Shrimp with Spicy Tomatillo Salsa

Since Harris Teeter was having a huge sell on frozen shrimp, we have lots to try new recipes with. We took a cooking light recipe and added a few ingredients. We actually skipped the step about butterflying the shrimp to make it easier. Beware, that habanero pepper is SO hot! Unless you really like hot foods, I'd substitute a jalapeno pepper (or even just a green chile if you aren't a fan of spiciness at all). I never had bought a tomatillo before this - those little guys sure are funny looking, especially in their husks. I want to try more salsa recipes with them in the future, so let us know if you have a good one! The salsa below would be good on anything, or even just with some chips.


  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red pepper
  • 1 habanero pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 tomatillo, finely chopped
  • 1 pound large shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Dash of salt
  • Cooking spray


  1. Prepare grill.
  2. Combine sugar, lime juice, cider vinegar, orange juice, salt and pepper. Stir well with a whisk. Mix in cilantro, onion, red pepper, habanero, and tomatillo. Cover and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  3. Peel shrimp, leaving tails intact. Starting at tail end, butterfly each shrimp, cutting into, but not through, underside of shrimp.
  4. Combine 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 2 teaspoons oil, garlic, and dash of salt in a large bowl. Add shrimp; toss well. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 10 minutes.
  5. Place shrimp, cut sides down, on grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill for 5 minutes or until shrimp is done, turning once. Serve with salsa.


Erica said...

Nice! I am loving shrimp right now and this is a great recipe. I don't know why, but I've never tried making my own salsa. Nice work :)

Esi said...

This looks amazing and so flavorful.

Culinary Wannabe said...

What pretty colors. It just screams summer.

Juliana said...

You cannot believe, as I was reading the ingredients for the salsa, my mouth was juice in it! Great idea. Looks really yummie. Great for the Summer! Again, great pictures!

Leslie said...

Sounds delish with a nice kick!

Kerstin said...

So gorgeous! The shrimp look perfect and fresh salsa is just the best!

♥peachkins♥ said...

This dish looks full-packed with flavor..yummy!

Donna-FFW said...

Can I just tell you I love you for this recipe. It looks unreal and sounds amazing, tomatillo salsa. my word.

grace said...

i would like a bowl of the salsa as my main course, please, with perhaps a shrimp or two on the side. :)

Cookin' Canuck said...

Very nice recipe! I love the flavor that tomatillos add. Check out some of Rick Bayless' recipes. He has some delicious sauces using tomatillos.

Jackie said...

Love your spicy marinade. The habanero, tomatillo and lime juice really help elevate the dish. Scrumptious!

Steph said...

That looks amazing!! I love shrimp!

Cristian Borod said...

This is not food! this is art!

Dewi said...

Look so appetizing. I like spicy salsa like this. Seem so perfect serve this with shrimps.

Hornsfan said...

That's my kind of shrimp! Spicy and a bit of Tex-Mex flare!

katrina said...

Oh, my gosh! That looks seriously incredible! Time to buy shrimp, I think.

Olga said...

you are killing me with your photos :)

Everything looks amazing.

Love tomatillos: they are great in enchiladas.

Anonymous said...

Looks like an awesome recipe to try. Here's a similar-but-different recipe: MissOriginality's Shrimp Salsa.

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