Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce

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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.

The lime flavor on this shrimp is out of this world good.  Really, I love to add lime to many recipes.  Grilled coconut lime pineapple, Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad, and Crazy Good Honey Lime Shrimp are a few of my favorites.

Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce on skewers on a white plate with fresh limes on the side.

Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp with Creamy Avocado Cilantro 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. 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 Lime Shrimp Ingredients:

  • Shrimp: Use peeled and deveined
  • Lime juice: One large lime should be plenty.
  • Olive oil: For marinade.
  • Garlic: 2 cloves minced.
  • Chili powder: A bit of spice.
  • Cumin: Distinctive earthy, nutty flavor.
  • Paprika: Adds color and mild flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste
  • Red pepper flakes: Adds texture and spice.

How to Grill Shrimp:

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.

  1. Prepare Marinade: 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.
  2. Prep: Toss to coat and marinate for 30 minutes.Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  3. Grill Shrimp: Put the shrimp on skewers and place on the grill. Grill on each side for about two minutes or until no longer pink.
  4. Make Sauce: 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.

Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp on a grill.

Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce:

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.

  • Avocado: split and pitted
  • Greek yogurt: Lowfat
  • Garlic: One clove minced works great for me but adjust to your preference.
  • Lime juice: About one lime
  • Cilantro: Chopped for garnish
  • Salt and pepper: To taste

 

Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp on a white plater.

The Best Way to Grill Shrimp:

  • How do I keep shrimp from drying out? Make extra marinade to keep separate and use to brush over shrimp while they are cooking, so they won’t dry out.
  • How hot should my grill be? Grill temperature should be about 350-450°F.  Cook the shrimp over the direct medium heat.
  • Avoid burning? Occasionally, turn the shrimp while cooking.
  • How do I know when they are done?  The shrimp are fully cooked when the outside of the shrimp turn a nice pink color.  Also, the meat inside should be white and opaque.
  • Can I cook shrimp from frozen: Good news! Even if you forgot to thaw the shrimp for dinner, you can grab them straight from your freezer and put it on the grill.  Marinating the shrimp is best.  However, you can use the marinate to brush the shrimp as you cook.  It’s not ideal, but it will work in a pinch.
  • What’s the best way to thaw my shrimp?  Move them from the freezer into the refrigerator a day or two before cooking.  Or, thaw them with cold water by putting the entire package of shrimp into the bowl of water.

 

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Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce

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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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 Skewers

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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.

Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce:

  • 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.

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Notes

Updated on May 22, 2020
Originally Posted on: June 6, 2016

Nutrition

Serves: 8

Calories81kcal (4%)Carbohydrates2g (1%)Protein2g (4%)Fat8g (12%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Cholesterol1mgSodium215mg (9%)Potassium13mgFiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A283IU (6%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium26mg (3%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cilantro sauce, grilled shrimp, spicy lime shrimp
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Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce on a table.

 

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. 5 stars
    Made this as an appetizer for tonight’s dinner. Easy to make, so delicious and there were none leftover. The shrimp has so much flavor, the right amount of spice and the dipping sauce is the perfect compliment to this dish. This is an awesome recipe. Thank you for sharing!

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