The Zenbelly Cookbook Sneak Peek: Cilantro-Lime Roasted Shrimp

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in 21DSD, Dinner, Fish/Seafood, Whole 30 | 2 comments

The Zenbelly Cookbook Sneak Peek: Cilantro-Lime Roasted Shrimp

The Zenbelly Cookbook, an epicurean’s guide to paleo cuisine
is available for preorder!

To celebrate the release of my very first cookbook, I will be sharing a recipe from it every week, so you get a sneak peek of what’s to come! And if you’re already excited, you can, of course preorder it HERE.

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paleo cilantro lime shrimp

What can you expect from The Zenbelly Cookbook, you ask? Good question! Here are the things I’m most excited about:

  1. How To’s: The beginning pages of The Zenbelly Cookbook are chock full of tips and techniques, complete with step by step photos to go with them. You’ll learn everything from how to source quality ingredients, to how to hold a knife, to how to cut up a whole chicken.
  2. Photos: 2 per recipe! Each recipe in the book has an ingredients photo (like the one below) and a plated photo (like the one above) I had so much fun doing both of these shoots, but mostly the ingredients shots. There’s something about organizing things neatly that brings me zen. Plus, I love how it gives a visual “before”, so you can see all of the ingredients you’ll be using. I hope you love them, too.
  3. Recipes! Duh, I know. But I’m so excited to share these recipes with you. While there are some favorites from the blog that just had to be included (like NY Style Pizza Crust and No Joke Chocolate Cake), about 100 out of the 110 recipes are brand new.
  4. Menus: I’ve included several menus for you, including an adventurous Thanksgiving spread, and a fancy multiple course dinner party menu that you can make 98% of ahead of time. Imagine how impressed your guests will be when you present them with an incredible dinner, all the while being nothing short of cool and collected. HOW DO YOU DO IT?! (Don’t worry, your secret’s safe with me!)

I’m very excited to be sharing these little sneak peeks with you, and will plan on posting one every Wednesday for the next few months. So stay tuned, and subscribe if you don’t want to miss a post! (Don’t worry, I’ll never share or sell your email address, and the only time you’ll hear from me is when I post a new recipe, or have news directly relating to this blog or the book)

paleo cilantro lime shrimp

This week, I’m sharing my recipe for Cilantro Lime Roasted Shrimp. I think you’re going to love how a quick brine gives these shrimp that perfect snap, even if you’re using previously frozen shrimp. I like serving these chilled as an appetizer with a tasty dipping sauce, hot over cauliflower rice, or as a filling for tacos.  If it’s too hot to turn on your oven, you can grill these instead.

Cilantro-Lime Roasted Shrimp

prep time: 35 minutes  |  cook time: 5 minutes  |  serves: 4

1 1/2 pounds extra-large or jumbo shrimp (about 20 per pound), peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

For the brine:
2 tablespoons finely ground sea salt
1 1/2 cups hot water
1 cup ice

For the dressing:
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon lime juice
pinch of cayenne pepper
pinch of garlic powder
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

• Make the brine: Dissolve the salt in the hot water, and then stir in the ice.
• Add the shrimp to the brine and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
• Meanwhile, make the dressing: Combine the cilantro, coriander, lime juice, cayenne, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Whisk in the olive oil.
• Preheat the oven to 450°F and put a sheet pan in it to heat up.
• Remove the shrimp from the brine and rinse under cold water.
• Dry them well on paper towels and toss with the coconut oil.
• Once the oven and sheet pan are hot, carefully place the shrimp onto the sheet pan in a single layer.
• Roast for 2 minutes before carefully flipping the shrimp and roasting for another 2 minutes.
• Toss the shrimp in the dressing and serve either hot or chilled.


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  1. These turned out great! I grilled them on a very hot preheated grill, could have cut the time to 1 1/2 minutes each side. Really looking forward to the book. Thanks for the sneaky peek!

  2. These shrimp are AWESOME! This is the 2nd time I’ve made them, & I can’t imagine making them any other way, they are so succulent & tasty.

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