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Basil and Lime Shrimp in Buttered Rolls

Flavorful, tender shrimp paired with buttered/grilled brioche rolls. A yummy Summer treat!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Snack
Keyword: basil, brioche, easy, parsley, seafood, shrimp, summer
Servings: 4
Author: Nicole Coudal, My Delicious Blog



  • zest of 1 lime Key lime, if you have it!
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 Tb. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tb. olive oil
  • 1 Tb. chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Tb. chopped fresh parsley

Shrimp & Rolls

  • 1 lb. 21/25 shrimp, split shells on, deveined (poaching the shrimp with shells on provides more flavor, but you can also poach without the shells!)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 small brioche or crusty rolls
  • 1-2 Tb. unsalted butter
  • lime wedges, for serving (optional)
  • Boston, Bibb or other tender lettuce, for serving


For the Dressing

  • Add lime zest, lime juice, honey, salt, pepper and olive oil to a small bowl and whisk together. Add fresh herbs and stir. Taste for seasoning, then set aside until ready to use.

For the Shrimp & Rolls

  • Add 3/4 cup water to a large skillet, along with the juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add the shrimp in one layer and heat over medium/high.
  • When water starts to bubble, reduce to medium and slowly simmer about 2 minutes. When the shells are pink, flip each shrimp then cook another 2-3 minutes until firm/no longer opaque. Remove from heat and transfer shrimp to a paper towel-lined dish to cool.
  • When shrimp are easy to handle, remove/discard the shells and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  • Pour dressing over shrimp and stir gently to coat each piece. Allow to sit for a few minutes while you prepare the rolls.
  • Heat large skillet or grill pan to medium, then butter the insides of the rolls. Lay flat in the hot pan and watch them until they're nicely browned (1-2 minutes).
  • Add lettuce to each roll, then place about 6 shrimp in each (optional: sprinkle more lime juice over each) and serve immediately.