This recipe for juicy sous vide shrimp is so easy to make. You can use fresh or frozen shrimp. Sous vide at 140 degrees F for 15 minutes, then serve with veggies, rice and my recipe for avocado cream sauce!

Sous Vide Cilantro Lime Shrimp served over rice on white plates

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I am totally in love with sous vide. My mom got me an immersion circulator on a whim for my birthday last year and OMG THANK YOU MOM! This method is so perfect for cooking finicky things, like seafood and steak. (Have you read about my sous vide tri-tip yet? Hop to it!)

Ready to cook more of my best sous vide seafood recipes after this? I’ve got plenty!

Why I Love Sous Vide Shrimp

If you frequently cook meat and seafood, you’ve gotta get into sous vide. Have you ever accidentally overcooked shrimp into tiny pink oblivion? This girl has. So, I decided to try preparing it sous vide and it was PERFECT. Sous vide shrimp will be the only shrimp we eat in this house from now on. You really can’t overcook them!

Another great thing about this cooking method: you vacuum pack the meat with all the flavors you want to impart (butter, salt, pepper, lime, and cilantro in this case) and it holds so much big, bold flavor. Perfect for sous vide shrimp!

With sous vide cooking, these shrimp are great for gluten-free, keto, and paleo diets!

If you’re curious to learn more about sous vide cooking in general, check out my program Sous Vide School.

Equipment Needed for Sous Vide Shrimp

The good news is, you don’t need much!

You’ll need:

Time and Temp for Sous Vide Shrimp

You’ve got a few different options for your sous vide shrimp depending on your desired texture.

My favorite time and temp for sous vide shrimp is 30 minutes at 140 degrees F.

But you’ve got options!

Very Rare (almost raw – good for ceviche)125 degrees F15 minutes – 1 hour
Rare (just starting to firm, tender)130 degrees F15 minutes – 1 hour
Medium Rare (opaque and tender)135 degrees F15 minutes – 1 hour
Medium (tender but with a snappy bite)140 degrees F15 minutes – 1 hour

Can I use frozen shrimp?

Yes, you can use frozen shrimp for sous vide shrimp! A few things to note if using frozen shrimp:

  • There will be a lot more liquid in the bag and you should discard this after cooking
  • Your new minimum cook time is 30 minutes
Shrimp in pink bowl with bowl of avocado lime cream sauce next to it on white surface.

How to Make Sous Vide Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Start by preheating your water bath to 140 degrees F with your immersion circulator.

Add the shrimp, salt, pepper, lime juice, and butter to a reusable vacuum seal bag or zipper top bag and give it a toss to evenly coat with seasonings and distribute the butter. Then seal the bag and remove as much air as possible without damaging the delicate shrimp!

Shrimp ingredients on pink surface
Shrimp ingredients added to handheld vacuum seal bag on pink surface, vacuum sealing

Drop in the water bath, keeping the seal above the water, and cook for 15 minutes – 1 hour.

Shrimp in sous vide bath on pink surface

While the shrimp is cooking, make the avocado cream sauce by blending all the ingredients until smooth. Give it a taste test and adjust the lime juice and salt if you like!

Avocado cream sauce ingredients on pink surface
Blending avocado cream sauce ingredients

When shrimp is done, remove it from the water bath and bag and toss it with the cilantro.

Serve with cilantro lime rice and the avocado cream sauce for a complete meal! These shrimp also make fantastic tacos.

Shrimp tacos on pink plate on white surface with bowl of avocado lime cream sauce.

The texture of these shrimp is amazing. Snappy, juicy, and spot on. The best part? They can hang out in the water bath until you’re ready for ’em, up to an hour, and they’re still going to be as good as ever. No overcooking stress with the help of sous vide!

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Get the Recipe:

Sous Vide Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 3 -4 servings
This recipe for juicy sous vide shrimp is so easy to make. You can use fresh or frozen shrimp. Sous vide at 140 degrees F for 15 minutes, then serve with veggies, rice and my recipe for avocado cream sauce or make shrimp tacos!

Ingredients
 

Cilantro Lime Shrimp:

  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp lime juice, juice of 2 limes
  • 3 tbsp butter, cut into rough chunks
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped

Avocado Cream Sauce:

  • 1/2 avocado, skin & pit removed, roughly diced
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat water bath using immersion circulator to 140 degrees F. (I like to use Everie containers for my water baths.)
  • Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Add them to a reusable vacuum seal bag or zipper top bag. Add lime juice and toss until shrimp are coated. Add butter and distribute evenly through the bag. Remove air from the bag.
  • Once the water bath is preheated, add the bag of shrimp. Cook for a minimum of 15 minutes, up to an hour.
  • While the shrimp is cooking, add all ingredients for the avocado cream sauce to a food processor. Process until smooth. Taste and add more lime juice or salt if you desire.
  • Remove shrimp from bag and toss with cilantro. Serve shrimp with rice and/or your favorite veggies and top with avocado cream sauce, or make shrimp tacos with corn tortillas and shredded cabbage.

Notes

  • If using frozen shrimp:
    • There will be a lot more liquid in the bag and you should discard this after cooking
    • Your new minimum cook time is 30 minutes
  • If you're not ready to eat immediately after sous viding, store in the fridge up to 3 days in sealed bag.
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Dinner
Author: Chelsea Cole
Calories: 346kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 421mg, Sodium: 1681mg, Potassium: 338mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 616IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 251mg, Iron: 3mg
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