Spicy Cilantro Shrimp with Honey Lime Dipping Sauce

Spicy Cilantro Shrimp with Honey Lime Dipping Sauce - www.SweetDashofSass.comI’m a huge fan of seafood.  White fish especially, but I also love shrimp – even more so if it’s encrusted in coconut! :)  I typically only order fish when we are out at a nice restaurant, unless of course, we are in Hawaii and I’m eating it everyday for dinner!  Boy, do I miss Hawaii….

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One of the reasons I don’t make fish at home very often is due to my hubby not being a fan of seafood.  While I was walking in the store one day thinking of recipe ideas, I remembered there was a recipe that I came across on Pinterest that I really wanted to try.  I was initially going to make this dish with chicken.  But I thought, what the heck, I’m going to make it with shrimp.  Hopefully, he will still enjoy.

This was super easy to make – under 10 minutes!!  The cous cous I made on the side took longer to cook than the main meal!  If you are a fan of spicy (and shrimp) – this dish is for you!  The Honey Lime Dipping Sauce goes PERFECTLY with the spiciness from the shrimp.

We both devoured this!  I was so happy Bob enjoyed it.  He still talks about how good this dish was.  I’m definitely going to try making this as a chicken version next.

I served this with Pearled Cous Cous (that I mixed with a little lime juice/cilantro) and corn on the cob.


Spicy Cilantro Shrimp with Honey Lime Dipping Sauce
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 3
  • 1¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and devined
  • 1½ tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (juice of 1 small lime)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. Combine the paprika, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  2. Add shrimp to bowl of seasonings and toss to fully coat.
  3. In a large pan, melt butter over medium-high heat.
  4. Add shrimp to pan and cook 2-3 minutes on each side.
  5. Once shrimp is fully cooked, add fresh lime juice and cilantro and toss.
  6. Serve with Honey Lime Dipping Sauce
Tip #1: Shrimp is fully cooked when they turn pink and curl into a "C" shape.

For the Dipping Sauce:
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoon fresh lime juice (1/2 of a lime)
1 tablespoon honey
Grated lime zest from 1 small lime (about 1½ teaspoons)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Mix all ingredients and chill until ready to serve.

Recipe Idea Adapted from Love Grows Wild



  1. Holy cow, this looks so good! And, under 10 minutes sounds like a weeknight meal to me. The honey-lime dipping sauce would be an easy one to whip up and accompany other savory dishes too. I’m so glad to hear your husband enjoyed it too. :-)

  2. Mary Ellen says:

    Wow! This sounds like a great Friday Happy Hour dish for our weekly family gathering! I’m looking forward to trying this!

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