Grilled shrimp is marinated in a delicious chili lime garlic marinade, then cooked on the grill, or in a cast iron skillet, for an easy shrimp recipe, made in less than 30 minutes!

grilled shrimp on white plate with fresh cilantro

If you would have asked me before 2009 what surf and turf was I would have probably said some sort of exercise. I finally ventured into the seafood world on New Years Day 2009. That was my first time eating anything out of the water IN MY LIFE!

No salmon, shrimp, lobster or crab, until this fateful day in 2009! I don’t know how I lived before crab legs, lobster rolls and one of my favorite things I’ve ever made, Chili Lime Garlic Grilled Shrimp.

These flavorful shrimp are easy to make and pair well with a surf and turf style meal. Or, let them be the star of the show and serve them over a bed of rice.

raw shrimp in a bowl next to brown sugar, garlic, lime, olive oil, soy sauce, and spices.

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Shrimp – large peeled and deveined shrimp are used in this recipe. If you use a different size the cooking time will change.
  • Garlic cloves
  • Brown sugar
  • Soy sauce – Use a gluten free brand or tamari to make this recipe gluten free.
  • Chili powder
  • Lime – juicing a fresh lime will give you the best flavor.
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Olive oil

Step by step instructions

Prepare the marinade. Combine minced garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, chili powder, lime juice, red pepper flakes and olive oil in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.

chili lime garlic shrimp marinade in a white bowl being mixed by a pink whisk

Marinate the shrimp. Add the shrimp to the marinade and toss to coat. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for 15 minutes.

Grill the shrimp. Place the shrimp on a hot grill and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.

shrimp being cooked on a grill

Or, cook indoors. Don’t have a grill? No problem! Place a cast iron skillet on the stove over medium high heat and cook the shrimp for 1-2 minutes on each side.

shrimp being cooked in a cast iron pan

Frequently asked questions

  • Do you grill shrimp with the shell on? You can grill both shrimp with the shell on, or peeled shrimp. Using already peeled shrimp will make it easier to eat. Plus, marinating and cooking peeled shrimp allows for more flavor!
  • How long should you marinate shrimp? 15 minutes is enough time for shrimp to absorb a marinade. Any longer than that, you risk the shrimp breaking down and changing the texture.
  • Can you cook raw shrimp from frozen? Yes, you can, but the cook time will need to be increased slightly. Additionally, marinating defrosted shrimp will result in better flavor.

What to serve with shrimp

This grilled shrimp recipe pairs well with so many dishes. Serve alongside any of these easy recipes!

grilled shrimp on top of pesto risotto in bowl with lime wedge

More shrimp recipes

If you’re like me and finally on the seafood bandwagon, you need more flavors to mix it up! Try these simple shrimp recipes:

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Chili Lime Garlic Grilled Shrimp

Grilled shrimp is marinated in a delicious, slightly spicy, chili lime garlic marinade, then cooked on the grill, or in a cast iron skillet, for an easy, healthy gluten free recipe!

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce, tamari for gluten free
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 15-20 large shrimp, peeled & deveined

Instructions

  • Whisk the garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, chili powder, lime juice, red pepper flakes and olive oil together in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Add the shrimp and toss to coat.
  • Place in the refrigerator and marinate for 15 minutes.
  • Grill the shrimp for 3 minutes per side.

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Notes

Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten-free soy sauce to make this recipe gluten-free.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 69kcal (3%)Carbohydrates 5g (2%)Protein 6g (12%)Fat 2g (3%)Cholesterol 56mg (19%)Sodium 945mg (39%)Potassium 72mg (2%)Sugar 3g (3%)Vitamin A 275mg (6%)Vitamin C 4.8mg (6%)Calcium 38mg (4%)Iron 0.9mg (5%)
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