Grilled Shrimp

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Make the best grilled shrimp ever with this easy recipe! Just mix together a few basic ingredients for an easy marinade and then grill up this tasty seafood. Simple, flavorful and fun!

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Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Grilling season is upon us, and that means I'm grilling up all manners of meat! From juicy grilled chicken to flavorful grilled pork tenderloin, we have no shortage of delicious grilled recipes over here.

This easy grilled shrimp recipe makes the most flavorful, tender and perfectly cooked shrimp. There are loads of different marinades out there for grilled shrimp, but I love this easy marinade because it's so quick.

My shrimp marinade is pretty similar to my grilled chicken marinade, which I love! It means that I likely already have all of the ingredients on hand and I can whip up a quick marinade whenever we want tasty shrimp.

Serve this simple grilled shrimp recipe as a main dish or a quick appetizer. It's a crowd pleaser and is truly the easiest way to prepare super flavorful shrimp! You're gonna love it!

A white plate with grilled shrimp garnished with lemon wedges and parsley. A gray cloth napkin is partially visible on the right side of the plate.

Why You'll Love this Recipe

Easy grilling recipes are a summer go-to around here, especially the ones that require minimal effort. This has definitely become a favorite for many reasons:

  • Grilled shrimp is a great make-ahead recipe since you can marinate shrimp for up to 24 hours. You can also just prep the shrimp, prep the marinade, and mix it up later!
  • This dish is flavorful, but goes with many different flavor profiles. Serve it up however you want and make multiple different dishes with it.
  • Easily adjust this marinade to fit your dietary restrictions or flavor preference. It's a great base recipe.
A bowl of raw shrimp next to a bowl containing olive oil, minced garlic, and herbs. Two smaller bowls of chopped herbs and salt are on the side. The items are arranged on a light-colored surface.

Ingredients

Make sure you have each of the marinade ingredients, as well as raw shrimp. Here's a list of everything that you need:

  • medium sized raw shrimp
  • honey
  • fresh lemon juice
  • Dijon mustard
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • parsley
A plate of grilled shrimp garnished with lemon wedges and parsley, served on a white dish. A bowl with salt is visible in the background next to a striped cloth napkin.

Substitutions and Variations

You can use fresh lime juice in place of lemon juice! The flavor will be a bit different, but still extra tasty.

Avocado oil is a great substitute for olive oil if that is what you prefer to use.

Worcestershire sauce adds a nice depth of flavor if you want to add a little to this shrimp marinade. Soy sauce or coconut aminos work too!

Feel free to add fresh herbs or dried herbs for added flavor. You can also use spices like red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, or cayenne pepper. Fresh minced garlic and lemon zest are other flavorful options!

A plate of grilled shrimp garnished with parsley and served with lemon wedges on a white dish.

Essential grilling tools

Truthfully, you don’t need more than a good pair of tongs and a grill that works. Whether it’s charcoal, pellet or gas is up to you.

However, if you’re willing to invest in a few tools, you’re setting yourself up for grilling success. Here’s what I recommend:

One thing you need to know: Always start with a clean grill! Check out my post on how to clean a grill for the best tips and tricks.

How to Make Grilled Shrimp

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make the best grilled shrimp:

A bowl of raw shrimp next to a bowl containing olive oil, minced garlic, and herbs. Two smaller bowls of chopped herbs and salt are on the side. The items are arranged on a light-colored surface.

If you did not purchase peeled and deveined shrimp, then peel and devein them before you start on the marinade.

Mix together the simple marinade ingredients in a small bowl and then pour the mixture over the shrimp in a large bowl or bag.

A hand mixer whisks a yellow liquid with green herbs in a clear glass bowl. A small wooden bowl containing more green herbs is partially visible in the corner.
A bowl of raw shrimp marinating in a yellow seasoned mixture in a glass bowl.

Allow the shrimp to marinate for at least 30 minutes, and up to overnight.

When you're ready to start cooking shrimp, preheat the grill to medium-high heat (375°F-400ºF). Once the grill is preheated, clean grill grates with a grill brush.

Shrimp grilling on an outdoor grill. Some shrimp are more cooked than others, with a golden hue. They are aligned mostly in a grid pattern.
Grilled shrimp with a golden-brown char are placed on a black grill grate.

Prepare the grill grates with grill spray, or use half an onion to naturally season the grates to prevent sticking.

Use grill tongs to place the marinated shrimp onto grill. Cook each side 1-3 minutes until 140ºF (60°C). Once the shrimp is pink, it's good to go!

Serve immediately with your favorite sides.

Grilled shrimp garnished with chopped parsley and lemon wedges on a plate.

How to Store Grilled Shrimp

Allow leftover shrimp to cool completely and then transfer to an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Let the frozen shrimp thaw before reheating! Reheat in the oven or on the stovetop, then serve.

A plate of grilled shrimp garnished with lemon wedges and parsley, served on a white dish. A bowl with salt is visible in the background next to a striped cloth napkin.

What to Serve with Grilled Shrimp

Serve this delicious seafood with simple sides like grilled squash and zucchini and cilantro lime cauliflower rice. I also love really simple sides like Instant Pot mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables.

You can even make shrimp tacos and top them with things like peach salsa and fresh guacamole.

Swap out the chicken on this grilled chicken salad for fresh grilled shrimp, or add shrimp as a topping to things like lemon orzo pasta salad.

Grilled shrimp cooking on a metal grill with char marks visible on the shrimp.

Tips for Success

These succulent shrimp are pretty simple, but here's a few tips to ensure they are extra perfect:

  • Make sure you grab shrimp that are large enough to not fall through grill grates, but not jumbo shrimp. Peeled and deveined shrimp are the best to grab.
  • Do not marinade shrimp for longer than 24 hours or the lemon juice can start to break down the meat and mess with the texture of the shrimp.
  • Shrimp cooks pretty quickly! You'll know it's done when it turns a vibrant pink color! Be mindful not to overcook shrimp — it will lose some of its color and start to curl.
A plate of grilled shrimp garnished with lemon wedges and fresh parsley on a light-colored surface.

FAQ

Do you rinse shrimp before grilling?

After you peel and devein shrimp, I recommend rinsing them to get the remaining debris off. This ensures that they are fully clean and will taste the best!

How do you grill shrimp without sticking?

It is essential to use a little oil on the grill grates before placing the shrimp on the hot surface. You can also naturally oil a grill by rubbing half an onion over the grates.

Grilled shrimp garnished with chopped herbs and served with lemon wedges.

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A plate of grilled shrimp garnished with lemon wedges and fresh parsley on a light-colored surface.

Grilled Shrimp

Make these easy grilled shrimp when you're craving some tasty seafood! With a simple homemade marinade, you'll know that they'll always turn out flavorful.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 46 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound medium sized raw shrimp large enough to not fall through grill grates, peeled and deveined
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon parsley

Instructions

  • Prepare shrimp by peeling and deveining.
  • Mix together all ingredients for the marinade and pour over prepared shrimp in a large bowl or plastic bag.
  • Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes up to overnight. (Longer than 24 hours can start to break down the meat because of the lemon juice in the marinade.)
  • When you're ready to start cooking shrimp, preheat the grill to medium-high heat (375°F-400ºF). Once the grill is preheated, clean grill grates with a grill brush.
  • Prepare grill grates by spraying with grill spray or using half an onion to naturally season the grates to prevent sticking.
  • Use grill tongs to place shrimp onto grill. Cook each side 1-3 minutes until 140ºF (60°C). You'll know the shrimp is cooked when it turns a vibrant pink color! Be mindful not to overcook shrimp — it will lose some of its color and start to curl.

Notes

You can leave the tails on for grilling for presentation or remove them.
The marinade should fully cover the shrimp in your bag/bowl. If it doesn't, feel free to add additional lemon juice and oil (1 part lemon, 2 parts oil - example: ¼ cup lemon juice and ½ cup oil).
If your shrimp are fully frozen, it's best to let these thaw first. However, if they are just slightly frozen from your butcher, they should thaw enough while marinating.
Shrimp cooks incredibly fast, so you'll want to stay with the grill the whole time. You'll be cooking each side of the skewer from 1-3 minutes!

Nutrition

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 757mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 207IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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