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Salsa Verde Shrimp

Salsa Verde Shrimp has tender, succulent shrimp sautéed with tangy, spicy tomatillos, chiles and onion salsa then spooned over rice.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time26 mins
Total Time31 mins
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: salsa verde shrimp
Servings: 4
Calories: 404kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking


  • 2 lbs jumbo shrimp shelled and deveined
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups salsa verde (or see below homemade version)
  • 2 cups steamed rice
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves divided

Homemade Salsa Verde

  • 1 lb tomatillos
  • 6 Anaheim green chiles
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 2 Serrano chiles
  • 1 large onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch cilantro


Homemade Salsa Verde

  • Peel the outer skins/husks off the tomatillos, onion and garlic. Cut the stems off the peppers and slice in half lengthwise. Cut the onion in half. (See Note 1)
  • In the Dutch oven or large stock pot bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add the tomatillos, chiles and onion. Cook for 8 minutes.
  • Carefully remove with a slotted spoon and place all the peppers, tomatillos, onion, garlic and cilantro in a food processor, blender or Vitamix, and process until smooth. Use 2 cups of the salsa for this recipe and reserve remaining for other use.


  • In a bowl season the shrimp with kosher salt, black pepper and garlic powder.
  • In a large skillet add oil and sautée shrimp 2 minutes per side. Pour the 2 cups of salsa verde on top and cook 2 minutes more, stirring. Stir in half of the cilantro leaves.
  • Spoon over steamed rice and top with remaining cilantro.


1. If you prefer, you can either grill or place the tomatillos, chiles and onion under the broiler for a charred flavor instead of boiling, then proceed with puréeing.


Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 572mg | Sodium: 1291mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 43.6mg | Calcium: 358mg | Iron: 5.8mg