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Cilantro & Ginger Pan Fried Shrimp Recipe

Inspired by Asian cooking, this cilantro and ginger shrimp recipe is easy and quick to make. Cilantro, ginger, garlic, scallions and a few spices are dumped into a food processor for an instant marinade. Just pan-fry this shrimp and drizzle some fresh lime juice and dinner is served. This weeknight dinner will be a real treat for the family.

A plate of cooked shrimp.

Why Pan Fry Shrimp?

Shrimp cooks up quick making this a perfect weeknight meal. Simply marinate your shrimp in your favorite sauces and cook in a hot pan. Dinner is on the table five minutes later!

This recipe is Asian inspired but consider other flavor families with shrimp.

Sides To Serve With Shrimp

  • Citrus Summer Slaw – This makes a big batch you can enjoy all week long.
  • Easy Vegetarian Hot & Sour Soup – This soup cooks up really quickly.
  • Roasted Cauliflower – Roasted veggies are easy, just toss some veggies with some oil, salt and pepper and throw on a sheet pan. While this is baking you can prep your shrimp.
  • Remoulade – Sometimes a spicy mayo dipping sauce adds just the right touch.
  • The Bevys – Don’t forget the drinks. If you have a little extra time, whip up some refreshing drinks that are perfect for Summer or anytime.

WHy I love This Recipe

It’s quick, easy and perfect for either a weeknight treat or entertaining on the weekends.

Do you want to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is mingling? This recipe can be prepped before your guests arrive with only about ten minutes in the kitchen at mealtime. Want extra convenience? Serve with some store-bought crusty bread and a salad kit. Too easy!

Pro Tips

  • Be careful not to overcook your shrimp. Once it changes from translucent to opaque, remove from heat.
  • Have everything else ready and set on the table before the first shrimp hits the pan.
  • Make sure your bevy’s are also on the table.

A plate of cooked shrimp.
A plate of cooked shrimp.

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A plate of cooked shrimp.

Cilantro Ginger Pan Fried Shrimp

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This pan fried shrimp recipe whips up quickly and cooks in five minutes. A perfect weeknight dinner treat. Cilantro, ginger, garlic, scallions and fresh lime juice is all you need to make a fantastic dinner in a jiffy.


  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 4 scallions, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbs minced ginger
  • 1 Tbs minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Hungarian paprika
  • 3 Tbs cooking oil
  • 2 lbs shrimp, shelled and deveined


  1. Place first seven ingredients in a food processor. Process until a smooth puree is formed.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add shrimp and pureed marinade. Rest thirty minutes.
  3. In a large skillet, add 3 Tbs cooking oil and heat over medium-high heat. Once the oil begins to smoke, add shrimp in batches. Be carful not to over crowd the shrimp. After two minutes, flip shrimp. The shrimp is done when it is pink on both sides, opaque and the tails curled. Set aside and continue in batches until all shrimp is cooked.


  • Use a cast iron skillet if you have one. It retains heat well and the temperature of the skillet doesn't drop that much between batches.
  • Be careful not to over cook shrimp, it will become rubbery instead of succulent.
  • This recipe is easily scalable.
  • Shrimp doesn't retain heat well so preheating a baking dish in the oven will help keep the shrimp warm. After the shrimp is cooked in the skillet, transfer to pre-heated dish.
  • Have the table set up and ready to go before the first shrimp hits the pan.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 319mgSodium: 1631mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 35g

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