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Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Posted By Heather On October 21, 2009 @ 10:26 am In Lunch,Recipes,What's for Dinner? | 30 Comments

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IMG_4438 [3]This became a favorite recipe of ours over the summer. It makes a nice, light and refreshing lunch or dinner. It’s quick and easy to prepare and is naturally gluten-free. I modified the recipe slightly from one that my mom and dad make.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Recipe

Ingredients:

30-40 medium-size raw shrimp (1 lb.)
1 TBSP olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
juice from one or two fresh limes (about 3 TBSP)
1/2 Cup cilantro leaves, chopped
2 TBSP butter

Directions:

  1. Prepare the shrimp, if needed. If frozen, thaw the shrimp.  Remove the shell and tail, and devein the shrimp [4].
  2. Place a large skillet over medium heat and pour in the olive oil. Carefully place the thawed shrimp into the hot skillet and cook for a few minutes on each side. Then remove them from the pan.
  3. Reduce the heat slightly and put the minced garlic in the skillet. Cook the garlic for about 30 seconds, or until aromatic, and then add the lime juice. (If the garlic starts to brown too quickly, add the lime juice immediately to reduce the heat.) Cook for another minute and then take the skillet off the heat.
  4. Add the cilantro and butter to the skillet and stir until it’s melted. Now add the shrimp back into the skillet and toss to coat.
  5. Serve over rice or noodles.

Additional Notes:

  • I use a quick-thaw method for thawing the shrimp: Place the shrimp in a colander placed in a bowl of cold water. Put it in the sink and let a constant trickle of cold water stream into the bowl for about 15 minutes.
  • I have also used frozen pre-cooked shrimp for this recipe. It turns out good, but needs less time on the skillet. It’s already cooked, so really you just need to heat it through for a couple minutes.
  • In the picture above, I’ve served the shrimp on rice, but I also enjoy it on wide flat rice noodles.

For more gluten-free meals, check out this week’s edition of What Can I Eat That’s Gluten Free? [5] at The Gluten-Free Homemaker.


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[4] devein the shrimp: http://elise.com/recipes/archives/005244how_to_peel_and_devein_shrimp.php

[5] What Can I Eat That’s Gluten Free?: http://www.glutenfreehomemaker.com/2009/10/what-can-i-eat-thats-gluten-free_20.html

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