50 Best Grilled Shrimp Recipes

Hello, grilling season! We’ve waited so long to welcome you back, and we couldn’t be happier to have you here! The sunny, warm summer months give us so many reasons to fire up the grill: Memorial Day, Father’s Day, the 4th of July, graduation parties, backyard barbecues, family reunions… the list is long. Not to mention, grilling is the best way to get a delicious meal on the table without heating up the house when temperatures soar.

When you think about what to put on the grill next, what’s the first thing you add to your shopping list? Of course flame-grilled burgers and grilled chicken are classics, juicy steaks and thick cuts pork chops are also a favorite, but I’m here to remind you how delicious seafood is cooked over an open flame! Your grilled supper rotation just got a makeover because I found 50 of the best grilled shrimp recipes to choose.

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Easy Grilled Shrimp Recipes

Shrimps really are one of the easiest things to “throw on the barbie”. It takes on flavor so well, and the marinades and sauces allow you to create endless flavor combinations. Shrimp also cook quickly, turning from gray to pink in the blink of an eye. This list is filled with everything from shrimp skewers and skewers to fresh summer salads topped with grilled shrimp. Plus, tons of ways to infuse flavor with ingredients like lemon, butter, sriracha, lime, honey, dill and more!


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What to soak shrimp in before grilling

Soaking shrimp in a quick brine not only infuses flavor before cooking, but also helps them retain moisture. If you have the time, this extra step can really help ensure shrimp success! For each pound of shrimp, mix:

  • 2 liters of water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Whisk together until the salt and sugar dissolve. Soak the peeled and deveined shrimp at room temperature for 30 minutes. Drain the prawns and pat them dry with paper towel. Add your favorite seasoning and get cooking! It not only works well for grilling, but also for pan-frying and stir-frying. The shrimp will come out moist and delicious every time.

Should prawns be boiled before grilling?

When grilling shrimp, raw is your absolute best bet to prevent them from getting rubbery and overcooked. If you have leftover boiled prawns, you can certainly use them on the grill, but the extra cooking step is normally not necessary.

Is it better to grill shrimp with the shell or not?

Shrimp can be grilled with or without the shell, it’s really more of a personal preference. Removing the shells allows any seasonings, marinades, or sauces to really penetrate the meat and get as much flavor into the shrimp as possible. I like to peel them, leaving only a small shell around the tailpiece. Some people say leaving the shells in place helps prevent overcooking, but in my experience a watchful eye can achieve the same thing, with less mess at the table.

A great tip for shellless shrimp on the grill is to use the double skewer method! One row across the top of the shrimp and one row across the tails give them more stability and make them easier to turn. If you’re using wooden or bamboo skewers, be sure to soak them in cold water for a few hours (I usually let mine soak all day!) before grilling to avoid burning.


Best Grilled Shrimp Recipes

When it comes to the best grilled shrimp recipes for summer, Avocado Corn Salad topped with Grilled Shrimp is exactly what I want to eat on a warm summer evening on our back patio. Bring a little seaside flavor to Taco Tuesday with Grilled Shrimp Tacos or Mexican Grilled Shrimp Bowls. Grilled Shrimp Pouches are perfect at home or at the campsite! Cajun Grilled Shrimp will give your next neighborhood barbecue a little kick and Grilled Shrimp Skewers are perfect for using up those garden fresh veggies you’ve been growing all summer too. I even found a way for you to enjoy fresh barbie shrimp with brunch. The 5 Pepper Bloody Mary recipe with grilled shrimp will make summer weekends even spicier.

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What to serve with grilled shrimp

Foodies nationwide rejoice that it’s time to refill those propane tanks. This summer, when you’re tucking into all the classics like grilled pork chops, steak, chicken, and ribs, don’t forget how delicious (and super easy) grilled shrimp can be!

Krista Marshall
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Krista Marshall is the creator of Everyday Mom’s Meals and a full-time stay-at-home mom. She lives in northern Indiana with her husband of 19 years and their two amazing and busy sons, ages 17 and 5. Mom’s Daily Meals are for everyone, from the novice cook to the experienced home chef. Krista wants to bring families together around the table with simple and delicious dishes. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter also!

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