Copy Cat Costco Cilantro Lime Shrimp

An easy appetizer recipe is always a must have. This Copy Cat Costco Cilantro Lime Shrimp makes it so you can whip up your favorite store bought appetizer, in a pinch, without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.

Copy Cat Costco Cilantro Lime Shrimp

It’s amazing how things seem so much fancier when seafood’s involved. Seriously.

Don’t believe me? Add shrimp, crab, tilapia or any of the like to the menu and see if things don’t perk up.

I wanted something impressive to grace my guests table last New Year’s Eve, and nothing seemed to fit the bill. Luckily, like at every other major cross roads in my life- Costco was there to save the day.

Copy Cat Costco Cilantro Lime Shrimp

They have this trusty bevy of ready to cook, or eat, foods- depending on the need. It’s amazing. It’s fool proof. Everything is tasty, and everything always turns out just as promised. Including the seafood.

I’m not the true, vetted Italian my husband and his side of the family are. I can’t do the dinners of the seven fishes. Some of the things I like, others of the bunch I loathe. Particularly the octopus.

Still I totally crave and appreciate a solid seafood element to any good, special meal- especially around the holidays.

Copy Cat Costco Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Costco’s Cilantro Lime Shrimp has always been there to save the day, and to sate my craving.

As I’ve gotten older though, I really don’t feel the need or have the desire to combat the holiday crowds, the lines, the fighting for parking spaces, etc. 

So this year, the light bulb finally went off. I got smart, and decided to recreate the recipe on my own, at home, and using shrimp I already had on hand.

I do have my moments, and my family all agreed this Copy Cat Costco Cilantro Lime Shrimp was spot on.

Copy Cat Costco Cilantro Lime Shrimp

It’s perfect for Christmas dinner. It’s perfect for a New Years Eve party. It’s a real crowd pleasing appetizer, even for the manliest crew on the biggest Game Day of the year.

You really can’t go wrong, whether you decide to serve it hot or cold.

Copy Cat Costco Cilantro Lime Shrimp

You can use either medium or large sized uncooked shrimp. We suggest medium, but larger ones have a plumper finished product, which can make for a more appealing presentation. 

Olive oil is heated over medium hight heat in a large skillet. When hot, the garlic is stirred in to cook, but only for 30 seconds or so, and stirring often. There’s not much wiggle room here, it can go from cooked to burnt & bitter very quickly.

The shrimp’s then stirred in, tossed to coat, and cooked for a quick 2 minutes per side- just until cooked through. Again, this is another important one, because overcooked shrimp is tough and rubbery.

Immediately transfer the cooked shrimp to a mixing bowl. Add in lime juice, freshly chopped cilantro leaves, salt, & pepper. Toss everything to evenly coat.

At this point you can serve the shrimp immediately, or you have the option to refrigerate it- serving when chilled. We’re a house divided when it comes to which is better. We love both ways.

Tender sautéed shrimp are tossed in a zingy mixture of garlic, fresh lime juice, and cilantro leaves for an easy appetizer.

Our Copy Cat Costco Cilantro Lime Shrimp are bound to please any crowd.

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Copy Cat Costco Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Savory, skillet sautéed shrimp are tossed with a tangy sauce of garlic, lime juice, and cilantro leaves- making for a delicious seafood appetizer with just the right amount of zing.
4.04 from 27 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lb medium sized shrimp
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, washed and chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Stir in the garlic, sautéing it for about 30 seconds. Add the shrimp, stirring to coat, and cook 2-3 minutes per side- or until the shrimp's cooked through.
  • Transfer the cooked shrimp to a bowl. Add in the remaining ingredients, tossing the shrimp to coat evenly. 
  • Serve the shrimp immediately, or cover the bowl with cling wrap, refrigerate, and serve chilled.


5 thoughts on “Copy Cat Costco Cilantro Lime Shrimp

  1. Such a sad thing that everyone in my household is allergic to shrimp (except moi). Wonderful party food, I always gravitate to the shrimp at a buffet.

    Happy New Year!

  2. 5 stars
    The only thing I disagree with is that 1lb gives 12 servings! This is too good for that many servings. Maybe 2 servings and I could eat both of them myself – too yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

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