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Chipotle Lime Shrimp

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There are some flavors that are just meant to be together. Peanut butter and jelly…. Strawberries and cream…. Salt and pepper… And one of MY favorites…chipotle and lime. Yum!

The wonderfully smoky, sweet and slightly spicy chipotle mixes perfectly with the tangy, sweet lime to make a delicious seasoning perfect for just about any meat, fish, seafood, salad dressing, vegetables, sauce…you name it!

So to kick off grilling season this year, I decided to pull out a bag of shrimp and make these delicious chipotle lime shrimp skewers. Although unfortunately, it was pouring down rain the day I made these this week. So I ended up “grilling” them inside on my grill pan….but they were still delicious!

I ended up using my favorite chipotle powder (available in your spice stores, or here online) instead of the canned chipotles in adobo sauce. But either would work. I just highly recommend using fresh limes instead of the bottled juice — much more fresh and flavorful!

So heat up your grill, or grill pan, or even your skillet to give these a try! I think you’ll love them!


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Chipotle Lime Shrimp

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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 26 minutes
  • Yield: 1 lb shrimp 1x


Spicy chipotle combines with tangy, sweet lime taking your grilled shrimp to a whole new level. You will love this Chipotle Lime Shrimp recipe!


  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 1 lime, juice and zest


  1. Mix the chipotle powder, cumin, brown sugar, lime zest, lime juice and cilantro in a bowl.  Add the shrimp to the marinade and toss until coated, then let the shrimp marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. Thread the shrimp onto metal skewers, or wood skewers that have been soaked in water for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Heat grill to medium-high, then grill the shrimp until cooked (pink and opaque), about 1-2 minutes per side.


Recipe adapted from Closet Cooking


Ali’s Tip:

These shrimp are amazing in shrimp tacos as well! Just add them, along with your favorite salsa, cheese, lettuce, avocado, black beans, and/or whatever else you’d like to a tortilla and enjoy!

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21 comments on “Chipotle Lime Shrimp”

  1. yum, yum, yum! your pictures are so beautiful i wish i could bite my computer screen! i’ll have to make these asap

  2. how much adobo? your recipe says to mix it but no quantity was listed….dying to try this!

    • Oops, Mary! That was a typo – I didn’t end up using the adobo in the final recipe. But you’re welcome to add in a 1/2 or whole teaspoon if you’d like!


  3. Looks like a great recipe! I really wish my hubby liked shrimp. Perhaps I’ll make these for me and make him some chicken. :)

  4. doing it for Cinco De Mayo

  5. This sounds terrific! I’ve been a vegetarian for 6 years now but am finally startin to eat seafood again per my fiance’s badgering (hah, his name is david badger, that joke never gets old). Anyway, I love shrimp so this recipe would be pretty exciting for me to try out! Everything looks so great on here!

  6. So I did this basic marinade (minus the cilantro cause I was out and plus some honey cause honey and lime go together awesomely well) on some chicken and it was WONDERFUL!! =)

  7. I just found out about your blog last week. I made the orange julious last night and this chipotle lime recipe tonight and both turned out amazing! This was also such an easy recipe for a college student exploring easy to make meals. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  8. this recipe sounds great. Hope to make it this weekend.

  9. Looks great but I’m confused. Do you marinate the shrimp in the liquid or just use that to baste while cooking?

    • it says marinate for 20 mins, but I am sure you can put a lil to the side and baste also.

    • You forgot to say WHEN to add the shrimp to the marinade.
      That is what we are confused about. Looks like a wonderful recipe! Thanks!

  10. When do u use the maianade?
    Before or after cooking the shrimp?

  11. Can’t wait to try this!

  12. if you don’t have a grill can you put these in the oven. If so for how long? Im thinking of making it for a get together this weekend

  13. Will be using this for my families annual grill off! Going for the win two years in a row!