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GRILLED SHRIMP

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs Recipe

Introduction

These grilled shrimp kabobs are a delightful blend of flavors, making them perfect for both casual weeknight dinners and special occasions. The marinade infuses the shrimp with garlic, paprika, and a touch of heat from crushed red pepper flakes, creating a dish that’s bursting with taste. Serve these kabobs with lemon wedges for a zesty finish.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley or basil
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Marinade: In a medium bowl, whisk together minced garlic, olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, crushed red pepper flakes, and Worcestershire sauce until well combined.
  2. Marinate the Shrimp: Add the peeled and deveined shrimp to the marinade, ensuring they are well coated. Marinate for at least 15 minutes, up to 1 hour, in the refrigerator.
  3. Preheat the Grill: Preheat the grill to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Skewer the Shrimp: Thread the marinated shrimp onto skewers, leaving space between each shrimp.
  5. Grill the Shrimp: Grill the shrimp skewers for about 2 minutes on each side, or until they turn light pink on the outside and opaque or white on the inside.
  6. Serve: Sprinkle the grilled shrimp kabobs with chopped fresh parsley or basil. Serve hot with lemon wedges on the side.

Notes

  • Shrimp Selection: Use good quality fresh or frozen large or jumbo shrimp. Ensure they are peeled and deveined, leaving the tails intact.
  • Marinade Time: Allow the shrimp to marinate for at least 15 minutes for optimal flavor.
  • Grilling Tips: Preheat your grill to 450 degrees Fahrenheit for best results. Soak wooden skewers in warm water for 30 minutes before threading the shrimp on to prevent burning.
  • Vegetable Addition: If you wish to add vegetables to the kabobs, marinate them separately and thread them on separate skewers. Grill the vegetables for about 5-7 minutes ahead of the shrimp.
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FAQs

1. How long do you grill shrimp?
Grill shrimp for about 2 minutes on each side, or until they turn light pink on the outside and opaque or white on the inside.

2. Can I use frozen shrimp?
Yes, you can use good quality frozen shrimp, just ensure they are thawed before marinating.

3. What other vegetables can I add to the kabobs?
Bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and onions are great options for grilled shrimp kabobs.

4. Can I use different herbs in the marinade?
Yes, feel free to experiment with different fresh herbs like cilantro or thyme based on your preference.

5. How do you serve grilled shrimp kabobs?
Serve the grilled shrimp kabobs hot off the grill with a sprinkle of fresh herbs and lemon wedges for squeezing over the shrimp.

These grilled shrimp kabobs are not only easy to make but also deliver a burst of delicious flavors. Whether you’re grilling for a family dinner or entertaining guests, this recipe is sure to impress!