Grilled Citrus Chili Shrimp with Mango Pineapple Salsa

4.34 from 12 votes
1 hour 5 minutes
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Grilled Citrus Chili Shrimp with Mango Pineapple Salsa is a quick and simple summer appetizer for four or just the right amount for a lovely dinner for two.

Photo of Grilled Citrus Chili Shrimp with Mango Pineapple Salsa on cast iron pan garnished with fresh cilantro.

It’s hot.  How hot is it?

It’s so hot, I didn’t want to go outside to grill these shrimp!  Here’s an easy recipe that’s perfect when the weather heats up!

When I want to grill something quickly, I do it on a grill pan or on the grill insert for our gas cooktop.  And frankly, unless we’re grilling something else, we probably wouldn’t heat up our outdoor grill for a pound of shrimp.

You already know I’m all about using wild American shrimp.  None of that farmed stuff for me!  I used “colossal” 12 to 15 count [per pound] Key West shrimp.  Because they’re so large, they’re easy to peel and devein.

Photo of fresh raw shrimp on blue-rimmed plate.

Tips for marinating seafood:

This is one of my favorite marinades for shrimp:  Orange juice, lime juice, chili powder, a touch of honey and a touch of heat.

  • Never marinate shrimp or other seafood very long.
  • If the marinade is acidic, the acid will “cook” the shrimp and you wind up with ceviche.
  • For average-sized shrimp (say…. 20-30 count), keep the marination time to approximately half an hour.
  • For large shrimp such as the ones I’ve used here, keep marination time to an hour.
  • Always marinate proteins in something “non-reactive” such as glass, ceramic, porcelain or even a plastic zipper-top bag.  Acids can “react” with untreated metal and your food may pick up a metallic taste.  Not good.
Photo of shrimp being marinated in white nonreactive dish with lime slices.

A mango and pineapple salsa with jalapeno, red onion, cilantro, lime and a touch of honey pairs perfectly with the shrimp.

Photo of Mango Pineapple Salsa.

Super quick!  Super delicious!

Photo of Grilled Citrus Chili Shrimp with Mango Pineapple Salsa on cast iron pan with salsa in the background garnished with cilantro.

Enjoy!

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Grilled Citrus Chili Shrimp with Mango Pineapple Salsa

4.34 from 12 votes

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By: Carol | From A Chef’s Kitchen
Grilled Citrus Chili Shrimp with Mango Pineapple Salsa is a quick and simple summer appetizer or just the right amount for a lovely dinner for two.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Fish and Seafood
Cuisine Southwestern / Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 326 kcal

Ingredients
  

Shrimp

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 large lime - juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound colossal shrimp - 12-15 count per pound, peeled and deveined, tail intact

Salsa

  • 1 large mango - pitted and diced
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper - finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • Lime juice - to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

Shrimp

  • Combine marinade ingredients and shrimp in a non-reactive dish or a zipper-top bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Preheat grill. Grill shrimp 2-3 minutes per side or until firm and translucent, being careful not to overcook.

Salsa

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Serve with shrimp.

Notes

Always marinate proteins in something “non-reactive” such as glass, ceramic, porcelain or even a plastic zipper-top bag.  Acids can “react” with untreated metal and your food may pick up a metallic taste.  Not good.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 944mg | Potassium: 620mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1917IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 2mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    We had these for dinner tonight and I loved the combination of the flavors! Unfortunately, I could not find a ripe pineapple, so I just used the mango and it was still very tasty. I served it along with a tomato nectarine salad and roasted broccoli for a colorful and delicious dinner.