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marinated key lime shrimp

Marinated Key Lime Shrimp

4.5 from 2 reviews

  • Author: Sharilyn
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


As someone who is a fan of cold shrimp, this does it for me! It's perfect as an appetizer if you're entertaining or as a snack if you're having it all by yourself. Although the recipe calls for a tiny bit of sugar, it is NOT sweet.



juice of 8 key limes (about 6 tbsp)

1 lb shrimp, deveined & steamed

1/3 cup red onion, chopped small

4 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

1 teaspoon sea salt

4 tbsp olive oil

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon finely ground pepper


  1.  Prepare all ingredients- chop cilantro, chop red onion, juice key limes, peel and devein shrimp-leaving the tails on.
  2. Steam or blanch shrimp. If blanching-allow shrimp to cool, then drain. Make sure shrimp are patted dry before proceeding to the next step.
  3. Combine sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil, and key lime juice in a small bowl; mix well. Add shrimp to an airtight container, then add red onion, key lime juice mixture, and cilantro before tossing to combine. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. Serve and enjoy immediately!


See post for instructions on how to blanch shrimp.

  • Prep Time: 70 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Steamed
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 4 oz
  • Calories: 348
  • Sugar: 9.8 g
  • Sodium: 727 mg
  • Fat: 14.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 43.3 g
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Cholesterol: 182.5 mg

Keywords: key lime shrimp