Don’t Rub it On Your Skin and Sunbathe

A nice sunny day. Five young girls. A bag of limes. A visit to the hospital.


According to ABC News, five young girls were smashing limes with rocks and daring each other to drink juice from the limes. The sun shone down and the combination of strong sunlight and the lime juice was enough to cause blistering rashes on the girls where lime juice had fallen. It was generally on their legs but some had it around their mouth. The UV light from the sun caused a photosynthesis reaction in the juice to produce a chemical that burned the skin.

Who would have thought?

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The lime is a perfect complement to the shrimp and cilantro in this dish.

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A pretty straight-forward dish.

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Frying up the shrimp in the delicious sauce.

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Such a beautiful and tangy dish. Just don’t rub it on your skin and sunbathe!

Spicy Shrimp with Lime and Cilantro

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Makes: 4


  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (or 1 teaspoon paprika)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Chopped cilantro (optional), for serving
  • Lime wedges (optional), for serving
  • Toasted whole-wheat naan (optional), for serving
  • Plain yogurt (optional), for serving


1. Combine salt, paprika, cumin, curry powder, cayenne, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over shrimp and toss to combine.

2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high. Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until opaque throughout, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve shrimp with cilantro, lime wedges, naan, and yogurt.


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Categories: Fried, Fruit 2, Indian, Low Carb, Main Dish 2, Recipes, Seafood

Author:The Ranting Chef

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5 Comments on “Don’t Rub it On Your Skin and Sunbathe”

  1. January 31, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    this recipe sounds amazing, I will have to sub the naan since I am GF but the spices are amazing…well done!!


  2. January 31, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    Lime and lemon can give you chemical burns. Back in the day it was how people would attempt to bleach their skin. People would sit out in the sun to purposefully get burns. Of course this was also around the time that lead was considered a healthy ingredient in makeup to get that porcelain complexion that everyone wanted.

    Lime and lemon also make a good alternative deodorant for people who have super sensitive armpits. No sunbathing though.


  3. February 2, 2014 at 4:40 am #

    The trouble with this delicious recipe is that one wants to sit out on the patio on a balmy summer’s evening and munch a plate of this…sadly, I live in Wales, the land of torrential downpours, the country where sitting on your patio can only be done whilst wearing a frogman’s suit and flippers, with a hot water bottle strapped to one’s back. Goodness, is that a penguin waving us over to join him for sardines and kippers?

    Those beach girls are clearly NOT fiction readers: take one classic adventure story, add a treasure map written in secret ink…for which lime or lemon juice would have been used by the savvy 17th century pirate…hold and turn gently over a burning candle and wait for your secret message to appear. Aw…X marks the treasure spot! If lemon / lime juice can be used as ink and needs only heat to become visible then it’s easy to deduce one shouldn’t smear it around one’s mouth and go parading out in the sun. Be an industrious bookworm girls, not a wasteful rock-smasher of limes.


  4. February 4, 2014 at 4:56 am #

    Reblogged this on goingfabulous and commented:
    Tasty with lime!



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