Shrimp Skewers with Aji Verde

Aji verde is a a mildly spicy Peruvian sauce made from chiles, parsley, and cilantro. It's a tasty accompaniment for grilled shrimp skewers.

Shrimp Skewers with Aji Verde
Photo: Victoria Pearson
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins


  • 3 cloves garlic

  • ¼ cup packed flat-leaf parsley (leaves and stems)

  • ¼ cup packed fresh cilantro (leaves and stems)

  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large lime (1 tsp. zest, 2 Tbsp. juice)

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pound fresh extra-large jumbo shrimp in shells (16-20 per pound), peeled and deveined

  • Chopped fresh parsley and/or cilantro

  • Lime wedges

  • Aji Verde (see recipe below)


  1. For marinade: In a small food processor combine garlic, parsley, cilantro, olive oil, lime zest and juice, salt, and the pepper. Pulse until finely chopped.

  2. In a medium bowl toss shrimp in marinade. Chill, covered, 1 hour. (Meanwhile, if using wooden skewers, soak them in enough water to cover for 30 minutes.)

  3. Thread shrimp onto skewers. Grill, covered, over medium-high 4 to 5 minutes or until opaque, turning once. Top with additional chopped parsley and/or cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and Aji Verde. Serves 8.

Aji Verde

In a food processor combine 1 1/2 cups fresh cilantro leaves, 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, 3 fresh jalapeno peppers, stemmed and seeded, and 1 to 2 serrano peppers, stemmed and seeded. Process to a fine texture. Add 6 Tbsp. sour cream, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 1/2 tsp. salt; process until smooth. Let stand 30 minutes before serving. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

77 Calories
4g Fat
1g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 77
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 352mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 6.9mg 35%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 164mg 3%
Folate, total 5.5mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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