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Starting the new year off right… Green Lightning Shrimp

I really love starting a new year. It’s that feeling of starting
fresh, feeling rejuvenated and ready to conquer anything (that might be taking it too far, but you catch my drift.). I don’t really make resolutions, only because they are basically the same ones every year. Eat healthy, exercise more, get organized, practice patience. Those have been around for quite a few years now. They aren’t going anywhere.
We had a pretty lazy New Year’s. I felt the urge to clean, and also nap. Lucky for us, the kids let us nap by taking a good long one of their own. Tomorrow though…I am hitting the gym, hard.

Green Lightning Shrimp

Dinner tonight was awesome. My neighbor told me about this shrimp recipe a couple of months ago and I couldn’t wait to make it. You gotta love the name too. The shrimp marinated in a mixture of garlic, cilantro, jalapenos, green onions, lime juice and olive oil, then were grilled.

Green Lightning Shrimp

Oh my…my year could not have started any better.

Green Lightning Shrimp
I didn’t feel the need to use as much butter as noted in the recipe. But other than that I pretty much followed it exactly. I served the shrimp with some Maryland Style Crab Cakes and a simple salad of thinly sliced cucumber, celery and red onion dressed in vinegar and chopped cilantro.

Green Lightning Shrimp(For a classic Maryland Style Crab Cake recipe, click here.)

Green Lightning Shrimp

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Green Lightning Shrimp


  • 2-1/2 pounds jumbo shrimp
  • 1 bunch cilantro, rinsed, stemmed, and coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 4 to 8 jalapeno peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped (for hotter shrimp, leave the seeds in)
  • 1 bunch scallions, both white and green parts, trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic (3 cloves coarsely chopped, 2 cloves minced)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coarse salt (kosher or sea)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter
  • Lime wedges, for serving


About 12 long (10- to12-inch) metal or bamboo skewers

1. Rinse the shrimp under cold running water and then drain and blot them dry with paper towels. Peel and devein the shrimp. Thread the shrimp onto 2 parallel skewers, using 2 skewers for each kebab. Arrange the kebabs in a nonreactive baking dish.

2. Set aside 3 tablespoons of the cilantro for the garlic cilantro butter. Place the remaining cilantro, the jalapenos, scallions, chopped garlic, salt, black pepper, and cumin in a food processor and finely chop. With the machine running, add the olive oil and lime juice through the feed tube and puree to a bright green paste. Pour this marinade over the shrimp and let them marinate in the refrigerator, covered, for 30 minutes, turning the kebabs several times so they marinate evenly.

3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and the 3 tablespoons of reserved cilantro and cook until the garlic is fragrant and sizzling, but not browned, about 2 minutes. Keep the garlic cilantro butter warm until ready to use.

4. Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high.

5. When ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. Drain the marinade from the shrimp kebabs and discard the marinade. Place the shrimp kebabs on the hot grate and grill until just cooked through, 1 to 3 minutes per side, basting with the garlic cilantro butter. When done, the shrimp will turn pinkish white and feel firm to the touch. Transfer the grilled shrimp to a platter or plates, pour any of the remaining butter sauce over them, and serve with the lime wedges.

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Green Lightning Shrimp

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24 comments on “Starting the new year off right… Green Lightning Shrimp”

  1. mmmmmm looks super good! Glad you had a nice new years.

  2. Aggie this sure looks delicious..scrumptious and down right YUM! The green brings out the hues in the shrimp.. ahhh lovely..

  3. Happy New year! I love the way this looks. I think I will try it this weekend. I sure could use a healthier recipe.

  4. Shrimp AND crab?!!! Now that’s definitely a great way to usher in the New Year! I love the marinade on the shrimp, and I’d devour all the crab cakes. YUM! Happy New Year!

  5. Aggie, this looks soooo yummy! What a great way to bring in the new year!

  6. Happy New Year! Looks like we share some of the same “resolutions” 🙂 We had a lazy day as well, but tomorrow…it’s another day!

    Ooh, these shrimp look amazing!!

  7. That looks incredible! Happy New Year! What a way to start off right.

  8. Ohhhh love this. Bookmarking, absolutely.

    I hope you and your family had a fantastic day!

  9. I dont eat seafood, but had to check out since it said “lightning”!!! Happy 2009

  10. Aggie, the shrimp look just wonderful and I must try this really soon!!!

    Happy New Year!!!

  11. This looks incredibly delicious, and makes for a gorgeous presentation! Happy New Year to you!

  12. I can’t decide what I want to try first, the shrimp or the crab cakes. Man, it looks great Aggie! Happy New Year to you- I am looking forward to lots of great food from you!

  13. Those shrimp look out of this world Aggie! I hope you have a fabulous 2009!

    You know, I think it is good to have the same resolutions every year – it means that you know what you want from life, and keep doing it!

    Happy New Year!!!

  14. I love seafood! I’m always looking for new recipes also – so this is going in my file! 🙂

    Sounds like many people had a nice, quiet, new years eve/day!

  15. I am always up for a new shrimp dish and this one sounds wonderful. Gorgeous photos too, Aggie! I wish you and your family a very happy new year!

  16. This sounds so YUMMO!!! Now I want shrimp.

  17. This looks interesting, with lots of great flavors! Especially the stick of butter!

  18. Wow…those shrimp look absolutely fabulous. Great choice!

  19. Happy new year Aggie.

    Your shrimps look amazingly tasty and so refreshing after all of the christmas food. 🙂

  20. I’ll bet your shrimp tasted awesome! And there’s nothing better than Maryland Crab Cakes, caught fresh in the Chesapeake.

  21. the shrimp look fantastic! yum. and i love maryland crab cakes. happy new year!

  22. These shrimp sound great! Bookmarked

  23. mmmmmmmmmmmmm……….
    I make my baked brie with walnuts- Im going to have to try pecans!

  24. This looks and sounds good!!!! I’m looking to do a Seafood Feast for Christmas. I will definitely keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing!