by Olena

Grilled Shrimp Skewers

by Olena

These are the best Grilled Shrimp Skewers on the web! Juicy charred shrimp, lemon and garlic, no marinating. You could be enjoying these shrimp skewers in 16 minutes from now.

grilled shrimp skewers garnished with parsley

Shrimp Skewers

You will love these grilled shrimp skewers! It is such a simple recipe:

  • You can get away with affordable medium size shrimp.
  • Marinating time is zero minutes.
  • On your table in 16 minutes.

Thread, brush, flip-flop and voila. It is a misconception that shrimp “needs a lot”.

grilled shrimp skewers served on a platter with a lemon wedge

Is Shrimp Healthy?

We eat shrimp every few months as it is high in cholesterol. And expensive as well. So shrimp is definitely a treat. You can read this article and this one about cholesterol and shrimp. Make your own conclusion.

Health benefits of shrimp include low calorie quality and 90% protein content. Shrimp is high in antioxidants, more than 20 different vitamins and minerals, and provides high amount of iodine that is not available in other foods.

80% of shrimp sold in the US is farm raised abroad. It may be contaminated with antibiotics because FDA is not perfect. If you care about eating healthy, it is best to buy wild or farmed shrimp from the US or other countries where antibiotic use is illegal.

raw shrimp skewers on a platter with garlic butter marinade

Shrimp Skewer Marinade

My easy shrimp skewer marinade consists of:

  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Oregano
  • Salt and pepper

It is so flavorful, there is no need to marinate shrimp in it. Brushing shrimp before and during grilling makes these lemon garlic shrimp skewers delicious!

Tips for Best Grilled Shrimp Skewers

  • Pre-soak wooden skewers in cold water for 30 minutes. I love reusable metal skewers.
  • Thread shrimp onto skewers, about 5-7 per skewer.
  • To grill shrimp without skewers, cook them in a well oiled grilling basket or on silicone grill mat.
  • Cold shrimp skewers are a thing.

How Long to Grill Shrimp Skewers?

Shrimp cooks fast. Don’t overcook. You want to flip and remove shrimp from the grill as soon as gray color is gone.

  1. Preheat grill on medium heat and lightly oil the surface.
  2. Place shrimp skewers on BBQ, quickly brush with half of the glaze, cover and grill for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Flip, brush with remaining glaze, cover and grill for 2 more minutes or until no longer transparent and pink.

Tip: Pressing on skewers with spatula makes nice grill marks.

bbq shrimp skewers on a grill

What Goes with Shrimp Skewers?

More Tasty Shrimp Recipes to Try

Grilled Shrimp Skewers served with cauliflower potato salad on a plate

shrimp skewers

Grilled Shrimp Skewers

These are The BEST Grilled Shrimp Skewers on the web! Juicy charred shrimp, lemon and garlic, no marinating. You could be enjoying these shrimp skewers in 16 minutes from now.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 10 skewers (7 shrimp each)
Author: Olena

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs raw medium shrimp deveined & tail on
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 large garlic clove grated
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp oregano dried
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • If using wooden skewers, pre-soak for 30 minutes. Thread shrimp onto skewers, about 5-7 per skewer.
  • In a small bowl, add olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, salt, pepper and whisk (I use a brush). Brush each shrimp skewer on each side with the glaze and place onto a platter.
  • Preheat grill on medium heat and lightly oil the surface. Place shrimp skewers on BBQ, quickly brush with half of the glaze, cover and grill for 2-3 minutes. Flip, brush with remaining glaze, cover and grill for 2 more minutes or until no longer transparent and pink.
  • Serve warm or cold, with a side of quinoa or brown rice, and a healthy salad like cauliflower potato salad. Such a classic summer BBQ meal.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 2 days. Shrimp skewers taste amazing cold!

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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

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    Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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    1. This recipe is excellent!!! My husband and I were tempted to eat out tonight, but decided to eat our own groceries. We marinated our shrimp skewers with this recipe and it was better than any shrimp we would have had at our local restaurants. 5 Star Rating!!!

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