Indian Spiced Shrimp with Mango Salad

Marinated in a flavorful blend of spices and grilled to perfection, this Indian Spiced Shrimp is the perfect healthy recipe to enjoy on a summer evening. We pair the dish with a vibrant mango salad for the ultimate combination of savory and sweet.

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This dish right here is what summer’s all about. Bold, bright flavors and a fresh, fruity salad to pair along with it. Made with spices inspired by Indian cuisine like turmeric, curry powder, cinnamon, and coriander, this Indian Spiced Shrimp packs a punch in the best way.

Every time I make this dish for my family or friends, I have to pair it with a simple mango salad. It adds the perfect touch of sweetness to complement the savory flavors of the grilled shrimp.

While you can make this delicious and easy recipe any time of the year, my favorite time to serve it is in the summer. There are few things I love more than spending time outside with my loved ones, grilling up something delicious, and soaking up the rays of the summer sun. The shrimp takes only 30 minutes to marinate and just a few minutes on the grill, so it’s the perfect quick recipe for weeknight meals.

Whether you serve this Indian shrimp for the family after a long day at the pool or at your next backyard barbecue with friends, I guarantee the whole group’s going to love it. If anyone in your crew is allergic to shellfish or doesn’t like shrimp, you can divide the marinade and use some for chicken breasts or thighs instead. Don’t forget the mango salad!

Grilled Indian shrimp with curry seasoning and lime juice served with a mango salad and cilantro.

Key Ingredients

The key ingredients you will need for this vibrant dish include:

  • Shrimp: You will need peeled and deveined shrimp for this dish, any size will work.
  • Olive oil: This is filled with heart-healthy fats and helps the rest of the marinade ingredients soak into the shrimp, making it extra flavorful.
  • Lime juice: This ingredient provides acidity, which brightens up the dish.
  • Ginger: I prefer to use fresh ginger for the most flavor, but you can use ground ginger instead if needed.
  • Spices: We’re going to use a fragrant and flavorful combination of cinnamon, coriander, curry powder, nutmeg, and turmeric.
  • Jalapeno: I remove the seeds first, but if you like spicier dishes then feel free to leave the seeds in.
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic works best, but you can sub this out for garlic powder if needed.

Recipe Variations

If you’re looking to switch it up with different healthy shrimp marinades, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are a few of my favorite choices:

  • Olive oil + lemon juice + Italian seasoning + crushed red pepper
  • Olive oil + lime juice + chili powder + cumin + fresh cilantro
  • Olive oil + honey + soy sauce + minced garlic + crushed red pepper
  • Olive oil + red wine vinegar + minced garlic + oregano + paprika + fresh parsley
  • Olive oil + lemon juice + soy sauce + dijon mustard + minced garlic
  • Olive oil + soy sauce + lime juice + fish sauce + fresh cilantro + chopped chilies
  • Olive oil + rice vinegar + soy sauce + brown sugar + sesame oil + grated ginger
  • Olive oil + minced garlic + paprika + blackened seasoning
  • Olive oil + lime juice + minced garlic + Old Bay seasoning

How to Store This Dish

After you’ve cooked your shrimp, you will need to let it cool before storing it securely in an airtight bag or container. Once you’ve done this, there are two ways to store the dish:

  • In the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • In the freezer for up to 3 months.

Health Benefits of Shrimp

Shrimp is incredibly low in calories and ultra-high in nutrients, making it one of the healthiest sources of protein on the planet. Just one serving of shrimp boasts more than 20 different vitamins and minerals, like selenium, Vitamin B12, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium. While there are a ton of benefits associated with eating it, here are some of the top health benefits of shrimp:

  • Aids in weight loss and healthy weight maintenance
  • Promotes strong bones and prevents osteoporosis
  • Supports eye and skin health
  • Improves brain function and helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease
  • Contains antioxidant properties that can boost your mood
  • Protects against cancer and heart disease

Grilled shrimp with Indian spices being picked up by a fork.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about this dish:

Do I have to grill the shrimp?

Nope. If you don’t have a grill or don’t have the time for this cooking method, you can simply cook them on the stove for a few minutes on each side.

Should shrimp be grilled with the shell on or off?

While you can safely grill shrimp, either way, I always prefer to take the shells off first for convenience and flavor. In this recipe, it’s important that the shrimp is peeled before being added to the marinade, so the flavors can fully absorb into the shrimp.

Can you freeze this dish?

Yes! Once cooked, you can safely store this dish in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat it again, you can thaw out the shrimp by leaving them in the fridge overnight. If you need them to thaw out quickly, you can place them in an airtight bag and then place the bag in a bowl of cool water.

What can I use instead of shrimp?

If you aren’t a fan of shrimp, you can substitute it for strips of chicken thighs, chicken breasts, or tempeh for a vegan-friendly alternative.

What can I serve with this dish?

Along with the mango salad, you can also add an additional side like rice, quinoa, or cooked veggies. Some of my favorite sides to pair with this dish are my Cilantro Lime Quinoa and Easy Grilled Vegetables.

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Indian spiced shrimp with curry seasoning served with mango salad, limes, red onion, and cilantro.

Indian Spiced Shrimp with Mango Salad

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  • 1 lb shrimp, deveined and with shell removed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp lime juice, divided
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt (salad)
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/16 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/16 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/16 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 mango, peeled and sliced into matchsticks (salad)
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced (salad)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (salad)
  • 11/2 tsp cumin (salad)
  • 1/16 tsp pepper (salad)

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Add the shrimp, 1 tbsp. lime juice, jalapeno, ginger, garlic, tumeric, curry powder, nutmeg, coriander, and cinnamon to a Ziploc bag. Move around to get all the shrimp coated and marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.


Meanwhile make the mango salad by combining the sliced mango, red onion, cilantro, cumin, 2 tbsp. lime juice, salt, and pepper.


After the shrimp have marinated, grill or saute them for 2-3 minutes per side or until cooked through. The exact cooking time will vary based on thickness of shrimp.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.5-2 cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 199
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 183mg
Sodium 584mg
Total Carbohydrate 17g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 13g
Protein 24g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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