Chili Lime Shrimp

chili lime shrimp in a bowl with quinoa kale and avocado

In the mood for some seafood? Me too! Shrimp is one of my favorites: it’s healthy, tasty and so fast and easy to cook! I was looking for a little Tex-Mex flavor so decided on chili lime shrimp, and with that I built a delicious protein bowl.

Ingredients for chili lime shrimp

There are many ways to make chili-lime flavors but I really like the simple approach, so instead of coming up with a combination of chili powder and a bunch of other stuff, I rely on the Trader Joe’s Chili Lime seasoning to do most of the heavy lifting, flavor-wise. The result is a very short ingredient list:

  • Shrimp
  • Chili-Lime seasoning (Trader Joe’s)
  • Lime wedges
  • Cilantro

How to make the chili lime shrimp

To start, peel your shrimp. Place in a bowl and add the chili-lime seasoning. Start with about 2 teaspoons and add more if you think it’s needed. I like a full Tablespoon for a pound of shrimp, but if you want less bold/more subtle, stick with 2 teaspoons.

Squeeze a lime wedge into the bowl

Squeeze a lime wedge into the bowl and mix together.

Add the shrimp to a hot skillet and start to cook, stirring occasionally. Squeeze another wedge of lime over the shrimp while cooking. Yes, I added lime to the bowl plus there is lime in the seasoning. But I REALLY like the taste of lime, so I do add some more. You can skip this second squeeze if you’re not sure you want that much lime.

When the shrimp is done, it will be opaque and pink. This should only take about 4-5 minutes. Turn off the heat and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.


How to make these shrimp protein bowls

The thing about protein bowls is, it’s all up to you! What do you like in your bowl? I like some greens and a grain. In this case I used massaged kale and quinoa. And any time I have something that even hints at Tex-Mex flavors, I MUST have avocado! A little more cilantro and another lime wedge because yes, I love it that much.

But to really make the cilantro and lime taste buds sing, I made a batch of my cilantro lime sauce and used it as a dressing. It was excellent, and really pulled the whole thing together!

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Feel free to use what ever you like and make this shrimp protein bowl your own!

Chili lime shrimp in skillet
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5 from 9 votes

Chili Lime Shrimp

A delicious and healthy way to cook shrimp!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 118kcal
Author: Sula


  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 lime cut in wedges
  • 2-3 teaspoons chili lime seasoning Trader Joe’s
  • Chopped cilantro to taste
  • Oil – for cooking I use canola oil


  • Place shrimp in a bowl and add seasoning and a squeeze of lime. Stir to coat the shrimp evenly with the seasoning.
  • Heat a little oil in a skillet in medium-high and add the shrimp. Squeeze another wedge of lime into the skillet.
  • Cook, the shrimp, stirring, until done. Shrimp will be opaque and pink. Turn off the heat and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.



Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 881mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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