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Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro Dipping Sauce

I came up with this recipe when my daughter grew a beautiful jalapeno plant last summer. I already had cilantro in the garden, so it seemed like a great combination for a tasty sauce. —Elizabeth Lubin, Huntington Beach, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + marinating Grill: 5 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Dash cayenne pepper


  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the cilantro, oil, chives and garlic. Add the shrimp; seal bag and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • In a blender, combine the sauce ingredients; cover and process until blended. Chill until serving.
  • Thread shrimp onto four metal or soaked wooden skewers. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until shrimp turn pink. Serve with sauce.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 208 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 144mg cholesterol, 615mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • ebramkamp
    Sep 26, 2017

    My husband loves spicy, cilantro and grilled shrimp so this was a must try. I'm so glad I did because he loved it. Next time I will only make half the amount of sauce for him or use half over chicken perhaps.

  • sammymom1
    Sep 2, 2013

    I made this for a get together with neighbors and it was a real hit! I'm using extra dipping sauce on fish tacos this week.

  • santinawestbrook
    Jan 30, 2013

    This is really tasty. My whole family loved it. I added some lime juice to the marinade. Served over a bed of orzo.

  • justmbeth
    Jun 24, 2012

    The sauce really made this recipe. Fabulous! Marinade was ok but probably any marinade/seasoning would work for the shrimp. Definitely an abundance of sauce. Next time will half sauce or double the shrimp.

  • cheeriogirl
    May 30, 2012

    This is fabulous. Loved it!

  • salsberg
    Apr 15, 2012

    I made this dish for Easter brunch. My family loved it. No changes.

  • sylviasaturn
    Mar 26, 2012

    Tasted OK, but too much work for too little flavor.

  • lexynjoesmom
    Dec 25, 2011

    this has become a family favorite. I have used the marinade on scallops and chicken as well as the shrimp.

  • leosuser
    Nov 24, 2011

    Nice recipe!!

  • seattlehorse
    Oct 3, 2011

    The sauce was a little too spicy, but over all it was delicious.