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Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro Dipping Sauce Recipe

Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro Dipping Sauce Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. In a blender, combine the sauce ingredients; cover and process until blended. Chill until serving.
  • 3. 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. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional 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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sammymom1 User ID: 5315947 188925
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1258370 173480
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1196484 211749
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2355136 119812
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"This is fabulous. Loved it!"

salsberg User ID: 3178961 173476
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

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

sylviasaturn User ID: 4711875 119810
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2012

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

lexynjoesmom User ID: 734853 173276
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2011

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

leosuser User ID: 6156428 111355
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"Nice recipe!!"

seattlehorse User ID: 6170470 173275
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

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

fbrumback User ID: 6164625 192036
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2011

"Makes a tasty and healthy dinner. The cilantro was a little overwhelming, so I'm going to tone it down the next time I make this. Served with a salad and coconut rice."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 190119
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"Best shrimp recipe yet, and I've made it a lot of different ways. Of course the cilantro dipping sauce was the cherry on top!"

jho2003 User ID: 3191857 173475
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011


yooperfriend User ID: 795355 108854
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"This is awesome"

JanetKosmatka User ID: 5947681 177962
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2011

"This was so delicious and easy. This recipe is a keeper and I usually don't make the same thing twice!"

Delores14 User ID: 1286731 188922
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"I've made this recipe twice and it has been fabulous both times. It's quick, easy, and oh so tasty! My entire family enjoys this one! The cilantro dipping sauce is ever so yummy and it tastes great over eggs the next morning for breakfast and also makes a great salad dressing. This recipe is a keeper!"

MauMauLady User ID: 5731989 173474
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2011

"Loved it! Will make it or just the dipping sauce again soon! Can't wait to share with others at a party and have everybody ooh and aah!"

tcarver User ID: 5663692 192035
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"easy and yummy! I bit too much sauce but I will try it with chicken because it was so tasty."

tcarver User ID: 5663692 190118
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"easy and yummy! I bit too much sauce but I will try it with chicken because it was so tasty."

danpas336 User ID: 4620962 147069
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"I made this recipe earlier this week. I didn't have any shrimp so I used chicken breast cut into bite size bits. Simply delicious. I just love the dip. Great with vegies (try it with roasted vegies)."

griller22 User ID: 1870738 119807
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

"Excellent.... Good for green chicken enchilada casserol add a dap of sour cream"

ucfchik1 User ID: 5456655 173468
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2010

"It was a HUGE hit. Absolutely loved it and will make it again....soon!"

alarson2008 User ID: 4297178 187831
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010

"I made this for a family get together and it was a huge hit! There was a ton of sauce left over so we scrounged around and found some tortilla chips to finish it off. I've made just the sauce and used it for a great low carb veggie dip and also used it on shrimp and chicken soft tacos with some rice and black beans. The cilantro dipping sauce is definitely the star of this recipe!"

PeterSB User ID: 5190121 105965
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"This was fabulous! There's just enough "kick" in the dipping sauce. The sauce is great with raw vegies, too. We used larger shrimp (Jumbo: 16-20 per pound and 4-5 per serving)"

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