This Whole30 chili lime shrimp is a quick protein to make for dinner or for meal prep. It’s so flavorful and only takes 15 minutes from start to finish. At least for me, shrimp is often an underrated and underutilized meal option. I tend to default to chicken for lunch or dinner when I’m in a hurry, but really, shrimp is a way faster meat to whip up.
Chili lime shrimp can be made on the stove top, a grill pan or a grill. It’s a recipe that anyone will enjoy, whether they eat Paleo or not. Because the flavors are so simple, it’s not labor intensive, doesn’t require a ton of preparation to make, and usually, and you don’t have to buy any crazy ingredients that aren’t probably already on your shopping list.
If you’re making these for meal prep, like I sometimes do, they make for good protein to toss onto a salad with some fresh veggies and avocado. Or to eat on their own with some vegetable sides. I also love making meal prep bowls with the chili lime shrimp, zucchini noodles, cherry tomatoes, red onion and avocado. I’ll sometimes even use the mini packs of guacamole as a dressing!
You can cook these individually in the pan, or grab some skewers to throw on the grill. This is the grill pan I use when it’s too cold in Minnesota to fire up our big backyard grill. Sometimes I just want some delicious grilled meat, without standing around in the cold and snow. I’m at the point in winter where I just want to complain about it not being summer yet, but I’ll spare you.
Long story short, have these on a taco-esqe salad, skewered with some vegetable sides, mix them with fajita veggies, have them in a zucchini noodle bowl, serve over cauliflower rice, or on their own! There’s tons of options with this quick Whole30 protein. It’s a good family friendly recipe with the option to kick up the spice level if you want!
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- 1 pound defrosted, deveined shrimp (tail on or off)
- 1/4 cup lime juice (juice from approximately 1 large lime)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 handful of cilantro, finely chopped
- In a large bowl or ziplock baggie, combine shrimp and all ingredients except chopped cilantro
- Mix well to evenly coat and let marinate for 15 minutes
- If grilling, add shrimp to skewers and grill for 4 minutes on each side and remove from heat
- If sautéing, add contents of bowl into a large non-stick skillet over medium heat
- Cook for 4 minutes on each side and remove from heat
- Garnish with cilantro
- Serve and enjoy!
If using wooden/bamboo skewers, wet skewers before adding shrimp and placing on the grill to prevent burning
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