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Cilantro Lime Roasted Shrimp with Tomatillo Sauce

Cilantro Lime Roasted Shrimp on a plate with a cup of homemade Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

Cilantro Lime Roasted Shrimp served with homemade Tomatillo Sauce – filled with fresh cilantro lime flavors this classic appetizer with a twist will definitely be your new favorite!

I feel like the beginning of a post is key. If I don’t grab your attention then your probably just going to scroll right down to the recipe and not see or read all the goodness that is in the actual post. Just a dilema.

I was trying to think of an awesome can’t-resist-reading-on-hook to the beginning of this post … but I got nothing.

So instead. I’m just gonna get right into what I’m thinking today. What do you think of God?

I know big question right?!

Cilantro Lime Roasted Shrimp on a parchment-lined baking sheet

Do you think he is some big overarching dictator in the sky looking at you with condemnation and disappointment when you don’t “live up to his expectations?” Or do you think of him as a good loving Father?


Think about it. Some people have had rough times in life. Lost loved ones, not understanding why. Lived in abusive homes and not seen a way out, or worse yet maybe never had a home. They probably see God as someone who doesn’t care about them -not a loving God.

Others have had to work hard for everything, nothing came easy. Work hard … and you get what you want. They see God as someone they have to earn their love from.

Others may see God as some high being in the sky who keeps a tally of the good things you do in life verses the bad things you do – basically a glorified Santa Clause.

Cilantro Lime Roasted Shrimp on a plate with a cup of homemade Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

Here is the truth of what I know and have experienced in life. I have seen God mend marriages that seem hopeless. I have seen God break addictions – alcoholic,  sexual, drugs… that seem unbreakable! I have seen God bring orphaned abused children into loving homes. I have seen God bless families with a child after years of infertility.

It has taken me a while, but God has been patient and constant to show who he really is. Out of all the hard times and pain in life I have seen that God is faithful. He will not leave us in pain. He will not abandon us in our weakness. He will not let us continue to get “hammered” by life.

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Bring her into the wilderness And speak kindly to her. Then I will give her her vineyards from there, And the valley of Achor as a door of hope.”  Hosea 2:14-15

Collage of Cilantro Lime Roasted Shrimp before and after cooking

This verse is beautiful to me, God is saying that in our hardest time when we feel all alone {or in our “dessert”} he is going to meet us there and speak tenderly to us. He is going to show us his heart for us.

I just envision a father bending down to his little girl and whispering… “I love you. I am right here with you. I will protect you. Don’t carry this burden alone. I will help you. I am your shelter. I am your comforter, you can cry in my arms.”

Then after he consoles us and shows us how much he loves us and then says he will give us “vineyards.”  Not only that, the place that were broken, where all the hurt happen – that place will be a “door of hope.”

How incredible is that!? Seriously just love it! That is God’s heart towards us, a loving consoling gracious tender father who cares deeply for his children!

Top view of Cilantro Lime Roasted Shrimp on a plate with a cup of homemade Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

So what do you believe about God? How do you see him? Do you see him as a good loving father or an all powerful being keeping track of your rights and wrongs?

Thats what was on my mind today. Now that I’ve filled your hearts and minds how bout I fill those tummies!

Way back in November I posted these Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp served with a Homemade Cocktail Sauce and it BLEW UP on pinterest … literally. It has had over 148,000 pins/repins (that I can see) since then which is crazy to me. So clearly I know that people like Shrimp!

Since Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and I will use any excuse I can to make Mexican Food – todays recipe is a Cilantro Lime Roasted Shrimp with a Tomatillo Sauce.

The shrimp is covered fresh cilantro, lime, garlic, and smoked paprika – roasted to perfection in 8 minutes. The tomatillo sauce is made with roasted fresh tomatillo, poblanos, and red onions and finished off with lots of lime juice and fresh cilantro.

BEST appetizer ever! Period!

It’s a fun southwestern twist on a classic appetizer that everyone will love.

Cilantro Lime Roasted Shrimp being dipped into roasted tomatillo sauce

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A pile of Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Tomatillo Sauce in a bowl.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Roasted Tomatillo Sauce

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 28 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 35 jumbo shrimp 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Mexican


The easy shrimp appetizer is covered with fresh cilantro, tangy lime, spicy garlic, and smoked paprika. It’s served with a fresh tomatillo lime sauce.



For the Shrimp:

  • 3135 jumbo shrimp, shell off and deveined
  • 3/4 cup of fresh cilantro, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime (about 1 tablespoons)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper
  • zest of one lime

For the Tomatillo Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 poblano, roast it whole but only use half in the sauce
  • 45 tomatillos
  • 1/4 cup of of red onions (cut in a big wedge)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro
  • 23 tablespoons of lime juice
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Place red onion, tomatillos, and poblano on baking sheet. Season 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and place in blender with cilantro, lime juice, garlic clove, salt, & pepper to taste. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl mix, 3/4 cup of fresh cilantro, red wine vinegar, olive oil, lime juice, 2 minced garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, lime zest, salt, and pepper. Whisk until combined.
  6. Pour cilantro lime sauce over shrimp that has been patted dry, toss to coat everything.
  7. Spread seasoned shrimp out on a baking sheet, making sure they are in a single layer.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until pink.
  9. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with tomatillo sauce.

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