I love it when you bite into something right off the grill and you get that snap feeling and sound. It’s fresh, seared and bursting with flavor. That’s what’s happening here with these Ancho Chipotle Chili Lime Grilled Shrimp!
You can always moderate the amount of heat seasoning, but for me these hit the spot for spice, flavor and a light meal. Fresh grilled shrimp, bumped up with a quick spice marinade and served over dressed mixed greens, marinated red onions, shredded carrots, Persian cucumbers and orange bell pepper.
A little trick I use is to keep the amount of spices I buy in small quantities because I don’t want to use something that has been in my seasoning cabinet for over a year and doesn’t pack the punch it once did when I first bought it. That doesn’t mean I have a small the quantity of spices by any means, I have a plethora of them, but I prefer quality over buying in quantity. So enough of that soapbox chatter, let’s get cooking!
In a small bowl mix together the ground Ancho and Chipotle powders, garlic and onion powders and kosher salt. With your hands be sure to rub together the Mexican oregano to crumble in the same spice bowl. It’s an aromatic that is so distinctive and definitely different than other dried oreganos.
Next, in a small saute pan, toast the cumin and grind. Add that to the to the other spices and mix well. Whenever possible I like to toast my seed spices to bring out their full flavor and essential oils and then grind them, but feel free to use store bought ground, they work fine.
Sprinkle most of this mixture over the fresh, deveined and washed shrimp you have put on skewers, making sure to coat both sides. Reserve about a 1/2 teaspoon to mix in the basting mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to marinate for 30 minutes as you prep the red onions.
In another small bowl add the thinly sliced red onions and soak in cold water for 10 minutes to take the powerful onion flavor down a bit. Drain water and marinate in Rice Wine Vinegar, soaking them for at least 30 minutes. Reserve vinegar for salad dressing.
In a small bowl mix together the reserved spice rub, juice from the limes and honey. Stir to mix well, this will be your basting sauce as the shrimp grill.
Clean and scrape anything from previous grilling and spritz or wipe the grill with some vegetable oil.
Place the shrimp skewers on and cook 2 minutes per side, these were fairly large, but not “prawn” size.
Baste with honey, lime and spice mixture.
Remove from grill and allow to cool slightly before serving.
Feel free to serve these as is with a side dish of your choice.
I made a salad of mixed, chopped Spring greens, marinated red onion, shredded carrots, diced Persian cucumbers and orange bell peppers. I tossed the salad with a quick dressing of the reserved rice wine vinegar, a little olive oil and kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
These shrimp are packed with spicy goodness and the salad helps keep things cool. Enjoy!
Anch Chipotle Grilled Chili Lime Shrimp
- 1 lb large shrimp
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp Mexican oregano
- 1/2 tsp ground chipotle powder
- 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 juiced)
- 3 cups mixed salad greens
- 1/4 cup salad dressing of choice
- If using wooden skewers, soak in water 10 minutes or use metal skewers as shown.
- In a small bowl mix together the garlic and onion powders, kosher salt, Mexican oregano, ground Ancho, Chipotle, cumin and mix well. Reserve about a 1/2 teaspoon to mix in the basting mixture.
- Wash and devein shrimp (if not done by market). Place 3 to 4 shrimp per skewer, transfer to tray.
- Sprinkle spice mixture (minus the 1/2 teaspoon for the basting mixture) over the both sides of the shrimp skewers. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to marinate while you heat your grill to 375°F.
- In a small bowl mix together the reserved spice rub, olive oil, honey and lime juice. Stir to mix well, this will be your basting sauce for the shrimp.
- Clean and scrape grill and spritz or wipe the grill with some oil. Grill seasoned shrimp skewers for 1 minute each side and baste after each turn.
- Toss mixed salad greens with salad dressing, top with grilled shrimp and serve.
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