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8 Top-Rated Grilled Shrimp Recipes

For quick and easy meals, cook shrimp on the grill. It's simply the best way to cook shrimp. Here are eight of our favorite shrimp recipes for the grill, plus smart tips for grilling shrimp so they turn out plump and tender.

1. Grilled Marinated Shrimp

To make this marinade, mix together olive oil, parsley, lemon juice, hot sauce, garlic, and tomato paste. "This makes the best shrimp," says Robbie. "Remove from skewers and serve on a bed of pasta with sauce for a great meal." ALBENTLEY ays, "I grilled them in a grill basket altogether, and they came out great."

 

Grilled Marinated Shrimp

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2. Spicy Coconut and Lime Grilled Shrimp

"This is a fantastic (and fantastically easy) recipe," says RushedCook. "The only thing I changed was to set aside a few tablespoons of the marinade to brush on while grilling."

 

Grilled Marinade Shrimp

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3. Grilled Garlic & Herb Shrimp

Chopped basil, parsley, oregano, and thyme are ground in a mortar and pestle with garlic, lemon zest, and olive oil. Tcasa says, "This was one of the best grilled shrimp recipes I've ever made! I made the shrimp pretty close to what was written using fresh herbs from our garden. Delicious."

4. Basil Shrimp

This marinade combines olive oil, melted butter, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, fresh basil, and garlic. "A great recipe for grilling shrimp," raves katie. "I served this with fettucini in a very simple garlic and olive oil sauce."

 

Basil Shrimp

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5. Margarita Grilled Shrimp

For the marinade, combine olive oil, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, tequila, and cayenne pepper. "This recipe is absolutely fabulous," says smileygal75. "This tastes like something that you would order at a nice restaurant. It will not disappoint!"

 

Lime Shrimp

Photo by Meredith

6. Grilled Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp bathe briefly in olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes. "A definite favorite," says Donna. "The marinade is so easy to prepare and can be done ahead of time."

 

7. Thai Spiced Barbecue Shrimp

Lemon juice, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic, brown sugar, and curry paste -- "What a burst of flavors!" raves LIZCANCOOK. "Definitely has a kick."

 

Thai Spiced Barbecue Shrimp

Photo by Meredith

8. Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, red wine vinegar, basil, and cayenne pepper. "This recipe is AWESOME," says Crystal. "Made these for a 4th of July party and they literally flew off the table."

 

Marinated Grilled Shrimp

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Top Tips for Grilling Shrimp

Choose large shrimp for grilling. Big shrimp are best for grilling. As Chef John recommends, "Try to get the largest shrimp you can find, since that will allow for maximum grilling time, which equals maximum caramelization, which is where so much of the flavor comes from." Big shrimp are best for grilling. 

Skewering the shrimp will help you keep control of them on the hot grill. When skewered, you can flip a whole row of shrimp in one flip. Also, skewered shrimp won't slip through the grates and into the coals.

Shrimp cook quickly. Many grilled shrimp recipes recommend medium heat. But if you choose high, direct heat instead, you'll get more caramelization and potentially some serious grill marks. Over high heat, it takes just a couple minutes on each side for marinated shrimp to become sweet, smoky, caramelized bites of pure deliciousness.

And if you don't have a grill, that's fine. You can cook shrimp in the oven, under the broiler. Turn after a couple minutes directly under the heat source.

For more on how to cook and prep shrimp, check out Smart Things To Know About Cooking Shrimp.


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