Grilled Key Lime Shrimp is a fast and easy, meat free alternative that can be served as an appetizer or can be added as the protein to any main meal. Shrimp is marinated in fresh key lime juice with garlic, rosemary and honey, which also serves as a dipping sauce.

Skewers of grilled key lime shrimp on a pewter plate garnished with fresh rosemary and lime wedges


I never want grilling season to end because I love cooking on the grill, but it must and this is the last grilling recipe of this season. This grilled key lime shrimp is a really easy and delicious one that can also be prepare indoors on a stovetop grill anytime of the year.

A perfectly grilled shrimp getting dipped into a key lime sauce

Firstly lets talk about key limes and more specifically, juicing them. There’s no easy way to do it, because they are so small it is difficult and time consuming. Confession, I did use bottled key lime juice after squeezing a whole bag of limes and not yielding enough juice.


I did use the key lime zest and you must zest the limes before trying to juice them. I don’t see what difference there would be in the taste since this is a marinade and not a baked dessert, like my key lime cupcakes where I did go crazy juicing all the limes, but only 1 teaspoon was needed for the cupcakes. Far less than 1/4 cup for this shrimp recipe.


The marinade for the shrimp also serves as a dipping sauce for the cooked shrimp which makes it a perfect appetizer. Only half of the marinade is used on the raw shrimp and the other half for dipping at the end.


Do not marinate the shrimp for more than 20 minutes in this or any other citrus marinade because it will start to ‘cook’ the shrimp and break it down. I recommend pre-heating the grill when you begin the marinating process so you have time to skewer the shrimp without compromising them.


A closeup of freshly grilled key lime shrimp


I served this grilled key lime shrimp with a wonderful seasonal heirloom tomato salad with feta and pistachios that we enjoyed outside the other evening.


A white plate of colorful heirloom tomatoes with feta and pistachios  serves as the perfect side dish

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Grilled Key Lime Shrimp

Skewers of grilled shrimp on a grey oval plate with fresh lime wedges and rosemary

Grilled key lime shrimp is a fast and easy, meat free alternative that can be served as an appetizer or can be added as the protein to  any main meal.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes


  • 1/4 cup key lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon key lime zest
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • 24 shrimp, peeled and deveined


  1. To a mixing bowl add the key lime zest, juice salt, garlic, rosemary, honey and oil. Whisk well to combine.
  2. Add the shrimp to a bowl and pour over ½ of the marinade, cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Preheat the grill.
  3. Thread the shrimp onto skewers and grill for no more than 5 minutes on the first side then turn and cook for 2 minutes. Serve immediately with the rest of the marinade for dipping.

Nutrition Information



Amount Per Serving Calories 103Saturated Fat 2gCholesterol 90mgSodium 571mgCarbohydrates 10gSugar 8gProtein 7g


Heirloom Tomato Salad with Feta and Pistachios


Heirloom tomato salad with feta and pistachios is the ultimate summer tomato salad. Sweet heirloom wedges are plated with feta and fresh basil then drizzled with a light, lemon and pistachio dressing.