Chili Lime Shrimp Jerky

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Shrimp jerky? Yup, and it’s delicious! This recipe calls for zesty lime and some sweet chili heat. Each serving also provides nearly 14g of protein.

Prep Time: < 40 - 60 mins

Cooking Method: dehydrating

Cooking Time: ~ 6 hours

Yield: 2 servings (16 pieces total)


  • 16 (~140g) medium sized shrimps or prawns, uncooked
  • 2 limes (fresh limes needed)
  • 1 tbsp chili paste (or hot sauce of choice)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Ingredients divided by use for recipe:


  • 4 tbsp lime juice 
  • 1 tbsp chili paste/hot sauce 
  • Lime zest


  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder


  1. Devein and peel shrimp (if needed). Keep aside in a container or bowl. 
  2. Zest 1 whole lime. Keep 1 tbsp aside; use any excess zest in next step (3). 
  3. Juice both limes into a container (add excess zest if any
  4. Mix in chili paste or hot sauce. 
  5. Stir and pour mixture over shrimp. 
  6. Marinate in fridge for 30-60 minutes. 
  7. While marinating, prepare the rub:
    • Combine 1 tbsp lime zest, sugar and chili powder in a container. 
  8. Once marinating complete, rub shrimp with mixture. 
  9. Place on dehydrating tray and dehydrate for ~6 hours at 160o, flipping halfway through. 


  • Do not marinate the shrimp for longer than 60 minutes (the acids in the marinade will start to break down the proteins) 
  • You can use any size shrimp, however, the dehydrating time will vary (the amount of marinade and rub may also vary if the amount of shrimp you use is more or less than 140g)
  • Learn more about dehydrating from our Dehydrating 101 post

*Nutrition information is estimated using an online nutrition calculator. Actual nutrition facts may vary.

Per Serving:

Calories: 51 kcal  Protein: 13.7g  Carbs: 4g  Fat: 1.2g Fibre: 0.1g

 Sugar: 2.4g Sodium: 287mg Saturated Fat: 0g  Cholesterol: 100mg 

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