The weather is starting to get warmer so the grill should get cookin’! Everyone is waiting for the weather to warm up! While the cold starts to simmer down, why not heat up that grill and cook something fun. Introducing my new Chile Lime Shrimp recipe with the perfect balance of smoky, zesty and spicy!


Post Sponsored by Cowboy Charcoal


The key to these Chile Lime Shrimp is using 1/2 of the lime before you put the shrimp on and the second half once they are off! Grill these on direct heat over some hot Cowboy Charcoal for that smoky flavor & finish. This is a great dish to invite some friends over and enjoy as Spring starts to roll in. Serve this with some rice and a glass of great beer to make a party!


RELATED ARTICLE: Ever cooked on the coals before? Learn my Do’s & Dont’s!


Chile Lime shrimp are sizzling! The sizzle is real!

Major tip for Cooking these Chile Lime Shrimp


Shrimp are on of the most simple things to cook. There is, however, one pitfall to avoid when cooking these Chile Lime Shrimp: not overcooking them. Shrimp tend to cook a lot faster than most people realize. They only take about 1-2 minutes per side to cook! One way of knowing when your Chile Lime Shrimp are done is the “C” test. You are looking for shrimp to be in a “C” shape as opposed to an “O” shape. The more curve they have the more likely they are fully cooked. Make sure to pull your Chile Lime Shrimp off before they become fully curved (“O” shape) which can be chewy and rubbery.


 Let the eating begin! Let the eating begin!

Chile lime shrimp ready to eat

Chile Lime Shrimp

Spicy and citrus shrimp cooked over fire. What is not to love?
Author:Derek Wolf
No ratings yet
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people


  • 1 lb of shrimp de-veined with tails
  • 1 whole lime cut in half
  • 1 tbsp of ancho chile powder
  • 1 tbsp of chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp of onion powder
  • 1 tbsp of black pepper
  • 1 tbsp of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro finely chopped
  • Olive oil


  • In a bowl, mix the shrimp with a splash of olive oil. Squeeze 1/2 of the lime on top of the shrimp and season with ancho chile powder, chili flakes, onion powder, black pepper & sea salt.
  • Use some Cowboy Hardwood Lump Charcoal to light fire and let burn for 10-15 minutes. Once charcoal is white hot, disperse over grill evenly for direct grilling.
  • Place the shrimp over the hot charcoal and let cook for about 2 minutes per side. Pull shrimp off of grill once cooked, squeeze the second half of the lime on top and garnish with finely chopped cilantro.
  • Serve & enjoy!


Equipment Needed: Cowboy Charcoal, tongs, and a cutting board.

This article does contain affiliate links to products that we personally use and support. Purchasing an affiliate product does make us a small commission at no cost to you. This helps us continue creating for our website. All words and opinions are our own, and we appreciate your support!

Derek Wolf

Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek’s fire cooking journey. He’s a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he’s cooking up, it’s guaranteed to be so freakin’ delicious!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating