 13mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 283IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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    1. I agree with Jim’s question….what size shrimp. I am seeing 7 to a skewer, so maybe the fish market could direct you to a correct size. I am thinking it is spicy (the marinade) and the dipping sauce tones it done as needed. Great recipes, can’t wait to try.

  1. This was easy and FANTASTIC. Great flavor- not overwheming! The marinade is great on its own, but when you add the sauce it takes it to a new level.

  2. This recipe sounds delicious! I bet these shrimp would be great in a shrimp taco with the dip spread on the tortilla. Yum…yum!

  3. This was absolutely delicious and so simple!! I served it with grilled asparagus and homemade mac & cheese. It was a hit!

  4. Made this recipe tonight. I used 2 lbs of 21-25 shrimp and doubled the measurements in the recipe while omitting the pepper flakes (other people eating them don’t like spicy food). I wonder if doubling the cumin was too much as well as the yogurt. The shrimp had a very strong cumin flavor, more than anything else. The yogurt gave a sour taste to the dipping sauce. I added some honey, the juice of a orange and another avocado to balance out the sauce more. I used 4 18 inch wooden skewers (soaked in water for 2 hours) and was able to get all 60ish shrimp on them. I only skewered thru the thick end of the shrimp and was able to get alot more shrimp on it this way. Even tho they were packed in more closely, they cooked perfectly in the 2+2 cooking time listed.

    Even tho the shrimp had a strong cumin flavor, it paired very well with the dipping sauce. I also grilled some canned potatoes (marinated in Italian dressing and Mrs. Dash), whole mushrooms and zucchini slices (with garlic powder, black pepper and smoked paprika) to go along with the shrimp. I didn’t taste any garlic in the shrimp or the sauce and noticed a lot of the garlic remained in the bag after skewering the shrimp.

    I think these shrimp would go well with a seasoned rice instead of potatoes or garlic bread. As another person mentioned, I also thought while eating these that they would go good in a fluffy pita bread with the sauce and some shredded lettuce and tomatoes. These shrimp could be chilled and would go great on a salad.

    The shrimp and sauce were a huge hit. It will be used again, thanks for the yummy recipe!

  5. We love this recipe. I’ve added a heaping 1/4 teaspoon of chipotle pepper for a little extra kick. 😀 YUM!!

  6. I made this recipe and it is awesome, amazing flavor like when you go out to eat. I marinade then grilled on skewers….solid dish for whole 30 without the avacado sauce. really good.

  7. I cannot wait to try this recipe, but with a ,trio bell peppers, tomatoes,and avacado,all wrapped up in tortilla shell & a few more spices like turmeric powder besides garlic for inflammation bc of health issues other than that I think not too spicy and we’re on to something, Mrs. Alyssa thks sweetie ?

  8. This was incredible! My boyfriend and I made it for the first time tonight and we both were so impressed. This will definitely be a summer favorite for us! We tossed a bell pepper in the sauce too and grilled it. Delicious!

  9. In place of the lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper you can substitute a quarter cup or so of Old Havana Foods Mojo marinade. It’s a great timesaver and we love it on pork, chicken, shrimp, skirt steak, salmon etc.

  10. This is soooo good. Used 3Tb of lime juice in both the marinade and sauce, and tons more garlic. We are not big grill fans so I cooked the shrimp in my Cuisinart Griddler. 2 minutes on medium high, nice char, all done. Thinking about other uses for the sauce.

  11. I am going to try this tonite, but going to leave the cumin out, just hate that stuff, will report back with how it tasted. Thanks in advance for the recipe,. I have some shrimp i want to use but did not want to make the getting boring scampi

  12. Can the dipping sauce be made ahead of time? We’re going camping at the beach and want to make these shrimp on the charcoal grill!

  13. Hi there! Just wondering if you or anyone on here has tried this with chicken wings? We’re doing keto, and my husband is looking for some good spicy wing recipes. Thanks!

  14. Omg the sauce was sooooo good my husband and I have been having guacamole and we’re bored of it…this is definitely a very tasty alternative…sooo good. Also the shrimp marinade was amazing smelled and tasted delicious.

    1. Cilantro/Coriander Leaf Substitute. Replace the coriander called for in your recipe with an equal amount of fresh parsley, tarragon, dill or a combination of the three. For maximum flavor, add the herbs to the dish just before serving it. Cooking diminishes the flavor of the spices significantly (cilantro included). Hope that helps! Enjoy!

  15. Made this tonight – my husband and I both loved it! Will definitely make again. I used sour cream instead of the yogurt in the sauce – it was so delicious. I will use that sauce for lots of other things. My lunch tomorrow is the leftover shrimp with bacon and cheese – and of course the sauce!

  16. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Only problem I had was keeping my wife out of the sauce before the shrimp shrimp were grilled. Must admit it was great on a Tostito shell.

  17. Absolutely fantastic, both recipes equally brilliant. Simple, quick, very forgiving. Too much snow to grill so I just cut up the shrimp, 21-25s, into 5 or 6 pcs and sauted them over high heat, a bit of olive oil and some garlic too……….Just a couple of mins. Save every drop of the oil/marinade left in the pan, drizzle it over the shrimp. I added a bit of chili de arbol, chipotle and chiltepin to goose it a bit……it did too. I used the little street taco tortillas. Just for fun I served a few with caramelized onions and chopped bacon. That was a big hit too. Because the shrimp and sauce are so flavorful I just put half a dozen corn tortillas on a plate, cover with 1/2 of a dampened paper towel covered with plastic wrap….nuke for about 40 secs. To me these are foundation recipes as both of them let one take some liberties and more often than not come out ahead. As is both are super great recipes, have fun and enjoy bigtime!!!

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