Grilled Shrimp Marinade

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This grilled shrimp marinade is seriously easy to make and perfect for entertaining or easy dinners; it’s a zesty mix of lemon, garlic, and fresh herbs.

Grilled shrimp marinade

At the first instant that the season turns warmer, we start firing up the grill. And what simpler a grilled meal than shrimp? Alex and I eat a mostly whole food plant based diet over here, but we often mix it up with some sustainable seafood. Grilling seafood is one of our very favorite ways to eat it: because what food isn’t better with a smoky flavor! (Basically all foods benefit from smoke.) Here, we’ve developed a zesty Mediterranean-style grilled shrimp marinade, featuring garlic, fresh herbs from our garden, lemon and olive oil. It’s healthy and tastes absolutely fabulous: the first bite blew us away! Keep reading for the grilled shrimp marinade recipe.

Garlic Grilled Shrimp

How to make this grilled shrimp marinade

First of all: there are thousands of ways to make a grilled shrimp marinade! You could go teriyaki style, BBQ style, chipolte style: shrimp goes with so many different cuisines and flavors! For this shrimp marinade though, we decided to go classic Mediterranean-style. What does that mean? Lots of fresh herbs, garlic, and lemon. Both lemon juice and lemon zest come together to bring just the right zing!

Here’s how to make a grilled shrimp marinade:

  1. Prep the vegetables: Mince the garlic (click the link for a tutorial). Chop the fresh herbs. You can use any fresh herbs you like: we used basil, dill, and chives.
  2. Mix together the marinade: Whisk together the garlic and herbs with lemon juice, lemon zest, extra-virgin olive oil, soy sauce, and salt.
  3. Add the marinade to the shrimp. Make sure to use shelled shrimp, because the marinade is much stronger without having to permeate the shell. Allow the shrimp to sit refrigerated for 30 to 45 minutes.
  4. Grill! Cook on a preheated grill 1 to 2 minutes per side (see the detailed instructions in this Garlic Grilled Shrimp recipe).

What to serve with grilled shrimp?

Using this grilled shrimp marinade on shrimp makes them zesty and flavorful, with a classic garlic shrimp flavor. Because the marinade is Mediterranean-style, we’d recommend serving it with sides that go with that vibe, for example:

Other sauces & marinades for shrimp

As I noted above, this grilled shrimp marinade is only one of the myriad of ways you could serve grilled shrimp! Here are a few other ideas that would make a fantastic marinade:

How to buy sustainable shrimp

Finally, a little note on how to buy sustainable shrimp. Alex and I try to buy sustainable seafood where possible. In researching how to buy sustainable seafood, we learned to look for wild-caught fish if possible. Also, frozen is okay too! A myth about fish is that “fresh is best.” As soon as an animal dies it begins to decompose; freezing suspends this process. If a fish is frozen when it was caught and stays frozen until it gets to your kitchen, it will be higher quality than a raw fish that has taken a week to get to your plate.

This marinade recipe is…

Gluten-free, dairy-free and pescatarian.

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Grilled shrimp marinade

Grilled Shrimp Marinade


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Enough for 1 pound shrimp 1x

Description

This grilled shrimp marinade is seriously easy to make and perfect for entertaining or easy dinners; it’s a zesty mix of lemon, garlic, and fresh herbs.


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs, such as dill, basil and chives
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch red pepper flakes, optional

Instructions

  1. Mince the garlic. Finely chop the herbs.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients: lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, soy sauce, salt, red pepper flakes, garlic, and herbs.
  3. Add 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp to the bowl with the marinade. Let sit in the fridge for 30 to 45 minutes. Then grill 1 to 2 minutes per side on a preheated grill (see the instructions in this Garlic Grilled Shrimp recipe).

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean style

Keywords: Grilled shrimp marinade, marinade, grill, shrimp, easy, fast, healthy, lemon, garlic, herbs

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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