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 barbecue: Memorial Day, Father’s Day, July 4th, graduation parties, backyard barbecues, family reunions… the list goes on. 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 throw on the grill next, what’s the first thing to add to your shopping list? Of course, flame-roasted burgers and grilled chicken are classics, juicy steaks and thick-sliced Pork chops are also a favorite, but I’m here to remind you how delicious seafood is cooked over an open fire! Your grilled supper just got a major facelift because I found 50 of the best grilled shrimp recipes choose from.
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Easy Grilled Shrimp Recipes
Shrimp are really one of the easiest things to throw on the barbie. It absorbs the flavor so well, and with marinades and sauces you can come up with endless flavor combinations. Shrimp also cooks quickly, turning from gray to pink in the blink of an eye. This list is filled with everything from shrimp kababs and skewers to fresh summer salads topped with grilled shrimp. Plus a ton of ways to flavor with ingredients like lemon, butter, sriracha, lime, honey, dill and more!
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Where do you soak shrimp before grilling?
Soaking shrimp in a quick brine not only adds flavor to cooking, but also helps them retain moisture. If you have the time, this extra step can really add to shrimp success! For each pound of shrimp, combine:
- 2 liters of water
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
Stir together until salt and sugar dissolve. Soak the peeled and deveined shrimp at room temperature for 30 minutes. Drain the shrimp and gently pat dry with paper towels. Add your favorite spices and cook! This works well not only for grilling, but also for frying and sautéing. The shrimp come out moist and delicious every time.
Do shrimps need to be cooked before grilling?
When grilling shrimp, uncooked is definitely your best bet to keep it from becoming rubbery and overcooked. If you have some leftover cooked shrimp, you can certainly use them on the grill, but the extra cooking step isn’t normally necessary.
Is it better to grill shrimp with the shell on or off?
Shrimp can be grilled with the shell on or off, it’s really more of a personal preference. Taking the shells off will allow any seasoning, marinade, or sauce to really soak into the meat and get as much flavor into the shrimp as possible. I like to peel them, but only leave a little shell around the tailpiece. Some people say leaving the shells on will help prevent overcooking, but in my experience a watchful eye can accomplish the same thing, with less mess at the dinner table.
A great tip for shell-less shrimp on the grill is to use the double skewer method! A row through the tops of the shrimp and a row through the tails gives them more stability and makes them easier to turn. If you have wooden or bamboo skewers make sure to soak them in cold water for a few hours (I usually soak mine all day!) before grilling them to keep them from burning.
Best Grilled Shrimp Recipes
When it comes to the best grilled shrimp recipes for summer, Avocado Corn Salad Topped with Grilled Shrimp is just what I want to eat on a hot summer night—on our backyard patio. Bring a little sea flavor to Taco Tuesday with grilled shrimp tacos or Mexican grilled shrimp bowls. Grilled Shrimp Foil Packets are perfect for home or camping! Cajun Grilled Shrimp will kick up your next neighborhood cookout and Grilled Shrimp Kebabs are perfect for using up those garden-fresh veggies you’ve been growing all summer too. I even found a way to enjoy shrimp fresh from the barbie for brunch. The 5-Pepper Bloody Mary recipe with Grilled Shrimp is sure to spice up summer weekends.
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What to serve with grilled shrimp
Foodies across the country are rejoicing that it’s time to refill those propane tanks. When you’re enjoying all the classics like grilled pork chops, steak, chicken and ribs this summer, don’t forget how delicious (and super easy) grilled shrimp can be!
Krista Marshall is the creator of Daily Meals for Mothers and a full-time stay at home mom. She lives in northern Indiana with her husband, 19, and their two wonderful and busy sons, ages 17 and 5. Everyday Mom’s Meals is for everyone from the novice cook to the experienced home cook. Krista wants to get families around the table with simply made, tasty food. You can follow her on facebook† Pinterest† Instagram and Twitter at!