Grilled Shrimp Skewers

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4.88 from 8 votes
Grilled Shrimp Skewers are the perfect summer food. This recipe is fragrant, easy and so perfect as a base for another dish or on their own, they are exceptional.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes
Grilled Shrimp Skewers with lemon on the side.

Grilled Shrimp Skewers are the perfect summer food. This recipe is fragrant, easy and so perfect as a base for another dish or on their own, they are exceptional.

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with lemon on the side.

This Grilled Shrimp Skewers recipe are easy to make and can be used over rice, in tacos or whatever you enjoy. It will be your new go to recipe for shrimp, it is sticky, sweet and addictive.

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What We Love About This Recipe for Shrimp Skewers

This Asian inspired recipe is great for the grill. It really amps up the flavor and taste.

  • 10 Minute Meal: Make and marinade in advance and have this recipe in minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: It is always fun to eat things on a stick.
  • Adaptable: Can make it on the grill in the summer or in the kitchen on a grill pan.
Shrimp on a wooden serving dish.

Ingredient Notes

  • Shrimp: Peeled and deveined.
  • Garlic: Lots of garlic, it is so worth it. Eight cloves.
  • Fresh Ginger: Grated. This adds great flavor.
  • Brown sugar, Soy Sauce, Apple Cider Vinegar and Sesame Oil make the shrimp marinade.
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Recipe for Shrimp Skewers

These are the basic steps for making shrimp kabobs on the grill. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Shrimp Cooking on the grill.

STEP 1: COOK

First, on the stove top heat vegetable oil in medium saucepan and then add onions and saute until soft and translucent, about 7 minutes. Then add garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

STEP 2: COOL

Next, add remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 Minutes. Cool sauce completely. Reserve half of the sauce for basting with this shrimp marinade.

STEP 3: MARINADE

Place shrimp in a resealable bag and pour remaining sauce over shrimp. Close bag and knead to ensure all shrimp is coated in sauce. Refrigerate for 1 hour to overnight. Remove shrimp from marinade and throw marinade away. Thread onto the skewers.

STEP 4: GRILL

Then spray grill lightly with cooking spray and preheat grill on medium high. Place shrimp on grill and grill until well browned on one side, about 5 – 7 minutes. Turn and baste with sauce. Shrimp cook until opaque another 5 to 7 minutes. Turn and baste again.

STEP 5: SERVE

Continue grilling until well caramelized and the shrimp is cooked through. Finally, remove and serve with reserved sauce.

Prep and Storage Tips for this Shrimp Recipes

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

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HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Wrap in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze in an airtight container for up to six months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Reheat leftovers shrimp in your skillet is to first preheat your pan over medium heat and then heat your oil. Other methods can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions about Grilling Shrimp on Skewers

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE DIFFERENTLY?

Different seasoning can be used to change it up, Italian seasoning, cajun seasoning or your favorite blend can be used.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE FROZEN SHRIMP?

Frozen thawed shrimp can be used to make these shrimp skewers on the grill.

WHAT SIZE SHRIMP SHOULD BE USED FOR GRILLING?

The perfect size for grilling is large (26–30 shrimp per pound). They are big enough to not fall through the grill grates, yet small enough to be tender.

CAN I MAKE IF I HAVE NO SKEWERS?

Of course, use a Vegetables Grill Basket.

Top shot of the shrimp with parsley on the side.

Expert Tips for Making This Shrimp Kabobs Recipe

  • Make More: Make this recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking sheet and keep warm in oven until ready to serve,
  • Fresh Parsley: Top with your favorite fresh herbs, lemon juice or lemon zest.
  • Olive Oil: Can replace the sesame oil with olive oil.
  • Skewers: If using wooden skewers, soak skewers in water for at least 20 minutes. This will prevent the skewers from burning on the grill.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: A grill pan is a great way to make this dish in place of a grill if you need to cook indoors.

What to Serve with Grilled Shrimp Skewers

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Grilled Shrimp Skewers with lemon on the side.
4.88 from 8 votes

Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes
Grilled Shrimp Skewers are the perfect summer food. This recipe is fragrant, easy and so perfect as a base for another dish or on their own, they are exceptional.
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • ¼ cup onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon to 1 red pepper flakes, to taste
  • in Bamboo or metal skewers, soak bamboo skewers water

Instructions

  • If using bamboo skewers, soak skewers in water for at least 20 minutes. This will prevent the skewers from burning on the grill.
  • Heat vegetable oil in medium saucepan. Add onions and saute until soft and translucent, about 7 minutes.
  • Add garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 Minutes. Cool sauce completely.
  • Reserve half of the sauce for basting.
  • Place shrimp in a resealable bag and pour remaining sauce over shrimp.
  • Close bag and knead to ensure all shrimp is coated in sauce. Refrigerate for 1 hour to overnight.
  • Remove shrimp from marinade and throw marinade away.
  • Thread onto the skewers.
  • Spray grill lightly with cooking spray and preheat grill on medium high.
  • Place shrimp on grill and grill until well browned on one side, about 5 – 7 minutes.
  • Turn and baste with sauce.Grill another 5 to 7 minutes. Turn and baste again.
  • Continue grilling until well caramelized and the shrimp is cooked through.
  • Remove and serve with reserved sauce.

Expert Tips

 
  • Make More: Make this recipe for a crowd.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking sheet and keep warm in oven until ready to serve,
  • Fresh Parsley: Top with your favorite fresh herbs, lemon juice or lemon zest.
  • Olive Oil: Can replace the sesame oil with olive oil.
  • Skewers: If using wooden skewers, soak skewers in water for at least 20 minutes. This will prevent the skewers from burning on the grill.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: A grill pan is a great way to make this dish in place of a grill if you need to cook indoors.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2038mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 232IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: grill, summer

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