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  • Store leftover shrimp in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • 5 from 420 votes

    Calories: 190 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 653mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American
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    The reviews for this grilled shrimp recipe speak for themselves; this recipe is so delicious!

    Juicy shrimp are tossed in a simple marinade, grilled until tender, and drizzled wiht garlid butter for serving.

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    • It’s so delicious – everyone raves about it!
    • The marinade uses ingredients you likely have on hand and lets the flavor of the shrimp shine.
    • The shrimp comes out so tender and cooks in less than 10 minutes!
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    Ingredients for Grilled Shrimp

    • Shrimp: This recipe works well with either large or medium shrimp. I prefer larger shrimp for skewering. To save time, purchase peeled and deveined shrimp; I like the tails on. Thaw and drain frozen shrimp before using.
    • Oil: The base of the shrimp marinade is olive oil, however, any neutral oil will work.
    • Garlic: These shrimp have a double dose of garlic – fresh is best if possible!
    • Seasoning: Herbs, a bit of lemon juice, and tomato paste add flavor the the marinade.
    • Butter: Use salted butter if possible or add a pinch of salt if your butter is unsalted.

    I use parsley but if you have other fresh herbs like basil or cilantro, they also taste great in the garlic butter.

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    How to Grill Garlic Grilled Shrimp

    1. Combine everything in a bowl, toss to coat, and marinate per the recipe below.
    2. Thread the shrimp on skewers.
    3. Preheat the grill to medium and grill shrimp skewers for about 3 minutes per side.
    4. Drizzle with garlic butter and serve.

    If using wooden skewers, I recommend soaking them to prevent them from catching fire on the grill. Place them in a shallow pan (I use a 9×13 dish) and soak them while the shrimp marinates.

    If you frequently make skewers, I recommend investing in stainless steel skewers. While I love the dollar store for many items, I find that the cheaper skewers rust.

    Garlic Grilled Shrimp skewers on a baking sheet

    Serving Suggestions

    • Skewers: Serve these skewers over rice (or Roasted Potatoes)with a side of grilled vegetables.
    • Tacos: Use shrimp without tails and make them into shrimp tacos with your fave toppings.
    • Salad: Serve these skewers over a fresh salad – or even better yet Caesar salad!

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    Garlic Grilled Shrimp

    Garlic grilled shrimp is made with a tangy marinade and brushed with garlic butter.

    Prep Time 30 minutes

    Cook Time 4 minutes

    Total Time 34 minutes

    Servings 8 skewers

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    Garlic Butter

    • In a small bowl, combine butter, garlic, and parsley. Set aside.

    • In a glass bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, parsley, tomato paste, basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add the shrimp and marinate for at least 20 minutes or up to 1 hour.

    • Preheat the grill to medium heat (375°F).

    • Thread the shrimp onto skewers and grill for 2-3 minutes per side or just until the shrimp are opaque. Remove from skewers and place in a serving bowl.

    • If needed, warm the garlic butter in the microwave for a few seconds to melt. Drizzle the garlic butter over the shrimp and serve warm with lemon wedges if desired.

    • Don’t marinade the shrimp longer than 60 minutes. Over-marinating can make the shrimp mushy.
    • Don’t overcook the shrimp – cook just cook until opaque.
    • If you don’t have skewers, you can cook shrimp on a grill mat or in a grill pan.
    • Store leftover shrimp in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

    5 from 420 votes

    Calories: 190 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 653mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American
    close up of plated easy Garlic Grilled Shrimp with a title
    bowl of Garlic Grilled Shrimp with writing
    Garlic Grilled Shrimp on a skewer and close up with a title
    tangy Garlic Grilled Shrimp with writing
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