Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Rice

Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Rice is a delicious, quick, and healthy dinner, made with blackened shrimp and served with a flavorful cilantro-lime black bean rice. Super easy everything is made in one skillet!

Shrimp is quick to cook and so good for you! Try my easy Shrimp Fried Rice and my Healthy Shrimp Scampi for more quick and easy meals.

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I love one-skillet meals. They are so easy to throw together and mean less cleanup. This Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Rice comes together in under 35 minutes!

This cilantro lime rice is loaded with black beans, fresh cilantro, lime zest, and lime juice. The rice gets topped with spicy blackened shrimp and sauteed red bell pepper. It is so delicious and flavorful!

What you’ll need for this recipe

  • Shrimp: Peeled and deveined shrimp are ideal for this recipe. You can buy them fresh or frozen.
  • Bell pepper: I added one diced red bell pepper, however, you can use any color you prefer.
  • Black beans: Canned black beans, drained and rinsed. If you enjoy making dry black beans from scratch feel free to add those instead.
  • Blackening Seasoning: Salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, and cayenne pepper make a super flavorful homemade blackened seasoning! You can also use store-bought if desired.

Cilantro Lime Rice

  • Butter: Butter is a must when it comes to making your own rice at home!
  • Rice: I prefer basmati, however, another long-grain rice will also work well.
  • Garlic: Minced garlic adds so much flavor. Buy it pre-minced for ease!
  • Stock: I added chicken stock instead of water to boil the rice. Vegetable stock is also a great option.
  • Lime: Both the juice and zest of the lime add a punch of citrus!
  • Cilantro: Chopped fresh cilantro brightens up this whole meal.

How to make this Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Rice

  • Start by making your Homemade Blackening Seasoning and tossing your shrimp in it.
  • Heat a large skillet with olive oil and saute shrimp until pink and firm, 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Add more oil and butter to the same skillet and add in the rice and garlic. Saute until golden brown then adds in the stock. Simmer until tender.
  • Once the rice is cooked add in lime zest, lime juice, fresh cilantro, and black beans. Toss together with the shrimp and bell pepper and serve immediately!

How to make your own Homemade Blackening Seasoning

Making your own blackening seasoning at home is so easy! All of the ingredients you should already have in your spice drawer. I made just enough seasoning for the recipe however you can always double or triple this recipe and store it in your pantry. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Oregano
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Don’t overcook the shrimp! It only needs a few minutes to cook properly.
  • Add in any color of bell pepper! I prefer sweet bell peppers like red, orange, and yellow in this Cilantro Lime Shrimp Rice dish.
  • Add in some corn or peas for even more color and variety.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat on the stove or in the microwave until heated through.

Shrimp cooks super quickly! All you need is about 2-3 minutes on each side. Be careful not to overcook them or they’ll have a chewy, rubbery texture.

How do you know when shrimp is done?

While you’re cooking, keep an eye on the crevice in the shrimp’s back where the vein was removed. Watch the thickest part of the shrimp (the opposite end from the tail), and when the flesh at the base of that crevice is no longer translucent, the shrimp is done.

What goes with cilantro lime rice?

I love serving this Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Rice with a side of homemade tortilla chips and a Mexican side salad.

Cilantro Lime Blackened Shrimp and Rice |

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Rice

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Rice. Blackened shrimp served with a flavorful cilantro lime black bean rice. Super easy everything is made in one skillet!


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 15.5 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

Blackening Seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati (or another long grain rice)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 lime zested
  • 1 cup cilantro chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Blackened Shrimp

  • Mix together the blackening seasoning in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Toss the shrimp in the seasoning.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet. 
  • Add in the bell pepper and saute for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate. 
  • Add in the shrimp to the same skillet and cook in two batches until firm and fully cooked, 3-4 minutes. Set aside with the bell peppers.

Cilantro Lime Rice with Black Beans

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in the same skillet that the shrimp were in.
  • Add in rice and saute until golden brown stirring frequently so it does not burn. 
  • Add in garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Pour in chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for 15 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  • Add lime zest, lime juice, cilantro, black beans and the shrimp and bell peppers to the rice. Toss to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Recipe Notes

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Rice
Serving Size
1 g
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Rice


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