I’m so thrilled to be partnering with McCormick again this year! My kitchen cabinet has been full of their little red capped spices since day one, and I love sharing ideas and recipe inspiration with you using the products I’ve always loved. Today we are sharing a fast, easy, and super delicious recipe for Cilantro Lime Rice Shrimp Bowls.
True Confession: This is my FIRST EVER shrimp recipe on Lovely Little Kitchen. I thought I wasn’t much of a shrimp girl, but man-oh-man, I am now! Sweet jumbo shrimp sautéed in spiced butter served over zesty cilantro lime rice is definitely the way to convince yourself if you are on the fence about shrimp!
I was surprised not only by how much I LOVED this dish, but how fast and easy it was to make! Shrimp (being that they are indeed tiny) take very little time to cook and really the only way to mess them up is to overcook them. They love being bathed in butter (don’t we all?) and they are a great little swap for chicken in many of our favorite dishes.
While my husband and I both loved this recipe, Little Boy #1 could not get enough… though he did feel the need to dip the shrimp in BBQ sauce, which I do not really recommend here. I don’t get too offended though because I think he would top his ice cream with BBQ sauce if I’d let him!
And it’s AMAZING what a little onion, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro and lime can do for plain white rice. The flavor is so bright and delicious!
True Story: Currently, eating a fried egg on top of leftover said rice and some wilted baby spinach and it’s fabulous – but let’s save that for another day.
This little spice mix with McCormick’s ground cumin, garlic powder, and smoked paprika is the perfect compliment – not too spicy but adds so much depth and flavor.
If you are craving a little heat, just add in a little pinch of cayenne pepper.
So if you are needing a little inspiration to give chicken a break and try something new, give this one a go! I think you’ll love how fast, easy, and fresh it is!
For more ideas for quick and easy Lent and seafood recipes, like Baja Shrimp Pizza or Shrimp and Broccolini Stir-Fry, check out McCormick’s website.
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Cilantro Lime Rice Shrimp Bowl
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Main Dish
- Cuisine: Mexican
Shrimp sautéed in a spiced butter served over a zesty cilantro lime rice. So easy and fresh!
For the Cilantro Lime Rice
- 2 tablespoon butter, divided
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press
- 1–2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
- 2 cups white rice (I used instant)
- 2 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Sicilian Sea Salt
- 4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided
- Zest of one lime
For the Shrimp
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Smoked Paprika
- 12 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Serve with additional fresh chopped cilantro, lime, and avocado
For the Cilantro Lime Rice
- In a medium pan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium high heat. Add onion, garlic and jalapeños and sauté until the onions are soft and translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add rice, broth, lime juice, salt and 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. If using instant rice, cook for 5 minutes, then turn off heat and let stand for 5, and fluff with a fork. Add 1 tablespoon butter, remaining fresh cilantro and the zest of a lime.
For the Shrimp
- In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium high heat. Whisk in spices, and when pan is hot, add shrimp. Cook for about 2 minutes per side, then remove from heat and serve over rice with additional cilantro, lime, and avocado slices.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 666
- Sugar: 5.3g
- Sodium: 1412mg
- Fat: 39g
- Saturated Fat: 17g
- Unsaturated Fat: 19.1g
- Trans Fat: 0.9g
- Carbohydrates: 69g
- Fiber: 10g
- Protein: 15g
- Cholesterol: 124mg
Keywords: cilantro lime rice shrimp bowl, cilantro lime rice, sautéed shrimp, healthy
This post is sponsored by McCormick.
nicole (thespicetrain.com) says
Love all the delicious flavors you’ve got in here and how fresh and inviting this dish looks!
Selma Otto says
Hi! I made the shrimp recipe yesterday and it was absolutely delicious! I took a picture of my dish on instagram. All your dishes so far have been wonderful, my husband loves them. Keep them coming. Thanks!!!
I’m so glad to hear that, thank you Selma!
Kelsey M says
Yum- what a great recipe with lots of delicious spices! I usually keep my rice pretty plain but I love how it balances in with the shrimp in this recipe!
the adventurer says
thank you for sharing this recipe! I couldn’t decide what to make for dinner tonight and I stumbled upon this recipe, so delicious! Also great way to start summer =o)
Nice! Glad you enjoyed.
Do u precook rice? Or add the uncooked
Rice to the broth and onion mixture?
Put the rice in when the onions are softened. I used uncooked, instant rice, which only takes about 5 min to cook. Hope you enjoy!
Have you used long grain and do u use the recommended amount of liquid based on the box? Or stick to your 2 cups of broth
Yes, I’m thinking it will be fine to add the liquid according to the directions on the box.
Delicious! Definitely put on the “make it again” list. Perfect for a hot summer night!