Spicy Shrimp with Guacamole and Lime

Inspiration: We’ve been on a total shrimp kick lately for sure. Isn’t it funny how one ingredient randomly starts sounding so good all of the time? And we’re always on a Mexican kick. The last time that we had shrimp with blackening seasoning, Brandon immediately came up with this meal idea, and it immediately went on the menu :)

What we Loved: The two main flavors in this dish – hot, spicy shrimp and cool, refreshing guacamole – really play off of each other very well. The shrimp are coated in plenty of blackening seasoning for a very spicy crust, and the guacamole does a perfect job of providing a cooling contrast. Blackening seasoning is really packed with a ton of flavor, color, and spice, and I love how such a simple spice mix can add so much to a meal. We loved a good squeeze of fresh lime juice atop everything, too. Something about fresh lime juice atop a Mexican-flavored meal just adds a bright and refreshing touch that always works so well and brings out the other flavors in the dish. We’ve added this new recipe to our (ever-growing) list of favorite Mexican-inspired meals.

Helpful Hints: This is one easy-peasy recipe. However, I think it’s always good to keep in mind that shrimp cook very, very quickly. Just a few minutes in a hot pan is all you need. As soon as the shrimp are just opaque, they’re done!

Spicy Shrimp with Guacamole and Lime
Source: Original Recipe to serve 2

1 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
Kosher salt
Blackening seasoning
Extra virgin olive oil
1 batch guacamole
Lime and cilantro, to garnish

1. Toss the shrimp in a bowl with a good sprinkle of Kosher salt and plenty of blackening seasoning (enough to generously coat the shrimp and give them a nice orange color).

2. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a saute pan. Add the shrimp, and saute until cooked through, only about 3-5 minutes.

3. Serve the shrimp with guacamole and topped with a good squeeze of fresh lime juice.

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