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Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers

Enjoy these juicy grilled BBQ shrimp skewers that are bursting with smoky flavors. Succulent shrimp is marinated in a tangy sauce and cooked to perfection.

Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers

We cook on our outdoor grill all year round. It is an absolute must in the summer though. Cooking on the grill is the easiest way to help keep the heat down in the house.

Today, I am sharing a delicious grilled lemon garlic parmesan shrimp recipe with you. Not only does this recipe help keep the house cool, but the whole family loves it too.

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Paired with a quick salad, these juicy shrimp skewers make a delicious main dish on their own, but would also be excellent as a side with steak or as a filling for shrimp tacos.

How long should I marinate my shrimp before grilling?

Aim to marinate your shrimp for no more than 30 minutes before grilling. Shrimp are delicate and can easily become mushy if marinated for too long.

Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers

How do I prevent the shrimp from sticking to the grill?

This recipe has olive oil in the marinade, which helps prevent the shrimp from sticking to the grill. If you wish, you can also brush the skewers with oil before grilling. 

How do I know when the shrimp are cooked?

Shrimp cook quickly. Keep an eye on your shrimp as they cook, watching the color change, and remove them from the grill as soon as they turn pink and opaque. Overcooking can lead to tough, rubbery shrimp.

Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers

Can I use frozen shrimp for skewers?

Yes, you can use frozen shrimp for skewers, but be sure to thaw them before marinating and grilling. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight or in a bowl of cold water for about 20-30 minutes.

What should I serve with grilled marinated shrimp skewers?

Grilled marinated shrimp skewers pair well with a variety of side dishes, such as garlic rice, grilled vegetables, classic caesar salad or a simple green salad. They also make a great addition to a seafood platter or as an appetizer for a backyard barbecue or party.

Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers

While we love our Traeger, this tasty shrimp recipe can be made using a gas grill, charcoal grill, or an indoor grill pan. You could also skip the skewers and cook the individual shrimp in a cast iron skillet or grill basket.

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Give this easy grilled shrimp recipe a try today. You are going to love it!

Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers Ingredients

Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers:

Ingredients:

Marinade:

  • ½ lemon, zested
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Skewers:

  • 600 grams large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tail-on (size 20/30 or greater)
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp freshly chopped parsley
Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers Process

Directions:

  1. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.
  2. Make the marinade: In a medium bowl, add the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper, stirring to combine. 
Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers Marinade

3. Add the shrimp to the marinade and gently toss everything together, making sure the shrimp are well coated in marinade. Set aside for about 20 minutes.

4. Preheat the grill to medium heat. 

Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers Process

5. Thread the shrimp onto the skewers, about 4-5 shrimps per skewer.

Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers Process

6. Grill the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side, until opaque. Remove from the grill.

Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers

7. Brush with melted butter and top with parmesan cheese while they are hot.

Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers

8. Season to taste and garnish with parsley. Serve immediately, with extra lemon wedges.

Note: Shrimp absorbs flavors very quickly. We do not suggest marinating beyond 30 minutes, as the acids in the marinade will start breaking down the shrimp meat and make it mushy.

Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers

Tips & Tricks:

  • Soak your skewers! Wooden skewers can easily burn on the grill, so it’s best to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before using them. This will prevent them from catching fire and ensure that your shrimp stay on the skewers.
  • When making skewers, it’s best to use large shrimp, as they are easier to handle and will cook more evenly. If the shrimp are too small, they will break as you skewer them. 
  • Don’t over-marinate the shrimp. Shrimp are delicate and can easily become mushy if marinated for too long. Aim to marinate your shrimp for no more than 30 minutes before grilling.
  • Don’t overcook the shrimp. Overcooked shrimp can become tough and rubbery. Keep an eye on your shrimp as they cook and remove them from the grill as soon as they turn pink and opaque.
Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers
  • Thread shrimp evenly onto skewers. To ensure even cooking, thread the shrimp onto the skewers so that they are evenly spaced and not bunched up.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs. Fresh herbs, such as parsley or cilantro, can add a pop of color and freshness to your grilled shrimp skewers. Sprinkle the chopped herbs over the top just before serving.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Be sure to check out our favorite pan grilled garlic butter shrimp or air fryer Panko shrimp too!

Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers

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Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers

Grilled BBQ Shrimp Skewers

Enjoy these juicy grilled BBQ shrimp skewers that are bursting with smoky flavors. Succulent shrimp is marinated in a tangy sauce and cooked to perfection.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 44 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 7
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Ingredients

  • ½ lemon zested
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound large raw shrimp peeled and deveined, tail-on (size 20/30 or greater)
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp freshly chopped parsley

Instructions

  • If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.
  • Make the marinade: In a medium bowl, add the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper, stirring to combine. 
  • Add the shrimp to the marinade and gently toss everything together, making sure the shrimp are well coated in marinade. Set aside for about 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the grill to medium heat. 
  • Thread the shrimp onto the skewers, about 4-5 shrimps per skewer.
  • Grill the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side, until opaque. Remove from the grill.
  • Brush with melted butter and top with parmesan cheese while they are hot.
  • Season to taste and garnish with parsley. Serve immediately, with extra lemon wedges.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 643mg
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