Spicy Grilled Lime Shrimp

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Spicy grilled lime shrimp is the perfect recipe for backyard BBQs or indoor grilling! Our Mexican-inspired shrimp marinade is the secret to this flavorful recipe. This easy appetizer brings people together to share good times.

Grilled shrimp skewers served with avocado dipping sauce.


This grilled shrimp recipe is packed with authentic-Mexican flavor that delivers a gentle yet firm kick of heat! These are the ingredients for a delicious shrimp marinade:

  • Can of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce
  • Virgin olive oil
  • Freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • Garlic cloves
  • Cilantro
  • Brown sugar

Ingredients for shrimp marinade.


For grilled shrimp skewers, purchase one pound of fresh uncooked shrimp. To make things easy, buy medium-sized shrimp that are already shelled and deveined. It’s important to note that shrimp will go bad if not immediately refrigerated after purchase. For food safety, never refreeze shrimp that’s been previously frozen.

Fresh shrimp in butcher paper.


This is the easy recipe for grilled shrimp kabobs:

  • STEP 1: Prepare the shrimp marinade (see recipe card for instructions.)
  • STEP 2: Rinse off the shrimp in cold running water. Gently pat them dry between paper towels. Place them into a zippered plastic bag. Pour the shrimp marinade on top. Gently massage the plastic bag to evenly distribute the marinade.
  • STEP 3: Allow the shrimp to marinate in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

Grilled shrimp on a platter with lime wedges and dipping sauce.


Follow these expert grilling tips for perfect grilled shrimp skewers!

  • SOAK WOODEN SKEWERS: Soak the wooden skewers for 20-30 minutes. This is the same amount of time your shrimp is marinating in the refrigerator. Allowing the skewers enough time to absorb water before use will help prevent them from scorching and falling apart on the grill.
  • SKEWER SHRIMP KABOBS: After the soaking period, skewer medium-size shrimp by piercing the thick part of the shrimp close to the tail. Run the skewer through the shrimp a second time at the wide area toward the top. Double skewering will prevent your seafood from easily rotating around the skewer or falling off the stick while grilling. When skewering jumbo shrimp, it’s best to use two skewers instead of one. You can thread 4-5 jumbo shrimp on a set of two skewers.
  • TIPS FOR CRISPY OR CHARRED SHRIMP: If you want juicer shrimp, skewer the pieces closer together. For crispy or charred grilled shrimp, leave a small space on the skewer between each piece. Your shrimp kabobs are now ready to hit the grill!

Grilled shrimp skewers lined up on a baking tray.


Wondering how long to grill shrimp? Here are some expert grilling tips!

  • STEP 1: Heat up your grill over medium to medium-high heat.
  • STEP 2: Brush some oil over the grill to prevent sticking.
  • STEP 3: Lay your skewers over the grill and cook for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes on each side. Take care not to overcook your shrimp or the texture will become rubbery.

HOW LONG TO GRILL SHRIMP How do you know if shrimp is cooked? Take a sharp knife and slice through the thickest part of the grilled shrimp. Cooked shrimp should be solid white inside.

Grilled shrimp skewers on an indoor grill.


You can make this delicious dipping sauce in no time flat!

  • STEP 1: In a medium bowl, mix sour cream, avocados, lime juice, cilantro, jalapeno, pressed garlic, white onion, and salt and pepper.
  • STEP 2: For a creamier consistency, briefly process the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  • STEP 3: Transfer the dipping sauce to a small serving bowl. For individual-size servings, spoon it into several small dipping cups.

Avocado dipping sauce for grilled shrimp.


[This post has been updated. It was originally sponsored by Sutter Home on July 14, 2018.]

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Grilled shrimp recipe being made in the kitchen while sipping wine.


For authentic Mexican flare, serve grilled shrimp skewers with juicy wedges of lime and creamy avocado dipping sauce.

Grilled shrimp skewers plated with avocado dipping sauce.


Add more festive color to your grilled shrimp with a sprinkling of chopped cilantro. Along with this dish, consider grilling up a variety of colorful chili peppers, bell peppers, corn or other healthy veggies!

Grilled shrimp on an oval platter with lime slices.

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Recipe for Spicy Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Avocado Lime Dipping Sauce

Spicy Grilled Lime Shrimp

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These spicy grilled shrimp skewers are perfect for the grilling season. Served with juicy slices of lime and a dipping sauce, this grilled shrimp recipe doubles as both an appetizer or main course! If you’ve been craving shrimp tacos, this is the recipe to use!




  • 1 pound fresh shrimp (medium/large), peeled and deveined
  • 23 whole chipotle peppers in adobe sauce (with seeds), from a 7-ounce can
  • 2 tablespoons adobe sauce (from the can of chipotle peppers)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
  • 3 + 1/2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 + 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 small avocados, skin and pits removed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons diced jalapeno, seeds removed
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoons minced white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Dice the chipotle peppers and add them to a small bowl. Measure out the adobe sauce and olive oil and add those to the bowl as well. Squeeze the lime juice and press the garlic. Add those ingredients to the bowl along with the chopped cilantro, brown sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well until all ingredients are fully combined.
  2. Rinse the shrimp and pat them dry with paper towels. Place the shrimp into a zip-top kitchen bag. Pour the marinade over the shrimp. Zip the bag and gently massage it to distribute the spicy marinade. Every piece of shrimp should be fully coated with the marinade. Refrigerate the shrimp for 20-30 minutes so it can marinate.
  3. Soak wooden skewers in water for 20-30 minutes to prevent them from burning on the grill.
  4. Skewer the shrimp. If you desire juicy shrimp, skewer the shrimp so that the pieces are touching. If you prefer charred or slightly crispy shrimp, leave some space between the pieces.
  5. Heat up your grill over medium or medium-high heat. Brush a bit of oil over the surface of the grill to prevent sticking. Lay the shrimp skewers over the grill. Cook for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes and then flip them over. Cook another 2 to 2-1/2 minutes then remove them from the grill. Check for doneness by slicing a piece through the thickest section. When fully cooked, the inside should be solid white. Take care to not overcook your shrimp or they will develop a rubbery texture.
  6. Garnish with more chopped cilantro. Serve with creamy avocado dipping sauce and wedges of lime.


Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Pulse until creamy. Transfer to a small serving bowl and refrigerate until serving time.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner, Party
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex

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Grilled shrimp on an oval platter with lime slices.


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  1. We made this the other day with your cilantro lime rice and YES YES YES!!! That is all I can say about that!
    If anyone is reading this and not sure what to pair it with, go to the cilantro lime rice recipe and make it. I promise you, it will be the best meal you ever tasted!
    But! Make sure you keep an eye on those shrimp, we overcooked a few of the first ones before we got a hang of it. The cooking time really matters here. Once you get that down, flawless

  2. This was really a great recipe. Followed exactly except omitted the cilantro as we didn’t have any. Shrimp were juicy with a hint of smokiness and a lovely bit of heat. Will make again – soon!

    1. Nancy, I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this spicy grilled lime shrimp! It’s one of our family’s go-to recipes during the summer grilling season. Thanks so much for coming back to sharing your experience with this recipe. Have a fun weekend!

  3. Thanks for this simple, yet, so delicious recipe. Now, I can’t wait to try this tomorrow.

    1. Hello Princess! I’m so happy you discovered this easy delicious recipe for spicy grilled lime shrimp. Enjoy your weekend and the fabulous summer weather!

    1. Thank you so much Wilhelmina! I know this is a recipe that you’ll really enjoy. The best part is how wonderfully simple this spicy grilled lime shrimp is to prepare. Enjoy these beautiful days of summer!

  4. So good! We love grilling and this was the perfect thing to kick the grilling season off with. Just the right amount of heat from the jalapeño in the dipping sauce with the avocado to balance it out.

    1. It really is a perfect combo to make it all taste really yummy. Im so glad you enjoyed it. Have a good weekend.

  5. I am ALWAYS in the mood for shrimp and this looks gorgeous and so, so flavorful! It definitely pairs perfectly with wine!!

    1. Its always a good time for shrimp. lol. Thank you for stopping by. Have a fantastic weekend.

  6. This looks SO delicious and tasty! I’m an avocado addict so I definitely can’t wait to try it! Also, loving the pictures!

    1. It is so good. If you love avocado, you will definitely love this. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. The shrimps look so delicious! It’s perfect for BBQ. I would love to try out this recipe for sure. Saving it, thank you :)

    1. Thank you so much. It would be beyond perfect for a BBQ. Thank you for stopping by. Have a fantastic weekend!

  8. Everything about this recipe looks delicious! I will definitely be saving this on Pinterest for later. Thanks for adding the tip in about soaking the skewers, I would not have known to do that otherwise!

    1. Samantha, you are absolutely welcome for the skewers-soaking tip! And thank you so much for sharing the love by pinning this spicy grilled lime shrimp recipe to Pinterest!

  9. yum! I’m not an avocado person but my husband loves them. I’ll do the shrimp on their own! Those would be good in tacos too

    1. Hi Betsy! These spicy grilled lime shrimp are amazing in tacos! Squeeze a bit of lime over the top of the shrimp and mmmm…yummy!

  10. So yummy! Those shrimps look perfect! The marinade you used will definitely make the shrimps really tasty! Oh, and that creamy avocado dip is to die for!

    1. Annemarie, once you have a bite of these spicy grilled lime shrimp, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to paradise! They are so darn good. And the avocado dipping sauce takes things to the next level!

    1. Hi Jennifer. Yes indeed! The marinade for these Spicy Grilled Lime Shrimp skewers is mouthwateringly delicious! I can hardly wait for you to try it out. :-)

  11. This recipe makes my mouth watering just reading it, It looks so delicious, thank you for sharing, I will definitely have to try it!

    ~xo Sheree

    1. Hi Erica! I’m thrilled that you’re lovin’ hard on this Spicy Grilled Lime Shrimp recipe. It tastes just as yummy as it looks!