The other day I started the brown-bag lunch series with a recipe for Tomato, Onion, and Cucumber Salad. This time I wanted to a quick and easy protein that can also serve as a snack, used in tacos, or be added with the salad. I’ve had it a few times before and it has always been delicious – Cilantro and Lime Shrimp. It’s light lunch (along with the salad) and yet it can keep me filled until I get home for dinner.
Cilantro and Lime Shrimp
Use the recipe as a guide – you can add more flavors as you see fit. I’ve seen many use the shrimp in a variety of ways. My favorite is having it by itself with a little bit of pesto to dip it in. However it’s delicious enough by itself if you prefer.
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 pounds fresh shrimp, shelled and deveined
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 lime
- salt and pepper
Heat a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Add oil to the pan, when the oil is hot add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper. When the shrimp is cooked on one side, about 2 minutes, turn over and add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté another minute or two until shrimp is cooked and pink, careful not to overcook. Remove from heat. Squeeze lime all over shrimp and toss with cilantro.
This is such an easy recipe to make at home. However if you are at Costco, you can also pick this up by the container if you’re severely pressed for time.
Thoughts on Quick and Easy Lunches
I’d love to hear from you about your favorite dishes. How many of you make your lunch at home? What brown bag meals do you like to prepare for your office lunch?