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Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Recipe

Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Recipe

“I created this recipe for a Cinco de Mayo party, and it was a hit! It’s so easy, yet has a serious ‘wow’ factor. The creamy dipping sauce mellows out the shrimp’s heat perfectly.”—Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min. YIELD:60 servings


  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped plus 1/4 cup adobo sauce
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh mint


  • 1. In a small saucepan, bring the brown sugar, chipotles, adobo sauce, garlic, water, lime juice, oil and salt to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; cool completely.
  • 2. Transfer mixture to a large resealable plastic bag. Add the shrimp; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for up to 2 hours.
  • 3. Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients; chill until serving.
  • 4. Drain and discard marinade. Thread shrimp onto metal or soaked wooden skewers. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack.
  • 5. Grill shrimp, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 6-8 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, turning once. Serve with sauce. Yield: about 5 dozen (1-1/4 cups sauce).

Nutritional Facts

1 shrimp with 1 teaspoon sauce: 27 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

Reviews for Grilled Chipotle Shrimp

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mrscrazyed1 User ID: 6143812 228108
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"Did not care for the shrimp at all; very disappointed given all the great reviews. But the dipping sauce is killer. Will be using that in other recipes."

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 193045
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

"Definite WOW factor here! This is our favorite appetizer for parties! Everyone loves them!"

Pocahantas User ID: 2200135 195675
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"This recipe so good...Husband loved it!!"

cej222000 User ID: 7569548 116750
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"The shrimp had a really nice kick to them and it was delicious. I did mine on the grill and it was perfect. I will definitely make it for future BBQs"

thochstett User ID: 7318377 194525
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

"Everyone LOVED these...couldn't make enough!"

cmhattersley User ID: 6434584 193041
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"This is a fantastic recipe! We make it for every cookout and it always impresses!! Definitely a dish that impresses!"

pamdevone User ID: 3875916 132092
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"It was delicious, the shrimp had so much flavor, it was a fantastic marinade. Thanks for the recipe!"

karenzacharias User ID: 2759617 177942
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2012

"Not sure which I like better, the shrimp or the sauce! Both are favs."

karenzacharias User ID: 2759617 212463
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2012

"Not sure which I like better, the shrimp or the sauce! Both are favs"

tp0615 User ID: 1662177 150060
Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"This is a fabulous recipe! The marinade gives the shrimp heat and the wonderful dipping sauce cools them down. This is perfect and I wouldn't change a thing."

Rhynowf57 User ID: 6177926 193038
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2011

"I switched a few ingredients around. I used 1/4 cup "Lawry's" Baja Chipotle marinade instead of the adobo sauce and peppers because I couldn't find them. But it helped because it had both chipotles AND lime juice in it. i also added a dash of adobo seasoning to it. Other than that i made it for my 18th birthday. I had ppl leaning back and looking at the shrimp going. Hooooooo mann! Thank you very much for the recipe :)"

rpiper User ID: 6148628 116711
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2011

"best marinade for shrimp i've ever tried. make it every weekend"

ConlKat User ID: 5639159 116757
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

"I have already made this twice within the last week. We started with shrimp but just made it for chicken. Awesome! Next, we will mix it in with some ground turkey to make burgers. The sour cream sauce would be a perfect topper...... well, that and some avocado. :-)"

BrittneyR User ID: 5831536 193036
Reviewed May. 4, 2011

"Fantastic!! Tasted gourment! Will definitely make again!"

HWalz User ID: 5291275 191415
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"Easy and delicious! I found a can of peppers in adobo sauce at the grocery store-- very spicey so I only used 1/8 cup. The family loved the recipe! Didn't even need the cilantro cream sauce! However, the sauce was great on lime pulled pork on corn tortillas that I served with it!"

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 150059
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2011

"Superb. Served it for dinner with 3 other couples and all of them raved. Definitely an easy way to impress!"

michele cass User ID: 5926505 116756
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2011

"Best shrimp ever!!"

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 132543
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"I loved this. The shrimp was just spicy enough and the sauce has a light, delicate flavor that went perfectly. I will definitely serve at my next BBQ."

anselr User ID: 2011539 116697
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2011

"These are really delicious. Everything can be prepped earlier in the day and then broiled or grilled right before serving. They flew off the table when I served them at a family gathering."

sartenl User ID: 5011022 195673
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2011

"Shrimp were quite tasty, just the right amount of "kick". I didn't like the sauce, but I substituted parsley for the cilantro because my husband and I don't like cilantro. However, in this case, it probably needs cilantro, even for non-cilantro people. Also, I minced the parsley, but the sauce still came out kind of crunchy... I was going to use my immersion blender to see if I could do a better job making it creamier, but I lost it apparently."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.