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Here are the BEST cilantro recipes for lovers of this tasty herb! There’s something for everyone, from cilantro lime shrimp to the best salsa and guacamole.

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Welcome, cilantro lover! Here at A Couple Cooks, we’re huge fans of this zesty herb. Some people have a genetic aversion to the stuff, but we say: get over it! Because cilantro is one of the most delicious herbs there is. It’s the powerhouse behind the best salsa in the world, the freshness in guacamole, and maker or bright green, zingy sauces.

Here are the best of the best cilantro recipes to use this tender herb! If you’ve got a bunch of cilantro, we’ve got all the best dinner ideas, dips, and sauces to liven up your life. Starting…now.

And now…the best cilantro recipes to try!

How to cut cilantro

Many of the recipes above use chopped cilantro. What’s the best way to chop it? We’ve got your back. It’s easy to whack at cilantro endlessly with a knife. Here’s a quick way to cut it without getting bogged down:

  1. Scrape off the leaves: Hold the root ends of the cilantro with your non-cutting hand. Use a large chef’s knife to scrape off the leaves in a downward motion.
  2. Remove large stems: Use your fingers to remove any large stems from the cilantro leaves; small tender stems are okay.
  3. Finely chop: Holding the top of the blade with your non-cutting hand, rock the blade back and forth to chop the cilantro. Pull the leaves back into a pile and go over them with the knife several times until the pieces are the size that you’re looking for.
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Cilantro lime shrimp

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 6 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This cilantro lime shrimp is a healthy, easy dinner recipe that takes just 10 minutes! Serve with rice, in tacos, or as a Mexican-style salad topping.


  • 1 pound large shrimp, deveined (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus zest
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Thaw the shrimp (see the notes above).
  2. Mince the garlic.
  3. Pat the shrimp dry. In a medium bowl, mix the shrimp with the garlic, cumin, cayenne, and salt.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the butter or olive oil on medium high heat. Cook the shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes per side until opaque and cooked through, turning them with tongs.
  5. Spritz with lime juice and stir in the lime zest and chopped cilantro. Serve immediately.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Gluten Free

More fresh herb recipes

Love cooking with fresh herbs? Us too. Outside of these cilantro recipes, here are a few more places to find tasty recipes:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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