This Spicy Lime Shrimp recipe makes a nice and light Valentines dinner. You can make it a nice romantic dinner for you and your man. Or make it a quick weeknight meal.

This makes a nice fun Valentines dinner for the family because it is special. Shrimp is not something we eat every week.

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Spicy Lime Shrimp Recipe


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp red pepper flakes*
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped


Mix together garlic, pepper flakes, lime juice & cilantro. Place in a shallow bowl or ziplock bag*. Add shrimp and marinate for 10 – 15 minutes. *I grew up using one of these Tupperware marinating containers and love them.

As a side note, this is the perfect time to work on a simple quinoa salad, while your shrimp is marinating.

Heat a pan to medium-high. Add oil, then shrimp, I included the marinade but if you feel like placing each shrimp in the pan instead that is fine too. Cook for about 2 minutes, flip the shrimp and cook for another 2 minutes or until shrimp are fully cooked.

Serve on top of your quinoa salad, if desired.

*It can be a bit spicy so if you or your family don’t like things very spicy I’d use 1-2 tsp of red pepper flakes instead of 1/2 Tbsp.

If you don’t want quinoa salad with your shrimp this Summer Succotash or Sweet Pear & Cabbage Salad would pair nicely with it.

Any way you eat it I hope you enjoy it!

Benefits of Shrimp

  1. Packed with protein – which helps your body burn calories and fat.
  2. High in zinc – a mineral that helps your body produce leptin (which is an appetite-controlling hormone)
  3. High in iodine – which helps your thyroid function better.
  4. Has tryptophan – which releases serotonin & vitamin B12; uplifting your mood & keeping your mind sharp.
  5. Tends to be low in mercury – making it a better seafood choice. I’d recommend wild-caught cold-water shrimp.
  6. Frozen shrimp are flash frozen right after they’ve been harvested (like frozen fruits & veggies) – so depending on where you live it is often fresher than the shrimp laying out in the butcher block section of the grocery store.


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