Garlic butter and shrimp. Could I be any more excited? (Chandler Bing voice). Turns out, I can. We kicked this classic combination up a notch and threw in a little flare with ingredients common to Latin dishes – lime and cilantro! The end result is a light, zesty dish that is perfectly filling, but not so much that it makes you want to unbutton your pants and rub your belly until it’s time for bed! And for that reason, we think this dish is perfect for dinner parties, romantic nights in, or for a special evening when you feel like treating yourself to something flavorful and fun. The quick cook times of shrimp also make this dish a wonderful meal for when you’re hankering to eat but don’t want to spend the calories or the dollars on take out.
As with all of our recipes that call for meat protein, we always recommend seasoning the meat first to allow ample time for flavor to soak in and become one with the meat! In this case, the chili powder and salt are going to be buddies with the shrimp. Let them get cozy and acquainted in a bowl while you chop the cilantro and grab your ingredients! Luckily, there are not many ingredients to grab, and seeing as how shrimp is excellent in absorbing flavors, this won’t take much time at all!While the shrimp is marinating on the side, we heat the pan on medium to marry the olive oil and garlic. Be sure to keep an eye on those two – garlic tends to heat up really quickly, and the last thing we want is burnt garlic tarnishing our tasty shrimp! After we noticed the garlic turn a nice light brown, we added our shrimp and shortly after our cilantro, butter and lime juice. As we stirred the shrimp in the simple yet impactful ingredients, it took all of our willpower to not steal a shrimp from the pain and risk burning a finger! Needless to say, the end result was exactly what our taste buds were yearning for. We hope you enjoy!
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 Chili Powder
- 2 tbsp of Vegetable Oil
- 4 cloves of Minced Garlic
- 1lb of tail-on Jumbo Shrimp
- 3 tbsp chopped Cilantro (stems and leaves)
- 1 tbsp of Unsalted Butter
- 2 tbsp of Lime Juice
- Combine the salt and chili powder and sprinkle on the shrimp. Use your hand or a utensil to stir in the dry ingredients into the shrimp and allow to sit.
- In a skillet or pot on medium heat, combine the following: vegetable oil and minced garlic and stir until garlic begins to brown.
- Pour in the seasoned shrimp and stir for 30 seconds.
- Add cilantro, unsalted butter, and lime juice and stir until shrimp has transitioned from pale to pink.
- Turn off heat and serve immediately.