Shrimp with mango salsa is a zesty dish made from scratch with fresh ingredients. It’s the perfect lunch or dinner recipe for hot summer days. This homemade dish will be your favorite quick and easy weeknight meal.

Love shrimp recipes? Try our Spicy Shrimp Tacos with creamy homemade slaw.

What is shrimp with mango salsa? 

This shrimp with mango salsa is a meal that everyone in your family will love. The flavors of cilantro, basil, green onions, garlic, lemon juice, lime juice, red bell peppers, jalapenos, and mangoes are incredible when combined together.

This gluten-free meal takes 30 minutes of prep time to let the shrimp marinate and about five minutes of cook time. That’s all it takes for a delicious home-cooked shrimp and mango salsa meal.

Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this shrimp with mango salsa. 

Shrimp: 

  • Cilantro 
  • Basil
  • Green onions 
  • Garlic 
  • Olive oil 
  • Lemon juice 
  • Lime juice
  • Shrimp 
  • Salt and pepper

Salsa:

  • Mangoes 
  • Avocado 
  • Red bell pepper 
  • Green onions 
  • Cilantro 
  • Jalapeno 
  • Lime juice
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What can I use instead of shrimp?

If you’re allergic to shrimp, don’t like it, or just don’t have any on hand, you can use a different type of meat instead. 

Use another seafood like salmon, halibut, or octopus to keep the original flavor. Or cut chicken breasts into chunks and marinate them instead.   

How to make shrimp with mango salsa 

Here are brief instructions on how to make this shrimp mango salsa recipe. You can find more detailed directions in the recipe card below. 

Shrimp

Blend the cilantro, basil, green onions, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, lime juice, salt, and pepper until it’s smooth.

Marinate the shrimp in a large plastic bag, toss it to coat, and store it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 

Heat a large sauté pan, add the oil, and swirl to coat. Saute the shrimp for about 3 minutes. 

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Salsa 

Combine the chopped mangoes, avocado, red bell pepper, scallions, cilantro, and finely diced jalapeño. 

Drizzle with lime juice, season with salt and pepper, and mix well. 

Let it stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Serve the cooked shrimp over rice with a side of mango salsa.

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Recipe Tips 

This sauteed shrimp with mango salsa is easy to make, and with these tips, it will be your new favorite summer meal. 

Marinade: 

  • Mince marinade ingredients instead of blending them
  • Add chili powder to the marinade for a southwestern kick 
  • Add coconut milk to the marinade for a creamy dish   

Shrimp: 

  • Use jerk spices to make blackened shrimp
  • Make this dish into tacos with flour tortillas
  • Fry a corn tortilla and make shrimp and mango salsa tostadas 
  • Wrap the shrimp in an iceberg lettuce leaf to make lettuce wraps 
  • Dice the shrimp and add it to the salsa to make shrimp salad 

Salsa:

  • Let the salsa rest at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving
  • This zesty mango salsa can easily be altered to fit your preferences depending on what you like or already have in your fridge or pantry
  • Some delicious options include papaya, jalapenos, cilantro, corn, red onions, bacon, black beans, tomatoes, green bell peppers, or okra    
  • You can add these to the salsa or you can substitute the ingredients for these ones 
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FAQs:

How long should I marinate shrimp? 

It’s best to marinate the shrimp for at least 30 minutes before cooking them. This allows the shrimp to soak in all those delicious flavors. 

What other ways can I cook the shrimp? 

This shrimp is made in a saute pan, but you can cook them in an air fryer, or grill them. Any of these methods will make delicious shrimp. 

Can you make shrimp with salsa ahead of time? 

You can definitely make this shrimp and salsa ahead of time. For the shrimp, make it only one day ahead because shrimp are best when they’re fresh. 

Make the salsa up to three days in advance of when you want to serve it. In fact, the longer the ingredients have to get to know each other, the more flavorful the salsa will be. Be sure to add the avocado right before serving so it doesn’t turn black in the fridge.  

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Shrimp with Mango Salsa

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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Shrimp

  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, packed
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 green onion, roughly chopped (green + white parts)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 lbs. large shrimp (I used 31/40), deveined and peeled
  • cooked rice, for serving

Salsa

  • 2 ripe mangoes, diced
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 scallions, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 24 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Shrimp

  1. In a bowl of a food processor, combine cilantro, basil, green onions, garlic, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Place the shrimp into a large ziploc bag and pour the marinade, tossing to coat. Marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes. While shrimp is marinating, prepare your salsa.
  3. Heat a large sauté pan over medium/high heat. When pan is hot, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and swirl to coat. Add shrimp to the pan (I used tongs to remove the shrimp from the bag) and sauté for about 3 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.
  4. Serve over cooked rice with side of mango salsa.

Salsa

  1. In a medium bowl, combine mangoes, avocado, red bell pepper, scallions, cilantro, and jalapeño. Drizzle with lime juice, season with salt and pepper, and mix well. Let stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving.