When it comes to a unique main dish that begs to have the recipe shared, think chipotle lime shrimp.

It takes only one little teaspoon of chipotle chili powder to alert your senses to its smoky, spicy attributes. Added to a blend of salt, garlic and brown sugar, it makes the perfect marinade for the shrimp.

Don’t be intimidated by the thought of deveining shrimp. It’s really easy to run a paring knife along the backside of the shrimp to expose and remove the vein. A quarter inch cut is all you need to make.

Did you know that shrimp is sold by the count? Next time you’re at the store, check it out. The smaller the number of shrimp is per pound, the larger the size of the shrimp. No wonder that shrimp cocktail you love to order includes just a few jumbo shrimps!

Chipotle lime shrimp recipe—an enticing blend of spice, smoke and sweet

Chipotle Lime Shrimp Recipe

Bring some zest to the table with chipotle lime shrimp! Hot smoky chipotle, fresh lime and cilantro and slightly sweet shrimp make a winning combination.

Ingredients
 

Yield: 6 servings
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  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp, raw, peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • juice of 1/2 of a lime
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Mix the olive oil, chili powder, salt, garlic powder and brown sugar in a medium-sized bowl until completely combined. Add the peeled and deveined shrimp then stir to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1-4 hours.
  • After the shrimp has marinated for at least 1 hour, remove it from the fridge and drain any excess liquid from the bowl.
  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 Tbsp oil to the pan. When the oil is hot, carefully add the shrimp and cook just until they are just cooked through—this will take approximately 1-2 minutes per side, depending on the size of the shrimp.
  • When the shrimp is cooked through, squeeze the juice of half of a lime over the top of the shrimp then sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
  • Transfer the shrimp to a serving dish, crack open a nice cold one and enjoy!

Notes

Shrimp that’s already deveined is usually more expensive to buy. Save a little money and do it yourself with a paring knife—it’s easy!
Calories: 161kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 151mg, Sodium: 405mg, Potassium: 26mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 2g
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