Zesty Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Rice


Experience a burst of freshness with our Zesty Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Rice! This dish pairs succulent shrimp with the vibrant flavors of cilantro and lime, served over a bed of fluffy rice. It's a simple yet flavorful meal that's perfect for a quick dinner or a delightful lunch, bringing a touch of the tropics to your table.

Zesty Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Rice

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40 g
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Sodium: 300 mg
  • Sugar: 2 g


  • 400 g (0.88 lbs or 14 oz) shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 200 g (0.44 lbs or 7 oz) white rice, uncooked
  • Juice and zest of 2 limes
  • 30 g (0.066 lbs or 1 oz) fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: red pepper flakes for heat, additional lime wedges for serving

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Cook Rice: Prepare rice according to package instructions. Set aside and keep warm.
  2. Season Shrimp: Toss shrimp with lime zest, salt, and pepper.
  3. Cook Shrimp: Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add shrimp and cook until pink and opaque, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  4. Combine: Stir in lime juice and half of the chopped cilantro.
  5. Assemble and Serve: Serve the shrimp over the rice. Garnish with the remaining cilantro and optional red pepper flakes. Serve with lime wedges if desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Perfect Shrimp: Don’t overcook the shrimp; they should be pink and slightly firm to the touch.
  • Rice Consistency: For fluffy rice, let it rest for 5 minutes after cooking before fluffing with a fork.
  • Flavor Boost: Add a pinch of cumin or paprika to the shrimp for an extra flavor dimension.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use brown rice instead of white?

Absolutely, just adjust the cooking time as per the brown rice instructions.

How can I make this dish spicier?

Increase the red pepper flakes or add a diced jalapeño when cooking the shrimp.

Can I store leftovers?

Yes, this dish can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.