Grilled Black Tiger Shrimp with Tlatonile Sauce

Grilled Black Tiger Shrimp with Tlatonile Sauce

The aroma from this dish will have your family and guests eager to dig in. Traditionally a Mexican-style sauce, tlatonile dresses up these shrimp to the nines. Remember to remove the seeds from the dry chili peppers to cut the heat. Recipe courtesy of Chef Elia Herrara.

  • Ingredients


    1/4 cup peanuts (60 mL)

    1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (60 mL)

    2 Tbsp whole almonds (30 mL)

    1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (1 mL)

    1/4 tsp ground cumin (1 mL)

    1/4 tsp ground clove (1 mL)

    1/4 cup canola oil, divided (60 mL)

    1/4 small Spanish onion, diced (1/4)

    2 cloves garlic, minced (2)

    2 dried guajillo chilli peppers, seeds and woody end removed (2)

    2 dried arbol chilli peppers (2)

    1 1/2 cups no-salt added chicken broth (375 mL)

    Shrimp Marinate:

    2 lb black tiger shrimp, deveined (900 g)

    1/3 cup canola oil (75 mL)

    1 cup cilantro, finely minced (250 mL)

    2 limes, zest and juice (2)

    1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)

    1/4 tsp black pepper (1 mL)

    lime wedges (garnish)

  • Directions

    Tlatonile Sauce:

    1. In a medium-sized pan on medium heat, toast nuts and seeds until lightly browned and fragrant. Remove from pan and set aside.
    2. In the same pan, add spices and toast until fragrant (30 seconds), remove and set aside.
    3. In the same pan, heat 2 Tbsp (30 mL) of canola oil over medium-high heat. Sauté onions until translucent, about 4-5 minutes.  Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. 
    4. In a food processor, add toasted nuts, seeds, spices, onion and garlic mixture.
    5. In a small pot of boiling water, add guajillo and arbol chilli peppers. Cook until fork tender, about 7-10 minutes. Drain and add softened chilli peppers to food processor.
    6. Puree mixture until smooth, scraping down sides of food processor bowl with spatula between pulsing as needed. 
    7. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add 2 Tbsp (30 mL) of canola oil.  Add the blended sauce mixture to the heated pan.
    8. Add chicken stock. Mix to combine. Cook for 8-10 minutes to heat through and thicken sauce. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.


    1. In a large bowl mix canola oil, lime zest and juice, cilantro, salt and pepper. Add shrimp to bowl and mix well to evenly coat each shrimp. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
    2. On a grill or in a large frying pan, heat to medium-high heat.  Using tongs, remove shrimp from bowl and place on hot surface. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side, until shrimp are pink on all sides.
    3. Discard unused marinade.


    1. Serve shrimp with a side of tlatonile sauce and fresh lime wedges.

Nutritional Analysis

Serving Size
5-6 shrimp with 2-3 Tbsp sauce
Total Fat
11 g
Saturated Fat
1.4 g
212 mg
945 mg
6.4 g
1 g
1.5 g
25.8 g
311 mg

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