Spicy Grilled Shrimp

by Amy Stafford on March 31, 2012

This Spicy Grilled Shrimp Recipe is the perfect summertime BBQ dish.  It is easy to prepare and only takes minutes to cook.
You can serve it with a steak for surf & turf or you could serve with a salad and pasta to complete the meal.
Shrimp is one of the easiest foods to cook.  I was at the make up counter last week buying mascara and the wonderful English lady who was helping me (yes she had that wonderful accent) was complaining about what to cook for dinner when she got home.  She wanted something quick and easy.  I of course jumped at the opportunity to talk about food and suggested shrimp.  “Oh no” she said ” shrimp scares me”.  “Why” I asked with bewildered look on my face.  “Because I can’t tell when it’s cooked”.
She couldn’t be more wrong, telling when shrimp is cooked as simple as can be, I swear.
When cooking shrimp most of the cooking is done when you cook the first side (right when you put it on the heat).  You cook the first side a few minutes longer than the second.  Place your shrimp on medium heat, to high and your shrimp will cook faster than you can control and you will end up with rubbery shrimp, nobody has time for rubbery shrimp.
You know when to flip your shrimp once the tail meets the head and the shrimp is pink.  The shrimp actually curls in on itself, and the pink will start to sneak around to the top.  This works when cooking on the grill or in a saucepan.  Once you flip the shrimp to the second side you are just waiting until that side is pink and no grey appears.  Depending on the heat and size of your shrimp this should only take a minutes and no more than five.
That is it, no magic, simple and quick.  The key to delicious shrimp is the prep work before with the marinades and not overcooking.
Also try my Grilled Spicy Green Shrimp recipe that also includes a video showing how to cook shrimp.

Spicy Grilled Shrimp
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Serves: 4
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice, about 3 limes
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 shallots finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  1. Add lime juice, garlic, ginger, shallot, cilantro, red pepper flakes, salt & pepper to medium bowl. Add olive oil while whisking.
  2. Add shrimp to skewer (soak wooden skewers in water before skewing). Lay skewers in rimmed ceramic baking dish and cover with marinade.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Flip at least once before cooking.
  4. Heat grill on medium-high. Before you put skewers on grill tap to remove any excess oil.
  5. Place skewers on grill cook 4-5 minutes, until ends start turning pink and then flip
  6. Cook on other side 4-5 minutes, until pink on both sides.
  7. Enjoy!

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Foodie Joanie April 28, 2012 at 7:21 am

I think the recipe looks delicious! I’m going to try it.


AmySue April 28, 2012 at 7:34 am

It really is and so darn easy to pull together!


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