Grilled Chipotle Lime Shrimp are ideal to serve up in tacos, wrapped in tortillas, or over rice or salad. Once the shrimp have marinated in the smoky chipotle and lime marinade, they take mere minutes to cook! So fire up the grill and get ready for some yummy shrimp!
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Grilled Chipotle Lime Shrimp
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.
As winter gives way to spring, it’s time to start brightening up our food choices, and these grilled chipotle lime shrimp is a great recipe to get the season going!
The shrimp are marinated for about 45 minutes with a mixture of lime juice, chipotle, paprika, garlic, and honey, before being grilled and finished off with some more lime juice and fresh cilantro.
If the weather is good in your part of the world, dust off the barbecue grill, and set the shrimp skewers over the hot coals for that delicious charred touch. Alternatively, pop them under the broiler/grill in your oven.
The shrimp can be served in a number of ways, from being added to hardshell tacos, or wrapped up in flour tortillas, to being served over rice or a freshly made salad. Me, I like ’em straight from the skewer into my mouth!
Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe
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It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.
- Fresh Produce – Limes, Cilantro (Fresh Coriander)
- Protein – Extra-Large Shrimp
- Chipotle Powder
- Smoked Paprika
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Honey – try to buy locally produced honey when possible.
- Metal Skewers – I like to use metal skewers when grilling, but you can use wooden skewers if you prefer. Just remember to soak them for 30 minutes before using to prevent burning.
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- Hot Cajun Shrimp Dip For Mardi Gras & Game Nights!
- Italian-American Shrimp Oreganata Recipe with Cannellini Beans
- Shrimp Fajita Bowls with Cilantro-Lime Rice
More Grilling Recipes
Looking for more food to cook on the grill? Check these recipes out next:
- Grilled Greek Chicken Skewers (Chicken Kebabs for BBQ Season!)
- Garlic-Chili Swordfish with Grilled Pineapple and Papaya
- Grilled Carne Asada
- This recipe was tested using uncooked peeled deveined extra-large shrimp (16-20 count).
- In some countries, shrimp are sold at the seafood counter by the approximate number per pound, and since size designation has not been standardized, it is best to use the count per pound as a guide.
- The fewer shrimp per pound, the larger they are. Larger shrimp can be labeled as “U 10” meaning under 10 per pound or labeled as “Colossal” which is typically also under 10 per pound.
- As a good rule of thumb Jumbo = 11-15, Extra-large = 16-20, Large = 21-30, Medium 31-35, Small 36-45 and Mini or Salad Shrimp is anything smaller.
- Use this as a guide to size your shrimp to the pound (450g) using kitchen scales at home.
- When using frozen shrimp, be sure to thaw, rinse and pat dry before using.
- I like to use metal skewers for this recipe. If using wooden skewers be sure to soak for at least 30 minutes before adding shrimp to prevent burning.
- This dish is best served hot right off the grill. Serve them as an appetizer, on top of a fresh garden salad, or in shrimp tacos.
How Do I Make Grilled Chipotle Lime Shrimp?
Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.
For the Marinade
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice (2 limes)
- 1 Tbsp lime zest
- 1 tsp chipotle chili pepper
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 Tbsp honey
- salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1¼ lbs (560g) extra-large peeled deveined shrimp
- 4 skewers*
- Cilantro and lime slices.
- Shake the marinade ingredients together in a small jar with a lid.
- Pour one-half of the marinade mixture into a large non-reactive bowl and reserve the other half in the jar for serving.
- Add the shrimp to the bowl and toss to coat. Marinate for at least 15 minutes but not longer than 30 minutes.
- Thread 5-6 shrimp onto the skewers.
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp for 3-4 minutes on each side until no longer translucent. Watch carefully as shrimp cook very quickly and will become rubbery if overcooked.
- Remove from grill and place onto a serving platter. Drizzle lightly with reserved marinade.
- Serve immediately garnished with fresh chopped cilantro and lime slices. Enjoy!
- *I prefer to use four 12-15” metal skewers for this recipe. If using wooden skewers be sure to soak for at least 30 minutes before adding shrimp to prevent burning.
- This is best served hot right off the grill. I like them as an appetizer, on top of a fresh garden salad, or in shrimp tacos.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 700Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 957mgSodium: 4446mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 104g
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Make It A Special Dinner!
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- Side Dish: Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice
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