Pesto Shrimp Two Ways (Basil Lime and Cilantro Lime)

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Easy Pesto Shrimp Two Ways! Cilantro Lime Pesto and Basil Lime Pesto with plump grilled shrimp is the PERFECT healthy lunch, snack or appetizer.

Pesto Shrimp on wooden board

Pesto Shrimp Two Ways (Basil Lime and Cilantro Lime)

Pesto Shrimp is one of those appetizers that looks super fancy, yet takes almost no time at all to prepare. I love to make these shrimp around the holidays for Christmas buffets, but they can just as easily take center stage on a football Sunday. And as you know, I LIVE for great appetizers. This shrimp with pesto sauce is easily made with either Basil or Cilantro, and comes together in minutes!

stacks of Pesto Shrimp skewers on a wooden board

Does Shrimp Go With Pesto?

If you’ve never tried the shrimp and pesto combo, I beg you to rectify that immediately! Shrimp has a mild flavor and goes so well with dozens of delicious spices. But shrimp with pesto just really knocks it out of the park. This pesto sauce made from olive oil, garlic, lime juice and Parmesan cheese is perfect with either cilantro or basil. Try them both, and see which is your favorite!

above shot of pesto shrimp skewers on wooden board

Is Pesto Shrimp Healthy?

If you’re craving lighter meals after the heaviness of the holidays, this is the perfect recipe for you! Shrimp is naturally low in fat and high in protein and vitamins, and the pesto sauce is made from wholesome, natural ingredients. This shrimp pesto recipe serves up big booming flavors while keeping the calorie count low.

far shot of pesto shrimp skewers on wooden board on blue background

How to Serve Pesto Shrimp

I love to make a huge batch of these shrimp and serve them on skewers at game day buffets. They can really stand on their own. But you can easily serve them alongside rice, or veggies or even a salad for lunch or dinner. They’re so versatile, there’s really no wrong way to eat them.

Even my picky-eater husband loved these shrimp! Try both flavors and see which you like best!

Closer shot of pesto shrimp on cutting board with lime wedges and pesto sauce

More Delicious Appetizers

From shrimp to chicken to cheesy delights, appetizers are my absolute fave! Try a few of these mouth watering recipes:

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Pesto Shrimp Two Ways. Enjoy!


Pesto Shrimp on wooden cutting board

Enjoy the vibrant, fresh flavors of these delectable little shrimp. Hope you love them as much as we do!


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