These grilled shrimp are crispy and juicy at the same time. marinating and grilling them with the shell helps retain the juice and enhance the flavors. A light marinade of lemon, garlic, parsley, and few red chili flakes is used to flavor the juicy shrimp. This is easy to make and a light meal to serve outdoors as well as indoors. Gluten Free, Dairy Free
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 aka 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.
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.
Making the Marinade
The marinade used in this recipe is very simple. Minced garlic, a few chili flakes, parsley lemon, a pinch of salt, and oil makes up the marinade. All flavors complementing the juicy crustacean.
Most shrimp available in the supermarket are stored in brine at some time. This increase the amount of sodium. Unless it is fresh caught catch, keep the salt in the marinade low. Sprinkle salt on the grilled shrimp while it is warm of needed.
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.
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 !
How to Make the Juicy Shrimp
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.
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. Serve with a few lime wedges and a sprinkling of greens like scallions or parsley.
Alternately you can let it cool until it becomes easy to handle and remove the shell before tossing it into salads or wraps and such. I like to serve it with mashed avocados on crusty bread. Squeeze a little lemon on top and serve.
Crispy Grilled Shrimp
- 1 lb Easy Peel Shrimp Notes
- 3 Cloves Garlic
- 1/8 Tsp Salt Adjust to taste (Notes)
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 Tsp Red 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 .
- If not using easy peel shrimp check the blog for cleaning directions.
- Most of the shrimp in the supermarket are stored in brine and have added sodium. If you are using fresh catch increase the salt in the marinade.
- To serve these off the shell , wait for 5 minutes after the shrimp is taken off the grill and peel off the shell.
Important: Nutrition Values are estimates. Actuals vary based on ingredients and serving size.
More Shrimp Recipes
- Brazilian Coconut Shrimp Stew
- Shrimp Curry With Mangoes
- Konju Theeyal – Shrimp in roasted coconut curry
- Shrimp Biryani (Instant Pt)
- 30 Minutes Shrimp Momos (Steamed dumplings)
Originally Published Aug 2016, edited for content and pictures