Grilling shrimp is one of the tastiest ways to prepare shrimp. Made with a slightly spicy honey garlic marinade, these Grilled Shimp Skewers cook up fast and are filled with flavor.
This simple recipe for shrimp is made with basic pantry staples, but yet it packs in a tremendous amount of flavor. Pair with grilled corn on the cob or grilled vegetable kabobs, Grilled Shrimp makes a simple, healthy meal.
There are not many recipes that beat grilled shrimp when it comes to fast and flavorful.
From start to finish, this recipe only takes 30 minutes. Talk about a FAST meal!
But the real beauty of this meal is the flavor! The shrimp is marinated in a Honey Garlic sauce that is sweet, spicy, and the perfect complement to the shrimp. And you probably already have the ingredients on hand for this simple marinade!
- Shrimp: You can use fresh or frozen shrimp for this recipe. You can also prepare the shrimp with or without the tails. Personally, I prefer to serve without the tails, as it makes for less mess. Just be sure your shrimp is peeled and deveined before proceeding with this recipe. Pro-tip: It is WELL worth the cost of purchasing the shrimp already peeled and deveined as this will save you so much time!
- Shrimp Marinade: The simple marinade is made with fresh lemon juice, honey, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, and paprika. It has a little bit of kick from the cayenne, but the honey rounds out the flavor for a balanced flavor.
Pro-Tips for Grilled Shrimp
- Fresh is best. Don’t worry, I don’t mean that you can’t use frozen shrimp. But it is best to grill frozen shrimp as soon as it is defrosted–not several days later. The same goes for fresh shrimp. It is best to use the
- Peeled is the way to go. As I stated, this recipe calls for shrimp that has been peeled. This allows the shrimp to absorb the flavor of the marinade. It also makes for easier eating and allows the shrimp to achieve char marks that also flavor the meat.
- Skewer the shrimp. Use metal or wooden skewers to thread the shrimp onto before grilling. This will make flipping the shrimp easier. If you use wooden skewers, be sure to soak in water for at least 30 minutes prior to using to prevent the skewers from catching fire on the grill.
- Grill Over Direct Heat. It will only take a few minutes for the shrimp to cook through. The shrimp are finished cooking once the outside is a pink color and the inside should be white and opaque. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp or else it will become tough.
How to Grill Shrimp Skewers
Prepare Shrimp Marinade.
Whisk together lemon juice, honey, olive oil, garlic, spices, and salt.
Before adding the shrimp to the marinade, remove 1/4 cup from the marinade for brushing onto the shrimp while grilling. Then add the shrimp to the remaining marinade and toss to coat. Cover the bowl and refrigerate.
Allow the shrimp to sit in the marinade for 15 minutes and up to 1 hour. Do not marinate the shrimp for longer than 60 minutes or the acid from the lemon juice will begin to cook the shrimp.
Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
While the grill is preheating, remove the shrimp from the marinade and thread on skewers.
Grill the Shrimp.
Grill shrimp until pink and opaque, about 2-3 minutes per side, brushing with reserved 1/4 cup marinade before and after flipping the skewers.
Remove from the grill and serve with fresh lemon wedges.
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This grilled shrimp makes one of the fastest, most flavorful meals. PERIOD! I would love to hear how much you enjoy the sweet and spicy marinade!
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 pounds shrimp peeled and deveined
- Lemon wedges for serving
- If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes before placing shrimp on the skewers. This will prevent the skewers from catching fire on the grill.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, honey, cayenne pepper, and paprika.
- Reserve 1/4 cup marinade for brushing onto shrimp while grilling.
- In a large bowl, toss shrimp with remaining marinade. Cover the bowl and refrigerate. Allow the shrimp to sit in the marinade for 15 minutes up to 1 hour. Do not allow the shrimp to sit in the marinade for longer than 60 minutes or the acid will begin to cook the shrimp.
- Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
- While the grill is preheating, remove the shrimp from the marinade and thread on skewers.
- Grill shrimp until pink and opaque, about 2-3 minutes per side, brushing with reserved 1/4 cup marinade before and after flipping the skewers.
- Serve hot with lemon wedges.