Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta

October 3, 2020
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Indulge in ultra creamy Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta! With juicy shrimp, creamy coconut, and zesty lime, it's a taste of the tropics in every bite. Easy, flavorful, and perfect for a weeknight meal for the whole family!

Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta

Get ready to take your taste buds on a tropical getaway with our Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta! This dish is all about vibrant flavors – juicy shrimp, creamy coconut, and zesty lime come together for a taste sensation that's fresh, light, and oh-so-satisfying. Whether you're gluten-conscious or simply craving a flavorful twist on pasta night, this recipe has got you covered. Gluten-Free + Dairy-Free

White plate of Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta.

You won't believe how amazing this Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta is until you try it yourself! Seriously--- it's hard to put into words just how delicious it is. Packed with flavor and a breeze to whip up, this dish has become my latest obsession. If you're into creamy pasta dishes + shrimp try Creamy Shrimp Scampi Pasta or Weeknight Shrimp Alfredo Bucatini Pasta after this.

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. With just a handful of ingredients and a few easy steps, you can create a dish that tastes like it was prepared by a seasoned chef. It's a quick and easy-to-make pasta recipe, making it a perfect option for those busy weeknights when you need a satisfying meal without the fuss. That's exactly why I created the "Weeknight Meals" category, and this Shrimp Pasta recipe is the shining star within it. What I love most about this pasta recipe is how it effortlessly combines convenience and deliciousness. Trust me-- this crowd-pleaser won't disappoint.

If you're all about shrimp like I am, you've gotta try out my other shrimp dishes! From the spicy kick of Jamaican Spicy 'Pepper' Shrimp to the easy comfort of Weeknight Gochujang Shrimp Tacos, or the creamy indulgence of Creamy Jamaican Shrimp Rasta Pasta, and the cozy delight of Tuscan 'Marry Me' Shrimp + Grits, there's a shrimp recipe for every craving. So, if you're as shrimp-crazy as I am, dive into these tasty Shrimp Recipes for more deliciousness!

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Why You Will Totally LOVE Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta

  • SO creamy, zesty + oh-so-delicious!
  • Loaded with succulent juicy shrimp!
  • Perfect for busy weeknights or a quick date night pasta--- ready in 30 minutes!
  • A definite crowd-pleaser that will have everyone coming back for seconds!
  • Loaded with tropical flavors, velvety + spoonfuls of savory flavors.
  • Fancy without the fuss --- Impress your taste buds without spending hours in the kitchen.
Cast-iron skillet of Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta.

How To Make Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta

Like with many other types of pasta, you bring a pot of water to a boil, add the dried GF pasta along with olive oil or salt (This helps there to be no noodles sticking together) and let it boil for 8-12 minutes, depending on the packaging and brand. As always, it’s best to cook your pasta to al’ dente so that it’s not too soft for the sauce when stirring it in!



  • Colossal shrimp. The epitome of flavor and the star of this dish to be honest. Again, can be substituted with chicken or veggies (kale, spinach) for a meatless option
  • Canned coconut cream. Makes things nice + creamy; If using the canned coconut milk, be sure to refrigerate overnight to make it thick
  • Garlic + ginger. Minced. This creates such a nice pop of flavor.
  • Veggie stock. Helps to add extra flavor and creaminess. Whole Foods has a great organic option!
  • Seasonings + herbs. Dried parsley, garlic powder + dried oregano.
  • Vegan butter. Allows for added flavor and easy cooking without the dairy; can be substituted with Extra Virgin Olive oil.
  • Gluten-free linguine pasta. You can choose your favorite pasta type. I've found that the best pasta for this dish includes: spaghetti, pappardelle, fettuccine, linguine, etc
  • Lime. Allows for added a nice tartness and brings out the savory flavors more.
  • Herb roasted tomatoes. This enriches the dish a ton, especially by adding more flavor and bursts of tomato to the sauce. See recipe here!


Here, I’ve curated a list of baking + cooking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite dishes, especially with this Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta Everything from my fave loaf pan, wooden spoons, parchment paper, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta in a skillet.

What Type Of Shirmp Is Best?

When selecting shrimp for this recipe, I suggest going for jumbo or large shrimp. These sizes strike a balance between being substantial enough to provide a satisfying bite and not too overwhelming.

Can I Use Frozen Shrimp?

Yes! While it may sound counterintuitive, using frozen and thawed, shrimp can actually be advantageous. Opting for frozen shrimp allows you to have more control over the quality and timing of your meal preparation. It's like having a secret stash of deliciousness in your freezer, ready to be transformed into a scrumptious meal whenever you desire an easy weeknight dinner.

Do You Eat The Skin/Tails On Shrimp?

Yes, you can if desired! The shrimp shells/tails are cooked until tender and are infused with seasonings and spice, which make it truly easy and delicious to eat as a whole. Of course, if preferred, you can always remove the shells.

Fork in a skillet of Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta.

Delicious Additions to Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta

Although this Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta recipe is amazing on its own, if you feel like adding a little extra flare, here are some ideas -


  • Roasted chickpeas for added crunch and protein
  • Snap peas or steamed broccoli florets for added greenery
  • Zucchini noodles instead of gf noodles.
  • Kale or other greens!
  • Mushrooms
  • Baby corn


If you make this more than once and want to try something other than shrimp then you can spruce things up by adding -

Topping Ideas for Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta

For extra flavor, color, and texture for this pasta recipe, you can try:

If you discover a new favorite topping idea, be sure to let me know in the comments section below!

Fork grabbing some Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta.

What Are Delicious Foods to Pair This Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta With?

Here's the thing. This Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta recipe is so delicious and flavorful that you can honestly enjoy it all by itself. Seriously, the noodles are ideal for soaking up the coconut + lime creamy sauce and the juicy shrimp just take it to the next level! So, feel free to dig in and savor every single bite. It's a dish that stands tall on its own!

But if you're anything like me (A huge bread lover.. Haha), then I recommend enjoying some crusty bread on the side. I make my own homemade Cheesy Kale Garlic Bread and Homemade Roasted Garlic Bread -- and they are an amazing vessel for scooping up every last drop of saucy goodness.

Choosing Your Perfect Pasta

I chose to make this dish with gluten-free linguine pastaHowever, if you can't find them or don't have any on hand, here are some other great options to consider-

I love using linguine pasta because it does a beautiful job of embracing and holding onto the sauce and the texture is just fun to eat! But any of these pasta varieties would work for this dish either GF or regular -

  • Spaghetti
  • Perciatelli
  • Fettucini
  • Rigatoni
  • Shells
  • Penne
  • Paccheri
  • Orecchiette
  • Spirals
  • Ravioli + gnocchi would also go wonderfully with this sauce combo!
Fork on a plate of Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta.

Can I Make This Pasta Vegetarian/Vegan?

For this specific recipe, I chose to use shrimp, however, there are so many options that can help to elevate this entire Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta dish outside of shrimp based on the use of any of the following:

  • Cauliflower,
  • Tofu or tempeh
  • Mushroom
  • Chickpeas
  • Grilled or roasted veggies (like broccoli, asparagus, etc.)

Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta Q + A's

How to best store?

Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.

How to reheat?

To re-heat, simply microwave for a minute or two or add to a skillet over medium-high heat and stir until heated through. You may need to add ¼-½ cup of veggie stock or coconut cream to make things creamy while reheating.

Can I use regular pasta instead of gluten-free pasta?

Yes, you can substitute regular pasta if you don't require a gluten-free option. Just adjust cooking times according to the package instructions.

Can I use lemon instead of lime?

While lime adds a distinct flavor to the dish, you can use lemon as a substitute if you don't have lime on hand. However, keep in mind that the flavor profile will be slightly different.

More Delicious Seafood Recipes

If you enjoyed Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta , definitely throw these mouthwatering seafood recipes onto your "must-make next" list:


If you tried this Tuscan ‘Marry Me’ Shrimp + Grits recipe or any other recipe on my website, please please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how you go in the 📝 comments below. And don't forget to tag @orchidsnsweettea_ on Instagram  and hashtag it #orchidsandsweettea! I love hearing from you!

Up close shot of shrimp pasta in a skillet.

Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta

October 3, 2020
5 from 2 votes
Get ready to take your taste buds on a tropical getaway with our Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shrimp Pasta! This dish is all about vibrant flavors – juicy shrimp, creamy coconut, and zesty lime come together for a taste sensation that's fresh, light, and oh-so-satisfying. Whether you're gluten-conscious or simply craving a flavorful twist on pasta night, this recipe has got you covered. Gluten-Free + Dairy-Free
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4 servings



  • 2 lbs. wild-caught jumbo or colossal shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley


  • 1 (16 oz.) package Gluten-Free linguine pasta (You can substitute w/ your own fave pasta!)
  • 2 Tbsps vegan butter (See Notes!)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 (14 oz.) can full-fat coconut cream or milk
  • 1 cup vegetable stock, organic
  • 2 limes, freshly-squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder, optional
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, homemade or store-bought
  • sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved (You can also use my Herb Roasted Tomatoes for extra flavor)



  • To begin, cook pasta according to packaging. NOTE: GF pastas don't take a long time to cook, usually 8-10 minutes (however, you should cook at 6-8 minutes or so—‘al dente’).


  • In a bowl, add together the shrimp, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and parsley, stirring together until shrimp is fully coated + seasoned.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon vegan butter until melted. Add shrimp and cook on both sides (about 3-4 minutes), until pink and cook through. Remove from skillet and set shrimp aside on a plate or in a bowl.


  • In the same skillet (with the tidbits inside from the shrimp, etc), add the other 1 tablespoon of vegan butter and let it melt. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant and translucent. Add in the salt, black pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and stir until combined. Add halved tomatoes and let sauté for 2-3 minutes, until wilted and cooked through.
  • Stir in the coconut milk, veggie stock, lime juice, and lime zest, until everything is well combined. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5-6 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken a bit. NOTE: For a little bit more thickness (if needed), add 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch or cornstarch mixed with 3 Tbsps warm water to the sauce and stir to incorporate.
  • Finally, add the cooked + drained pasta and shrimp to the sauce, tossing until sauce fully coats + sticks to everything. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.
  • PASTA: You can use gluten-free friendly long pastas like Pappardelle, Fettuccine, Spaghetti, etc. however, I would recommend tossing with tongs to ensure that pasta is fully manageable and fully coated. Otherwise, other pastas such as Penne, Rigatoni, etc. are perfect.
  • BUTTER: You can use extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, or sesame oil instead of butter, if preferred.


Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 865mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg


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  1. There are not enough thank yous for this delicious satisfying dinner!!! I could taste all the flavors in a glorious subtle way. This dish made me feel like I was eating in Greece! And bonus, the hubbykins enjoyed it too! Again I thank you and if you are wondering if you should make this... you should!

    • OMG! I'm so honored that you chose to make this recipe, Kelly! I'm so happy that you both loved it! 🙂