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As so many of you are taking on the #januarywhole30 challenge this month, let’s not forget something. Dinner is dinner. Food is food. Not every meal needs to be an extravagant feast. Trust me, I am the first to admit I overdo things a bit, since cooking is my love language and all, but it is s important to remember that when you are tired of cooking (and tired you will get when doing a Whole30) that you can keep it simple in the kitchen. Ground up some meat and make lettuce cup tacos. Pick up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store and serve it with a big salad. Make these 5-Ingredient Chipotle-Lime Shrimp Lettuce Cups. Just get dinner on the table and move on with your evening! 

This is precisely why I created my #5ingredientwhole30 challenge. To remind you that you can still make a lovely dinner with minimal ingredients and enjoy dinner in no time. This particular 5-ingredient meal is one of the easiest yet, and it’s *really yummy*. I think you’ll find yourself on a busy weeknight turning to these 5-Ingredient Chipotle-Lime Shrimp Lettuce Cups a lot this month. 

Shrimp, lime, hot sauce, lettuce, and garlic come together to make a delightful light and healthy dinner that is still full of flavor! Enjoy!

Please note that as part of the #5ingredientwhole30 challenge, I do not count salt, pepper, oil, vinegar or some additional garnishes. They are, more or less, 5 ingredient meals that I hope inspire you to keep things simple and delicious in your kitchen.

Like this recipe? Here are some other lettuce wrap recipes you might love: Thai Red Curry Shrimp Lettuce WrapsWhole30 Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Pecan Crusted Asian Turkey Meatball Lettuce Wraps.

5-Ingredient Chipotle-Lime Shrimp Lettuce Cups
4.72 from 7 votes

5-Ingredient Chipotle-Lime Shrimp Lettuce Cups

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 people


  • 1 lb peeled, deveined, tail-off large shrimp
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp ghee you can use avocado oil here, too
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp lime zest or the zest of 1/2 lime
  • 3 tbsp Siete Foods Chipotle Hot Sauce or compliant hot sauce that you like
  • 2 tbsp lime juice or the juice of 1 lime
  • 1 head bibb lettuce leaves
  • Cilantro leaves, optional for serving
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges optional for serving


  • Slice shrimp in half, lengthwise. Season with the salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  • Melt ghee in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the shrimp in a single layer and cook until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • Add the garlic, lime zest and chipotle hot sauce and toss until well combined and heated through, 1 to 2 more minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the lime juice.
  • Serve in lettuce leaves and topped with cilantro, if desired and serve with extra lime wedges. Enjoy!


Calories: 346kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 46g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 404mg, Sodium: 1950mg, Potassium: 700mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 76IU, Vitamin C: 30mg, Calcium: 169mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 2 people
Calories: 346

Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!

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  1. 5 stars
    We’ve made thsi many times and it’s a hit! Tonight, we made the shrimp as quesadillas and made the avocado crema from the bbq tenderloin! Chefs kiss!

  2. We love this one! We use Cholula green pepper hot sauce rather than a chipotle based one to change it up too! 🙂 Thank you, Alex 🙂

    1. 5 stars
      Needed a quick shrimp recipe and this was PERFECT! Soo good and easy. Alex nails it every time!

  3. 5 stars
    Love this!! Super quick & easy to make. Have made it several times. I do not take the time to slice the shrimp. Did not find it necessary.