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Pan Seared Shrimp

Pan Seared Shrimp – Our spiced pan seared shrimp cooks with peanuts, lime, and warm spices like freshly ground coriander and black pepper. Eat the juicy and flavorful shrimp with white rice or a fresh vegetable side, or feature it in a noodle or rice bowl for a tasty weeknight meal ready in 30 minutes!

Pan seared shrimp on a plate with cauliflower rice and asparagus.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

The ingredients for Pan Seared Shrimp.
  • Shrimp: Use any size of shrimp, and adjust the cooking time accordingly. I recommend using large, extra-large, or even colossal shrimp.
  • Spices: Finish our pan seared shrimp recipe by seasoning the shrimp with a tasty combination of salt, paprika, cayenne, sugar, red pepper flakes, black peppercorns, and coriander seeds.
  • Avocado Oil: Pan-sear the shrimp in avocado oil. You can substitute with another oil, but choose one with a high smoking point.
  • Cilantro: Cilantro adds color and finishes the meal perfectly. If you’re cilantro-averse, feel free to skip it. Replace it with parsley, but it may alter the overall taste of the meal.
  • Lime Juice: Round out the flavor with fresh lime juice.
  • Peanuts: Peanuts add the perfect textural variation to complement the shrimp.

HOW TO MAKE PAN SEARED SHRIMP

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Peel and devein the shrimp. Then, toss them with salt in a mixing bowl. Set aside for 15 minutes.

Shrimp on a plate.

Step 2: Meanwhile, grind the black peppercorns and coriander seeds in a spice grinder until coarsely ground.

Transfer them to a small bowl and stir in the smoked paprika, cayenne, red pepper flakes, salt, and minced garlic. Set it aside.

Ground spices on a small plate.

Step 3: Pat dry the reserved shrimp to remove any excess moisture. Add one tablespoon of avocado oil and the sugar to the shrimp and toss to coat.

Pat-drying the shrimp.

Step 4: Add one teaspoon of avocado oil to a skillet, followed by the butter.

Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook over medium-high heat until the edges turn pink. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, depending on the size of your shrimp.

Searing the shrimp in a pan.

Step 5: Use tongs to flip each shrimp and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a plate and repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Searing shrimp in a pan.

Step 6: Add one teaspoon of avocado oil to the skillet with the reserved spice mixture and the peanuts. Cook over medium heat for 30 seconds.

Avocado oil, peanuts and spices in a pan.

Step 7: Return the shrimp to the skillet along with the cilantro and lime juice. Toss to combine.

Shrimp added to the cooking peanuts and spices.

Step 8: Transfer the shrimp to a serving dish and garnish with lime wedges.

Pan seared shrimp on a serving bowl and garnished with cilantro and green chilies.

EXPERT TIPS

When preparing shrimp, it comes down to the details; here are a few cooking tips for mealtime success.

  • Salt the shrimp to draw out any moisture, then pat them dry.
  • Add the sugar right before the shrimp sears to encourage the browning process.
  • Wait for the skillet to warm before adding the shrimp and butter.
  • Watch the heat to ensure the shrimp sears and doesn’t char or burn.
  • Cook the shrimp in small batches, and do not overcrowd the pan. Searing too many shrimp will cause them to release water resulting in boiled shrimp, and they will never develop a beautiful golden brown sear.
  • Shrimp only need to cook for 1-2 minutes and 3 minutes for larger shrimp varieties like extra large or colossal. Once you have placed them in the pan, let them cook undisturbed before turning them. If you go to turn the shrimp and it sticks, wait a little longer, and the shrimp will release on its own.
  • You may need to add more oil depending on how much shrimp you make.

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SERVING SUGGESTIONS

WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS

  • Storage  Store the leftovers in an airtight container; they will keep for 2-4 days.
  • Reheat  The best way to reheat shrimp is on the stovetop. The reheating time varies based on the size of the shrimp you use, but it doesn’t take long to bring them to temperature.
  • Repurpose  Turn the leftover shrimp into a taco or a wrap and serve it with my serrano crema or pico de gallo. Or use the shrimp to top a salad.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many minutes to fully cook pan-seared shrimp?

Shrimp don’t require long cooking times, so the duration varies based on the size of shrimp you’re using.

We use large, raw shrimp in this recipe; they cook them for 1-2 minutes. Colossal shrimp may require 3 minutes, and smaller cooked shrimp will only need 30 seconds to a minute.

Did you try this recipe? I would love to hear your feedback. Consider rating the recipe and leave a comment below. 

A plate of pan-seared shrimp over cauliflower rice.

Pan Seared Shrimp

Tressa Jamil
Pan seared shrimp cooks with peanuts, lime, and warm spices; enjoy it with fresh vegetables or feature it in a noodle or rice bowl.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 People
Calories 272 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 2 pounds large shrimp, raw, peeled, and deveined
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 teaspoons avocado oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 tablespoons peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, about 2 limes, plus lime wedges to garnish
Instructions
 
  • Peel and devein the shrimp. Then, toss them with salt in a mixing bowl. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, grind the black peppercorns and coriander seeds in a spice grinder until coarsely ground. Transfer them to a small bowl and stir in the smoked paprika, cayenne, red pepper flakes, salt, and minced garlic. Set it aside.
  • Pat dry the reserved shrimp to remove any excess moisture. Add one tablespoon of avocado oil and the sugar to the shrimp and toss to coat.
  • Add one teaspoon of avocado oil to a skillet, followed by the butter. Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook over medium-high heat until the edges turn pink. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, depending on the size of your shrimp.
  • Use tongs to flip each shrimp and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a plate and repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  • Add one teaspoon of avocado oil to the skillet with the reserved spice mixture and the peanuts. Cook over medium heat for 30 seconds.
  • Return the shrimp to the skillet along with the cilantro and lime juice. Toss to combine.
  • Transfer the shrimp to a serving dish and garnish with lime wedges.
Notes
Adapted From:
Expert Tips: 
  • Salt the shrimp to draw out any moisture, then pat them dry.
  •  Add the sugar right before the shrimp sears to encourage the browning process.
  • Wait for the skillet to warm before adding the shrimp and butter.
  • Watch the heat to ensure the shrimp sears and doesn’t char or burn.
  • Cook the shrimp in small batches, and do not overcrowd the pan. Searing too many shrimp will cause them to release water resulting in boiled shrimp, and they will never develop a beautiful golden brown sear.
  • Shrimp only need to cook for 1-2 minutes and 3 minutes for larger shrimp varieties like extra large or colossal. Once you have placed them in the pan, let them cook undisturbed before turning them. If you go to turn the shrimp and it sticks, wait a little longer, and the shrimp will release on its own.
  • You may need to add more oil depending on how much shrimp you make.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 272 kcal | Carbohydrates: 5 g | Protein: 34 g | Fat: 13 g | Sodium: 1506 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 2 g
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Recipe Rating




Sarah

Monday 13th of February 2023

This pan-seared shrimp recipe is amazing! I love the combination of peanuts, spices, and coriander, it gives the shrimp so much flavor. It was so easy to make and was ready in just a few minutes. I will definitely be making this recipe again and again. Thanks for sharing!

Smith

Thursday 23rd of June 2022

Looks like you needed to give recipe credit to America’s Teat Kitchen?

Tressa Jamil

Friday 24th of June 2022

Yes, it's a wonderful recipe, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it! You'll find the credit for this recipe in the notes section of our recipe card with a link to the original recipe.