Grilled Shrimp with Cantaloupe Lime Salsa

Grilled Shrimp with Cantaloupe-Lime Salsa Recipe

I’m a horrible grocery shopper. I’m compulsive, obsessive and spontaneous all packed into one short human form, pushing a shopping cart. In short, I’m every advertiser’s dream.

Grilled Shrimp with Cantaloupe-Lime Salsa Recipe

Grocery shopping and farmer’s markets are my absolute favorite activities (next to petting yarn and fabric, as an avid knitter and new quilter). Some of my most creative time is walking back and forth between the produce section and different aisles, creating recipes on the fly.

The shopping cart ends up being an anatomy of a recipe, the grocery clerks are fascinated with the ingredients that go in, get swapped, moved around as I develop a new recipe in my head.

Grilled Shrimp with Cantaloupe-Lime Salsa Recipe

*Sidenote: You know what grocery stores need? A recipe consultant in the produce section! Instead of, “Can I help you find something?” — it should be — “Can I help you create a recipe?” <– great idea, huh?

But what ends up at the end of the grocery journey is A LOT of food in my cart. While it’s a “business expense” for Steamy Kitchen, it’s still very costly and unfortunately one of the side effects of recipe testing is a lot of food waste.

Grilled Shrimp with Cantaloupe-Lime Salsa Recipe

I’m a “DON’T” — one of these days, I’ll find myself in the back of a magazine with the black bar over my eyes, pushing a grocery cart piled high with food! (Though, don’t fret, my friends, I’m working on being more efficient and conscious of my food waste.)

One of the flavors that I was compiling at the store recently was pairing cantaloupe with basil. The two ingredients are amazingly refreshing as a  sorbet and I wanted to try the combo in a savory dish.

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A cookbook called Fresh Food Nation came to the rescue with a Cantaloupe Lime Salsa. The sweetness of cantaloupe, bite of jalapeño and lingering herbal basil is a perfect harmony of summer flavors. Pair with grilled shrimp, chicken, fish or pork. I’ve even had this salsa on top of a bed of greens as a salad.


Grilled Shrimp with Cantaloupe-Lime Salsa Recipe

Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 2.26.02 PMFresh Food Nation cookbook by Martha Holmberg. Simple, seasonal recipes from America’s farmers. Cantaloupe Lime Salsa recipe from Lattin Farms in Fallon, Nevada. Owned by Rick Lattin and B. Ann Lattin. The Lattin’s CSA is the largest in northern Nevada. It is also home to one of the largest corn mazes in the United States.

Rick and B. Ann Lattin

Grilled Shrimp with Cantaloupe-Lime Salsa Recipe Video



Grilled Shrimp with Cantaloupe-Lime Salsa Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 8 minutes


1/2 small cantaloupe, diced
2 large tomatoes, diced
1/4 red onion, diced (or sweet onion)
1 teaspoon jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (to taste)
1 lime, juiced
1 orange, zested and juiced
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper
handful fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces


1 pound shrimp, shelled (though you can leave the tail on if you wish)
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper



In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and toss to combine well. Taste and adjust seasoning, if needed.


Pat the shrimp very dry. Toss the shrimp with the olive oil and then season with salt and pepper.

There are several ways you can prepare the shrimp:
-BBQ grill: Skewer and grill over high heat, 2-3 minutes per side.
-Broil: Lay on baking sheet, broil for 3-4 minutes per side on high, with rack set 6-8 inches under heat.
-Grill pan on stove: Heat a grill pan on high heat, grill shrimp 2-3 minutes per side
-Stir fry: Heat wok over high heat, swirl in a bit of cooking oil. When hot, add shrimp and spread out so that they are not overlapping (Give each shrimp some personal space!) Cook 2 minutes. Give it a good toss and spread out again. Cook the other side another 2 minutes.

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  1. [email protected]

    This looks so yummy. I love the colors and the shrimp look perfect.

  2. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    I’m the same way! I fill my grocery cart and still ultimately end up forgetting vital bits of what I came there for, because I’m too busy being inspired by other things. But this is a lovely spread, I’ve never thought of cantaloupe in a savory setting.

  3. christine

    This is going to be fun to make and eat, as I like shrimp,lime and salsa.
    It all looks so colorful and yummy!!
    Thanks for sharing

  4. Billy

    This looks delicious! I never thought about cantaloupe with shrimp but I can’t wait to try this recipe out. The combination of the orange, basil, and tomato also sounds very good! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Jan

    I stopped eating seafood (and meat for that matter) with any type of starch or grain years ago. And this recipe reminded me why. The fruit goes so well with fish, and is such a light and healthy treat. Love it. This recipe just jumped to the top of my list. I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks a bunch, Jan.

  10. Judy Sickles

    I don’t get it. Is there shrimp in the salsa as well as the main dish? Should I het 2 lbs of shrimp?

    1. bruce

      Can’t believe there is raw shrimp in the salsa, so I’m thinking that is a typo. Only need shrimp for the grill.

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