Shrimp Paulista

Shrimp Paulista

11 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, February/March 2006

Residents of Sao Paulo call themselves Paulistas and this simple shrimp dish is a regional favorite. Traditionally, the shrimp are cooked in their shells; however, we've removed them to make for easier eating.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


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  1. Place shrimp in a medium nonreactive bowl and toss with lime juice, ¼ cup cilantro, half the garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, marinade and remaining garlic; cook until the shrimp are just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; add the remaining ¼ cup cilantro, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon red pepper. Toss to combine.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 187 calories; 7 g fat(1 g sat); 0 g fiber; 4 g carbohydrates; 26 g protein; 29 mcg folate; 242 mg cholesterol; 0 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 501 IU vitamin A; 3 mg vitamin C; 114 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 1,286 mg sodium; 227 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 11

July 08, 2018
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By: WARD86
I made this for a few friends and it lasted about 3 minutes. everyone raved aboit it and wanted the recipe. The only thing I did differently was thinly slice the garlic. It was perfect. So much flavor in this dish. You do not need to change a thing!
June 23, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Great shrimp recipe I really like this shrimp recipe on rice. Sometimes I brown the rice before cooking it to give it a little more flavor. You can also grill the marinated shrimp rather than cook in a skillet. Pros: Easy, flavorful
November 26, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Simple, Healthy, and Delicious! This is the best shrimp ever. I am amazed. It sounded so simple, so I expected it to be kind of boring. It wasn't. I am amazed. I want to buy a 5000000lb bag of shrimp and eat this for the rest of my life lol. I didn't have lime juice, used tamarind juice instead. Pros: easy to make, delicious, healthy, quick Cons: none
November 25, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Loved this recipe! This was the best shrimp I've ever ate--we put it over angel hair pasta-fabulous! I'm trying rice next time. Thanks for a great recipe! Pros: Fast and simple-anyone can do it Cons: no cons to this recipe!
August 06, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
I added rice and water after it was already cooking. Once the rice was done, I added the rest of the ingredients. It was very good and filling.
June 18, 2011
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By: Sharon Axline
Excellent This was a very quick and flavorful recipe. The lime juice melded with the cilantro and garlic beautifully. I cut the recipe in half since there were only 3 of us. I can see this dish served cold as well. I will be making it again - no fear! Pros: Quick, flavorful
August 31, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Have made this several times just the way it is written, very good.
August 24, 2010
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By: kbaccali
The most flavorful shrimp i've ever made and my favorite shrimp recipe to date. Try it!
July 28, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
We LOVe this recipe. It's easy, different, and very good. I make it either with or without the shells. You have to be a garlic lover but it's delicious.
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