Grilled Shrimp Skewers is an easy way to grill shrimp. Quick and easy to make with an simple lemon marinade that makes the shrimp full of flavor.

Grilled Shrimp Skewers on a platter
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Grilled Shrimp Skewers are marinated in a lemon juice and simple seasoning to make an amazing seafood meal idea. The shrimp is then threaded through wooden skewers and grilled to perfection.

If you love shrimp, you might also like Grilled Shrimp Scampi Recipe, Garlic Lemon Grilled Shrimp, Grilled Shrimp Cocktail or Grilled Shrimp Tacos Recipe.

See More Grilled Shrimp Recipes

Why We Love This Recipe

Cooking shrimp on the grill is one of my favorite ways to serve this delicious grilled seafood recipe. It cooks perfectly and with the best flavor.

You can easily make it with different types of seasoning for a crowd pleasing meal idea.

Ingredients

Ingredients needed - large shrimp, olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper, italian seasoning, garlic powder, fresh parsley
  • Large Raw Shrimp – I like to the ones that are already peeled, deveined, tails-on

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Variations Ideas

  • Add Vegetables – Make Shrimp Kabobs for an complete meal idea. We like to add peppers and whole mushrooms with the shrimp for a healthy meal.
  • Change the Seasoning – If you want to add some spice to your recipe, add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • Grilled Shrimp Salad – Top your favorite salad with grilled shrimp. This a nice change from the normal grilled chicken.

How to Grill Shrimp Skewers

  • Step 1 – Combine Marinade ingredients – Whisk together all the ingredients except for the shrimp in a medium size.
  • Step 2 – Add Shrimp – Place the shrimp in the large bowl and toss and coat with marinade.
Mixing shrimp in marinated in a white bowl
  • Step 3 – Refrigerate Shrimp – Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or up to 2 hours. While the shrimp is marinading, soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
Freshly marinated shrimp on skewers
  • Step 4 – Prepare Grill – Preheat a gas grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F). Then skewer the shrimp gently onto the wooden skewers.
  • Step 5 – Cook Shrimp – Once you have thread the shrimp, place the skewers directly on the hot grill grates. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until the shrimp are pink and cooked through.
Grilling shrimp skewers
  • Step 6 – Serve and Enjoy – Serve immediately while warm and enjoy! Top with chopped parsley.

Recipe Tips

  • Marinating Shrimp – We recommend marinading for only about 15 minutes to 20 minutes. The acid in the lemon can actually cook the shrimp instead of the heat from the grill.
  • Cook in the Oven – Prepare the Shrimp and place shrimp skewers on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Then broil for about 2 minutes on each side.
  • Prepare Shrimp – Before you marinade shrimp, peel and devein shrimp. If you marinade while peel is still on shrimp the coating will have the shrimp.
  • Watch Shrimp – Don’t overcook shrimp as shrimp cooks very fast. If overcooked, the shrimp will lose its juices and will become chewy.
  • Frozen Shrimp – If you frozen shrimp, make sure you let it thaw completely before using. Thaw shrimp in cold water. Dry shrimp on a paper towel.

How to Grill Shrimp without Skewers

If you prefer you can grill shrimp without skewers. Cook the shrimp in a cast iron skillet or in a grill pan. Here are some of our favorite ways:

  • Blackstone Grilled Shrimp – If you have a Blackstone Griddle, then try grilling shrimp on it. They large cooking surface cooks the shrimp perfect with a nice crispy texture.
  • Grilled Shrimp in Foil Grill Shrimp Foil Packets are so quick and easy and fun to make. You can change the seasoning or add in vegetables to make it a complete meal.
  • Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Recipe – These grilled shrimp are the perfect weeknight meal to make. It takes minutes on the grill and the garlic parmesan topping, make this meal so delicious.
Grilled Shrimp Skewers on a platter with a side of fresh lemon

How Long to Cook Shrimp Skewers on Grill

Cooking shrimp skewers on the grill doesn’t take long. After the shrimp has marinated, then you grill shrimp for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

Make sure you have soaked the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent them from burning.

What to Serve with Grilled Shrimp

When we serve this Grilled Shrimp with skewers we like to serve with different sides. Most of the time, I try to do sides that can easily be prepared or can be grilled so it is easy clean up. Here are some of our favorites:

Grilled Shrimp Skewers on a platter with a side of fresh lemon

Frequently Asked Questions

How to know when Shrimp is Cooked

After grilling the shrimp skewers for about 2 minutes flip shrimp on the other side. Shrimp is cooked when the color of your shrimp is pink, opaque and just starts to curl. Make sure you don’t over cook shrimp. They can get very chewy and will not taste good.

What kind of Skewers to use

When you are preparing you chicken on the stick, you need bamboo skewers. I used wooden ones but you can use metal skewers as well. If you use wooden ones, soak them in water before you use them. This will prevent them from burning to fast on the grill.

How to Store Leftover Grilled Shrimp

Refrigerate the leftover shrimp in an airtight container for up to 3 days. See Leftover Shrimp Recipes.

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Grilled Shrimp Skewers

5 from 7 votes
Grilled Shrimp Skewers is an easy way to grill shrimp. Quick and easy to make with an easy marinade that makes the shrimp full of flavor.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 225

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Whisk together all the ingredients except for the shrimp in a medium size. Place the shrimp in the bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or up to 2 hours. While the shrimp is marinading, 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.
  • Serve immediately while warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts

Calories 225kcal, Carbohydrates 4g, Protein 31g, Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 7g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 243mg, Sodium 570mg, Potassium 470mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 132IU, Vitamin C 21mg, Calcium 120mg, Iron 1mg

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