Recipe: Grilled Marinated Shrimp: Your Way

by Platt Devost

Grilled Shriimp Shrimp, the versatile and tasty seafood, shows up stir fried with vegetables in China, cooked with garlic, tomato and feta in Greece or right in the middle of a Spanish paella.

This favorite around the world only improves with grilling! A marinade transforms a simple shrimp into a tasty delight. A short rest in the marinade and a bit of time in the grill creates a shrimp feast you won't forget.

Go ahead, spice up the shrimp with one of our flavorful, easy marinades. Toss it on the grill for a light meal.

Grilled Marinated Shrimp: Your Way

Prep time: 10 minutes | Total time: 2 1/4 hours | Yield: 6 servings


• Marinade (choose a recipe below)
• 2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

Garlic Grilling Marinade
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Fiery Diablo Marinade
• 1/4 cup lime juice
• 1 tablespoon chili powder
• 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper or to taste
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Sweet Chili Thai Marinade
• 5 tablespoons olive oil
• 4 tablespoons scallions, chopped fine
• 3 tablespoons Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
• 1 teaspoon Sriracha or other hot sauce

Tomato Basil Marinade
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1/4 cup tomato sauce
• 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
• 2 tablespoons basil, chopped
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


In a small mixing bowl, combine marinade ingredients. Put the shrimp in a plastic gallon bag with secure seal. Pour the marinade over the shrimp, coating well. Seal and marinate in the refrigerator for two hours, turning once.

Preheat the grill to medium. Thread the shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the head and once near the tail. Discard marinade.

Lightly oil the grill grate. Cook shrimp on the preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes or until opaque.

Cook's Note

I've found that skewers are indispensable when grilling marinated shrimp, no matter how big the shrimp. They're easier to control on the grill. No more slithering between the slats, jumping into the flame or refusing to flip over.

You can use several strategies to skewer shrimp:

  • Lengthwise reduces the natural curling of shrimp as they cook. Opt for this if you want your shrimp nice and straight.
  • Skewer each shrimp twice, once through the top and then through the bottom near the tail. It gives the cooked shrimp a nice curved shape and makes an attractive kebab.
  • Use two skewers for the ultimate control. Your kebab holds the shrimp securely and is easier to turn -- no more spinning shrimp!

Shrimp cooks well using any of these options as long as you don't pack the shrimp tightly on the skewers. Happy barbecuing!

Do you have a favorite grilling marinade?