Say hello to this gratifying and easy Cilantro lime shrimp recipe with only 5 ingredients!
This recipe came from skinnytaste.com, one of my favourite websites to find healthy recipes that are far from bland. In fact, every recipe that I have tested from this website has not only turned out, but has been impressive in the taste department.Taking less than ten minutes to cook, you won’t be able to comprehend how such intense flavours could be created in such a short time. The six cloves of garlic, lime, and cilantro partner together to coat the shrimp in a distinctly strong yet delectable flavour. The softened garlic was the first ingredient I could taste in this recipe, followed by the crisp citrus flavour of lime. The lime and cilantro did not allow the six cloves of garlic to be the only recognizable ingredient. The lime in particular added a settle zing to the recipe, similar to way the taste of water changes when you add a lime.Not a fan of cilantro like my MEH (meat eating husband)? Try cutting down the portion used in the recipe.  I used 1/4 cup of cilantro instead of 1/3 cup and it did not overpower the other ingredients.It’s about balance . . .
Some foods develop a bad reputation. In the case of shrimp, many people have labelled it as being an unhealthy food because it contains dietary cholesterol (too much dietary cholesterol has been linked to poor heart health). Yes, shrimp contains dietary cholesterol but so do a lot of other foods. So why are we picking on shrimp? One food guide serving of shrimp (75g) has 146 mg of dietary cholesterol. Since we should aim to consume less than 300 mg of dietary cholesterol in one day, shrimp can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet.     Note: Individuals at risk of heart disease should aim to consume less than 200 mg of dietary cholesterol per day, and thus will need to decrease the amount of shrimp consumed or talk to their health care provider.

What people overlook about shrimp (per 75g serving):

  • Shrimp is low in fat (less than 1 gram of total fat)
  • Low in calories (74 calories)
  • Packed with protein (16 grams)
  • Low in saturated fat
  • Contains heart healthy omega 3 fats.

What I love about shrimp the most is its versatility. You can throw shrimp into soups, salads, stir frys or even onto skewers. The bottom line: Being mindful of portion size and your personal risk for heart disease, shrimp can be part of a healthy diet. Enjoy!


I love everything about this recipe; the flavours, the ease, and the final product.
Overall Recipe rating: 4.5/5 Kiwis