Paleo Plan

Green Lightning Shrimp


Makes dinner for two, with leftovers for lunch.

Recipe submitted by Justin.

Approximate cooking time: 30 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes to marinate


  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 bunch cilantro, rinsed and coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped (for hotter shrimp, leave the seeds in)
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • metal or bamboo skewers (2 for each shrimp)
  • 2 additional limes, cut into wedges


  • Thread the shrimp onto 2 parallel skewers, using 2 skewers for each kebab.  Arrange the kebabs in a shallow glass or ceramic dish.
  • Set aside 3 Tbs cilantro for the garlic cilantro sauce.   Place remaining cilantro, jalapenos, green onions, garlic, salt, black pepper, and cumin in a food processor and finely chop.  With the machine running, add 1/4 cup olive oil and lime juice through the feed tube and puree.  Pour over shrimp and let marinate in the refrigerator, covered for 30 minutes.
  • Shortly before meal time, heat remaining oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.  When pan is hot, add garlic and reserved cilantro and cook until the garlic is golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes.  keep the cilantro sauce warm until ready to use.
  • Prepare grill.
  • When ready to cook, drain and discard marinade from kebabs.  Place shrimp kebabs on the hot grate and baste with garlic and cilantro sauce.  Continue to baste and grill until just cooked through, 1 to 3 minutes per side until shrimp are pinkish white and firm.
  • Pour any remaining garlic cilantro sauce over top and serve with fresh lime wedges.


  1. jhofherr

    So tasty! I used big prawns instead of shrimp and sauteed them instead of grilling ‘em… much quicker than kebabs during the week. One of my favorites so far.

  2. lynderville

    Really really good! Not spicey at all (we did not keep the seeds in the peppers) and had a really amazing flavor – will be making this again for sure!

  3. This recipe is a keeper. Excellent flavor, and quick prep and cook time.

  4. Eileen

    It would be really nice to have the nutritional information on each recipe.

    • Neely Quinn

      Eileen – We’re continually working on it. This recipe in particular does have nutritional info, though…

  5. wesesq

    So the 3 cloves of garlic are split between the marinade and the sauce?

  6. Karen M

    I didn’t add the peppers to this as my daughter isn’t a fan of too much spice. The marinade was lovely. I didn’t bother putting them on skewers. Can never see the point when they just come straight back off again! :) I just fried them in a wok with until they were done. We had them with kale chips and it was yummy.

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