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Sizzle and Spice: An Easy Garlic Shrimp with Chili Paste Recipe for Weeknight Wins

Garlic Shrimp with Chili Paste, a quick and simple dish best enjoyed with warm or rustic bread.

Craving a dish that’s bursting with flavor, quick to throw together, and perfect for a cozy weeknight dinner? Look no further than this Garlic Shrimp with Chili Paste recipe! This dish is a symphony of simple ingredients that come together in perfect harmony, offering a delightful balance of savory, spicy, and citrusy notes.

Here’s what you’ll need for Garlic Shrimp with Chili Paste:

  • Large shrimp, deveined and cleaned: We want our shrimp plump and succulent!
  • Lime: The zest and juice add a refreshing brightness to the dish.
  • Seafood seasoning: This blend of spices infuses the shrimp with depth of flavor.
  • Olive oil: For searing the shrimp and adding richness.
  • Garlic cloves, finely chopped: The secret to aromatic goodness!
  • Scallion, finely chopped: Adds a touch of green onion flavor.
  • Lemon juice: Another burst of citrus to balance the spice.
  • Crushed black peppercorn: For a touch of heat and depth.
  • Chili paste: Choose your spice level – from mild to fiery!
Garlic Shrimp with Chili Paste
Main Ingredients for Garlic Shrimp with Chili Paste

Ready to cook? Here’s how it goes:

  1. Season the shrimp: Toss the deveined shrimp with seafood seasoning and lime zest. Let them marinate while you prep the other ingredients.
  2. Sizzle the shrimp: Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan and sear the shrimp until golden brown on both sides. Don’t crowd the pan – cook them in batches if needed.
  3. Aromatic base: Once the shrimp are removed, add the garlic and scallion to the pan, letting them cook for a minute or two until fragrant.
  4. Citrusy comeback: Return the shrimp to the pan, along with the lemon juice and crushed black peppercorn.
  5. Spice it up: Now’s the time for the star of the show – the chili paste! Add it according to your desired heat level and stir well to coat the shrimp.
  6. Serve and savor: Plate your shrimp and enjoy the delicious mix of flavors. This dish pairs perfectly with rice, noodles, or even a simple salad.

Tips and tricks for the Garlic Shrimp with Chili Paste:

  • For an extra flavor boost, marinate the shrimp with a splash of soy sauce or fish sauce along with the seafood seasoning or NouBess Fish and Seafood Seasoning.
  • Experiment with different types of chili pasteSrirachasambal oelek, or gochujang all work well.
  • If you don’t have seafood seasoning, you can create your own with a blend of paprika, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro for an extra pop of color and flavor.
Garlic Shrimp with Chili Paste, a quick and simple dish best enjoyed with warm or rustic bread.
Garlic Shrimp with Chili Paste

Perfect Pairings for The Garlic Shrimp with Chili Paste:

Now, let’s elevate this dish to a full meal experience with some delicious pairings!


  • Classic white rice: Absorbs the flavorful sauce beautifully.
  • Coconut rice: Adds a touch of sweetness and tropical flair.
  • Noodles: Ramen, udon, or your favorite Asian-inspired noodles work well.
  • Cauliflower rice: A low-carb alternative that still soaks up the sauce.


  • Steamed broccoli or green beans: Add a healthy dose of greens.
  • Sauteed asparagus or zucchini: For a slightly richer side.
  • Stir-fried mixed vegetables: Offer a variety of textures and flavors.
  • Simple side salad: Adds freshness and crunch.

Other sides:

  • Garlic bread: Perfect for mopping up the extra sauce.
  • Edamame: A light and protein-packed option.
  • Crispy spring rolls: For a more appetizer-style meal.
  • Kimchi: Adds a spicy and tangy counterpoint.


  • Cold beer: Light and refreshing, perfect for cutting through the spice.
  • Sauvignon Blanc: Crisp and acidic, complements the citrusy notes.
  • Fruity cocktail: A fun and festive option.
  • Iced tea: Simple and refreshing.

No matter what you choose to pair it with, this Garlic Shrimp with Chili Paste recipe is sure to become a weeknight favorite. So grab your ingredients, experiment with different pairings, and enjoy the delicious flavors!

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Garlic Shrimp with Chili Paste

Garlic Shrimp with Chili Paste, a quick and simple dish best enjoyed with warm or rustic bread.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Servings 4
Calories 66 kcal


  • 1 lb Jumbo Shrimp cleaned and deveined
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 tbsp Seafood Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 Garlic Cloves finely chopped
  • 1 Scallion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Black Peppercorn
  • 1 tbsp Chili Paste


  • Deveined each shrimp and clean limes wedges. Rinse with cold water, pat dry and place in large bowl. Add seafood seasoning and mix well. Set aside
  • In a nonstick frying pan, heat oil and add shrimps. Sear on both sides. Make sure they get a little color. Remove and lace on a plate. Add garlic and scallion and let fry for about 1 – 2 minutes while stirring. Add shrimps back to pan with lemon juice and let cook for 3 – 4 minutes. Add crushed black peppercorn and chili paste. Keep stirring until all ingredients are well incorporated and shrimps are fully cook. Remove from heat and serve hot.


Calories: 66kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 75IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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