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Cilantro Shrimp & Rice

I created this dish especially for my son, who has the pickiest palate. The aroma of fresh herbs is so appetizing––even he can’t resist! —Nibedita Das, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 packages (8-1/2 ounces each) ready-to-serve basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 medium zucchini, quartered and sliced
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined cooked large shrimp, tails removed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Lime wedges, optional


  • Prepare rice according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add corn, zucchini, red pepper and pepper flakes; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add shrimp; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until heated through.
  • Stir in rice, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice and salt. If desired, serve with lime wedges.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 243 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 324mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • booklover6
    Oct 15, 2015

    This dish was not tasty enough to make very often. It will do if you have the ingredients and need to use them.

  • AZ Renee
    Sep 8, 2015

    East to make but lacking in flavor. We ate it but threw the leftovers in the trash.

  • ugagirl
    Feb 23, 2015

    This was so delish and easy. Made it tonight and will be making it again. Not a big zucchini fan, so left that out. Next time I might add a green pepper.

  • sands351
    Feb 16, 2015

    Very good and very easy to make. Love the pepper flakes and the lime. Thanks for a great recipe.

  • LeslieKernozek
    Nov 12, 2014

    Awesome dish...loved the hint of lime taste to it!

  • aug2295
    Oct 20, 2014

    I decided to try this because I had some leftover cilantro. It was tasty and came together in about 20 minutes, though for the record, it was a busy 20 minutes. My picky eater also enjoyed it.

  • havingfunwithmyfamily
    Sep 30, 2014

    Great recipe. This was such an easy dinner for a busy school night!

  • kckamargo63
    Sep 29, 2014

    Very delicious, although I recommend you go easy on the red pepper flakes unless you like your dishes spicy.

  • toolbarsco
    Sep 21, 2014

    What an easy, fun recipe with the added bonus of being healthy. I am a tomato freak so I threw in some cherry tomato halves to get my daily fix. Enhanced the flavor but it's great without tomatoes also. Go-to recipe for busy times.

  • momoflandl
    Sep 10, 2014

    I loved this! This recipe is quick, easy, light and delicious! It tasted really fresh despite using ready-to-cook rice and frozen shrimp. I especially appreciated the one dish ease. I will certainly make this again and I'm looking forward to the leftovers!