Grilled Shrimp Cocktail is the perfect appetizer or side dish. The shrimp is seasoned perfectly and then grilled for a flavorful dish idea.

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail on a platter with cocktail sauce in the middle
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If you love shrimp as much as my family, then you need to make this Grilled Shrimp Cocktail Recipe. It is one of my favorite seafood recipes and an easy appetizer.

We love the flavor after the shrimp is grilled just like in Grilled Shrimp Skewer Recipe. You may even like this Grilled Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe for another easy appetizer recipe.

Why We Love This Recipe:

Making this Grilled Shrimp Cocktail takes very little prep time and simple seasoning to make a crowd pleasing appetizer. They always taste amazing and cooked easily on the gas grill.

This recipe is perfect for a summer BBQ or for a holiday appetizer. Give your jumbo shrimp delicious smoky char flavor with this easy recipe.

Ingredients: 

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail Ingredients - Shrimp, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, lime, red pepper flakes, ketchup, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, horseradish, garlic, hot sauce

For the Shrimp: 

  • Large Raw Shrimp Uncooked Peel and Deveined (tails on)
  • Olive Oil 
  • Kosher Salt 
  • Black Pepper 
  • Garlic Powder 
  • Onion Powder 
  • Chili Powder 
  • Lime juiced
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes 

For the Cocktail Sauce: 

  • Ketchup 
  • Lemon Juice 
  • Worcestershire sauce 
  • Horseradish (prepared) 
  • Minced Garlic 
  • Hot Sauce (optional) 

For the full recipe and ingredients, scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.

Variations Ideas:

We love that this marinade recipe can changed to what you prefer. Other delicious or variations to this seasoning blend is to toss with lemon zest and parsley.

I love to garnish with cilantro when serving for added flavor.

Step by Step Instructions: 

Mixing the seasoning in a bowl

Step 1 – Whisk together olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, lime juice and red pepper flakes in a Large bowl. 

Mixing the seasoning blend with the shrimp

Step 2 – Place the shrimp in the large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for approximately 20-30 minutes.  While the shrimp is marinating, soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.

  • Step 3 – Preheat a grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F). Then thread the shrimp gently onto the wooden skewers.
  • Step 4 – Place the skewers directly on the hot grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until the shrimp are pink and cooked through. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp as it will make it tough.
  • Frozen Shrimp – If using frozen shrimp, we recommend to rinse, thaw and dry on a paper towel before grilling.
Combining the cocktail sauce ingredients in a bowl

Step 5 – Stir together the cocktail sauce ingredients in a small bowl.  Taste test and adjust any seasonings as needed based on your preference.

Grilled Shrimp Skewers on a plate

Step 6 – Carefully remove the shrimp from the skewers.  Serve with the cocktail sauce and enjoy!

Recipe Tips:

  • Skewers – Cooking the devein shrimp on skewers helps to easily grill the shrimp. If using wooden skewers make sure to soak them in water before grilling. This prevents them from burning while grilling. You can also use metal skewers to grill the shrimp skewers.
  • Marinate – We recommend to marinate the shrimp for about 30 minutes before grilling for added flavor.
Grilled Shrimp on a platter with a shrimp being dipped into the sauce

Serving Suggestions:

Serve Shrimp on a serving platter with a side of cocktail sauce. It is even better with fresh squeezed lemon wedges for added flavor.

Grilled Shrimp is best served hot right from the grill.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftover shrimp in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

How to Reheat:

If you have leftovers, reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds. You want to make sure to not overheat as the shrimp could become tough.

Grilled Shrimp on a platter with a side of cocktail sauce

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Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

5 from 2 votes
Grilled Shrimp Cocktail is the perfect appetizer or side dish. The shrimp is seasoned perfectly and then grilled for a flavorful dish idea.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer
Calories 188

Ingredients

For the Shrimp:

For the Cocktail Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Horseradish prepared
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 3 dashes Hot Sauce optional

Instructions

  • Whisk together olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, lime juice and red pepper flakes in a medium size bowl.
  • Place the shrimp in the bowl. Cover and refrigerate for approximately 20-30 minutes.  While the shrimp is marinating, soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat a grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F). Then thread the shrimp gently onto the wooden skewers.
  • Place the skewers directly on the hot grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until the shrimp are pink and cooked through. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp as it will make it tough.
  • Stir together the cocktail sauce ingredients in a small bowl.  Taste test and adjust any seasonings as needed based on your preference.
  • Carefully remove the shrimp from the skewers.  Serve with the cocktail sauce and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 188kcal, Carbohydrates 13g, Protein 16g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0.01g, Cholesterol 143mg, Sodium 1591mg, Potassium 300mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 8g, Vitamin A 511IU, Vitamin C 5mg, Calcium 83mg, Iron 1mg

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