Grilled Chipotle Shrimp With Cilantro And Rice

Chipotle Shrimp

This grilled Chipotle Shrimp dish has SO much flavor and cooks up in a flash! Peeled shrimp are quickly marinated in a fresh cilantro chipotle mixture, then cooked on the grill for a charred flavor.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chipotle shrimp
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 228kcal


  • 2 tbsp cilantro leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 red fresno chile seeds and ribs removed
  • 1 tsp ground chipotle powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp (I used 21/25 count*)
  • oil for greasing the grill or pan as needed


  • In a food processor, blend together the cilantro, garlic, lime juice, chile, chipotle powder, oil, and salt, until smooth, about 60 seconds.
  • Place the marinade in a bowl and add the shrimp. Toss to coat.
  • Marinate the shrimp for 30 minutes (or 15 if you're in a hurry). Make sure not to do longer than that, or the marinade will start to affect the texture of the shrimp and make it mushy.  
  • Heat a grill** over medium high heat, and cook the shrimp for about 1 minute on each side, until cooked through. The shrimp will turn from a translucent/gray color to pink when they're cooked through.
  • You can also sear the shrimp in a hot nonstick skillet if you prefer.


*Cook time varies depending on the size of the shrimp and how hot your stovetop/grill is. You're looking for the shrimp to turn from a translucent/gray color to light pink, and the shrimp should feel firm when pressed with your finger. You can always cut open too, to see if it's cooked through. 
**In the winter months, I use this indoor grill. I was pleasantly surprised at how much char flavor it gives anything I cook on it, and it plugs right into an electrical outlet. 
Leftovers will keep for 2-3 days.


Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 885mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g