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Easy and Delicious Grilled Shrimp

Updated on June 16, 2013

Simple and delicious...

If you're looking for something easy to BBQ, mix up a batch of bbq shrimp marinade and get ready for the best grilled shrimp you've ever tasted. This recipe is so easy that even the most inexperienced backyard chef can come out looking like a gourmet cook. Give it a try the next time you have a backyard cookout and impress your family and friends! Shrimp are low in calories, so they make perfect appetizers if you're watching your waist line. This is very easy to make and tastes awesome - so be sure to try it. You won't be disappointed...

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Marinated Grilled Shrimp Recipe
Marinated Grilled Shrimp Recipe
  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 50 min
  • Ready in: 55 min
  • Yields: 6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 pounds large shrimp
  • peeled and de-veined
  • skewers

Instructions

  1. 1. In a large bowl, stir together the garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, and red wine vinegar
  2. 2. Season with basil, salt, and cayenne pepper
  3. 3. Add shrimp to the bowl, and stir until evenly coated
  4. 4. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring once or twice
  5. 5. Preheat grill for medium heat
  6. 6. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade
  7. 7. Lightly oil grill grate
  8. 8. Cook shrimp on preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque
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Nutritional Information:

Shrimp is actually good for you - a 4 oz serving has 24 grams protein with only 112 calories and 1.3 grams of fat. It's also a great source of iron, niacin, phosphorus, selenium, vitamin B12, and zinc. The only downside is it's high in cholesterol, but according to this report it's not a problem.

(Source: NutritionData)

How to Pick Shrimp - The most important ingredient...

Black tiger shrimp
Black tiger shrimp

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When picking shrimp, the most important thing is to only use wild caught shrimp. These have better flavor and texture than farm raised shrimp, which are also full of antibiotics and possibly other chemicals. I like to use Black Tiger Shrimp because they have a firm texture and meaty flavor. If you prefer a milder, sweeter flavor, pink or white shrimp also work well with this recipe (I can't comment on other varieties as I haven't tried them).

If you're buying fresh shrimp, make sure they don't smell fishy and aren't slimy. Either condition means they aren't really so "fresh" after all and may have even started to spoil. If you're buying frozen fish, check the package to make sure they are in fact wild caught. Also check for a recent pack date and an "IQF" designation, meaning the shrimp were Individually Quick Frozen. For best flavor and texture, fresh shrimp should be used immediately and frozen shrimp should be used within a month of purchase. Bon Appetit!!!

Steven Raichlen Grilling Kabob Skewers

The best skewers for grilling...

Steven Raichlen Stainless Steel Grilling Kabob Skewers are by far the best skewers for grilling. They're stainless steel so they won't burn like wooden skewers, and they're flat so the shrimp (or whatever you're grilling) won't rotate on the skewers when turn them. You won't believe how much easier it is to grill kabobs with these until you've tried them.

Cooking Demo - Watch how easy this is...

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp is another great shrimp recipe to cook on the grill. It's even easier to make than my Marinated Grilled Shrimp and just as tasty. Of course shrimp isn't the only seafood that tastes great with bacon...

Ultimate Shrimp Skewers - If you're grilling any kind of seafood these are the best...

 

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      i Dia1 4 years ago

      That looks so delicious. I will have to try.

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      momsfunny 4 years ago

      Yum, sounds really delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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      deckdesign 5 years ago

      Thanks for the marinated shrimp recipe. This one is going on the barbecue.