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Easy Weeknight Meals- Crispy Grilled Shrimp

These grilled shrimp are crispy, juicy and full of flavors. A light marinade of lemon, garlic, parsley and few chilly flakes flavor the juicy shrimp as it cooks in its shell.

Crispy Grilled shrimp on a platter
Crispy Grilled Shrimp

This is a my kind of summer dish. It requires very little prep work, very little cook time and minimum cleanup. With dishes like these anyone can cook a wholesome meal – be it your teen learning to grill or your grill master significant other ?.

I like to serve it with on a bed of salad for a quick lunch. Sometimes the grilled and peeled shrimp are served on avocado toast like in the picture below. Either way it is a quick meal or snack.

Crispy grilled Shrimp on avocado toast


You can use either fresh or frozen shrimp for this recipe. In either case larger varieties are good here. Select medium or jumbo varieties that contain no more than 30 per pound.

The larger varieties cook better on the grill and of course are easier to prep, especially for this dish.

Select shrimp that are unpeeled. The easy peel varieties are already deveined making prep easy. We want the skin on the shrimp as it helps the marinate seal in resulting in a more flavorful dish.

My recommendation is easy peel shrimp but if you have whole shrimp then do the following –

  • remove  the  heads
  • using a  sharp kitchen scissors cut across the back of the shell and remove the intestines (the  black  vein) 
  • do not  the  remove  the  shell.


The marinade used in this recipe is very simple. Minced garlic, a few chili flakes, parsley lemon, salt and oil makes up the marinade. All flavors complementing the juicy crustacean.

The few chili flakes in the recipe is there to provide a balance and not heat. Omit omit it if you are averse to chili, but don’t add too much.

The trick to getting the most flavors in the shrimp is to get the marinade in the shell. Gently open up the shells and drizzle a little marinade inside. close the shells back.

Steps to making cripsy grilled shrimp

There it is – Clean shrimp, make the marinade (May be your should reverse the order here), get it in the shell and grill !

Now you know why I chose larger varieties of shrimp !

On the shell

The shrimp is grilled with the shells on. There are a few advantages to this

  • Easy cleanup – you can place the shrimp right on the hot grill, the shells act like a non stick surface.
  • Flavors – Shells works as individual wrappers sealing the flavors in. This creates the maximum amount of flavors in a very short time.
Easy grilled shrimp on a platter

Doesn’t that look gorgeous?!


Turn on the  grill  and  set  the temperature  to  high . Once it is  hot (around 400ºF), spread the  shrimp on the  grill pan and  grill for 3 to 4 on each side. When cooked the outside of the shrimp will turn pink and the inside will look white.

Remove  from the grill and let it rest for a few  minutes before serving. Serve warm  or cold with a side salad and crusty bread   or your choice of sides. Alternately you can let it cool to touch and remove the shell before tossing it into salads or wraps and such.

Crispy Grilled shrimp on a platter

Crispy Grilled Shrimp

By Syama
Quick and easy crispy grilled shrimp, grilled with the shells on makes them stay juicy and flavorful .
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main
Cuisine American


  • 1 lb Easy Peel Shrimp 1/2 Kg
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt Adjust to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Chili Flakes To Taste
  • 4 Tbsp Finely Chopped Parsley
  • 1/2 Lemon Juiced


  • Finely grate the garlic using a micro-plane or crush finely using a mortar and pestle. Mix all the ingredients except shrimp together to make the marinade. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Take one shrimp and carefully push open one side of the shell and place a little bit of the marinate inside, and press back to close. Repeat for the other side Do the same for the remaining shrimp.
  • Heat the grill pan or outdoor grill till it is hot (around 400°F) .
  • Place the shrimp on hot grill and grill for about 3 minutes each side . When done the shrimp will shrink a bit and change color. Serve warm .


To serve these off the shell , wait for 5 minutes after the shrimp is taken off the grill and peel off the shell.

Important: Values are only estimates. Actuals vary depending on ingredients and serving size.

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Easy Grilled Shrimp flavored with lemon, garlic parsley and a few chili flakes
Easy Grilled Shrimp flavored with lemon, garlic parsley and a few chili flakes. Easy to make .

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Originally Published Aug 2016, edited for content and pictures

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Recipe Rating

Reena Bansal

Monday 6th of July 2020

By far the best shrimp recipe ever. I made this 3 times since finding this recipe and I'm reminded every time how YUMMY it is. Unfortunately I haven't had the chance to try it on a BBQ will do so this weekend. But if you spread the shrimp out on foil lined (no cleanup!) baking sheet on the top rack under the broiler for 4 minutes- it's still AWESOME! My son who HATES spicy food loves it and I even caught my cat stealing a piece off the plate when my back was turned. The darned cat sat there and gave us the "I'm starving to death" stare the whole time we at dinner.