Melt the butter and oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the garlic, onion and jalapeno.
Cook, stirring until the onion begins to wilt, approximately 3 minutes.
Add the red pepper flakes and oregano.
Continue cooking until the onion becomes translucent, approximately 3 additional minutes.
Add the tomatoes.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are soft.
Add the shrimp, zest and lime juice, salt and black pepper.
Cook until the shrimp are just opaque. Be careful not to overcook.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cilantro.
For best results, use fresh raw shrimp. They'll absorb the flavors much more than frozen shrimp will.
Cilantro should be added after everything is cooked to make sure it keeps its bright, fresh flavor.
Heat the butter and oil over medium high heat to get a good sear on the veggies which will develop depth of flavor in the sauce. Use a heavy bottomed skillet (cast iron is recommended).
Leave the tails on the shrimp (they add loads of flavor).
If you just really don't like the flavor of cilantro (and I know some people really don't!), try substituting an equal amount of freshly chopped basil.
Swap lemon juice for the lime juice for a unique, but equally delicious, recipe.
Use a different variety of tomatoes in your recipe. Heritage varieties are especially good at the peak of their season.
How to Serve Cilantro Lime Shrimp
Wrap it in warm tortillas for fresh shrimp tacos.
Serve with a side of your favorite sourdough bread to soak up the flavorful pan sauce.
Serve on a bed of rice with pico de gallo, sour cream, and lettuce for a fun shrimp burrito bowl.
Toss into fresh, hot pasta for a beautiful summer dinner dish.
Serve with your favorite weeknight sides.
FAQsCan I freeze this recipe? Allow the finished recipe to cool completely, then transfer to a freezer safe storage bag and remove as much air as possible. Seal the bag and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge when you're ready to use.How long will this keep in the refrigerator? Cooked seafood keeps for 2-3 days refrigerated. However, it's always best when eaten the same day and this dish tastes best when consumed immediately after cooking.Does this taste like the Costco cilantro lime shrimp? This recipe is better in my opinion, because it's made with a light homemade tomato sauce that is unmatched in the Costco version. Homemade is always best!