Spicy Garlic and Lime Shrimp (with brown rice and garlicky kale)

Can you tell I like garlic?

There’s nothing better than garlic. Seriously. If I could, I would add it to every dish. Well, I sort of already do that. Every one of my favorite dishes always starts with olive oil and minced garlic in a pan, including this one. (This probably means I should probably start carrying gum in my backpack, right?)

Moving on from my garlic obsession, I love having frozen shrimp on hand for whenever I need something fast, but will still hold me over until dinner. It has a quick defrost time, and it cooks quickly also, which makes it a staple for an easy, middle-of-the-week lunch. Last week, I took a trip to Kroger with my roommates and found an amazing buy one, get one free deal, so now our freezer is packed with bags of frozen shrimp. Not sorry about it!

I’ve been loving posting every week because it gives me a chance to interact with the people that read my blog, and make recipes that I know people will want to make themselves. My friend texted me after I posted this dish on my Instagram story, and begged me to blog the recipe! (You know who you are.) So, now that I posted the directions, I hope you get the chance to make this!

Total time: 15 minutes

Makes: 1 serving



2 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

8-9 large shrimp, thawed

Handful of kale

½ cup brown rice, cooked


¼ lime

¾ tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

¼ tsp dried parsley

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp paprika

1/8 tsp dried thyme

1/8 tsp onion powder


  1. To create the seasoning, combine all the spices in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Add in thawed shrimp, 1 clove of the minced garlic and a drop of olive oil. Toss until the shrimp is mixed well in the seasoning. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add olive oil.
  4. Once the oil gets a silky look to it, add in garlic. Let it simmer for a couple minutes. Make sure not to let it burn!
  5. Immediately, add in kale and sauté in the pan until slightly wilted.
  6. Move kale to the side of the pan and add in shrimp.
  7. Squeeze the lime over the shrimp and cook until both sides begin to brown.
  8. Once kale is wilted down and shrimp is fully cooked, add brown rice, kale and shrimp to a bowl and enjoy!