This grilled shrimp marinade is easy to make and perfect for a healthy dinner! It’s Mediterranean style with lemon, garlic, and fresh herbs.

Grilled shrimp marinade

The moment the season turns warmer, we firing up the grill! And what’s an easier grilled meal than shrimp? Grilling shrimp is one of our very favorite ways to eat this tasty shellfish. If we have time, we love making marinaded shrimp so it soaks in all that flavorful goodness! Here’s a zesty Mediterranean grilled shrimp marinade: it’s got garlic, fresh herbs, lemon and olive oil. It’s healthy and tastes absolutely fabulous: the first bite blew us away!

How to make a grilled shrimp marinade (basic steps)

There are thousands of ways to make a grilled shrimp marinade! Shrimp goes with so many different cuisines, so you could go with teriyaki, BBQ sauce, or chipotle sauce. For this shrimp marinade, Alex and I decided to go Mediterranean-style and bring in fresh herbs from our garden, garlic, and lemon. You’ll use both lemon juice and lemon zest for just the right zing! Here are the basic steps for how to make it (or jump to the recipe):

  1. Chop: 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. Zest the lemon.
  2. Whisk: Whisk together the garlic and herbs with lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, soy sauce, and salt.
  3. Mix: 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).
Garlic Grilled Shrimp

More marinades for grilled shrimp

The Mediterranean-style 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 great marinade:

Garlic grilled shrimp

What to serve with grilled shrimp?

Because the this marinade recipe is Mediterranean-style, we’d recommend serving it with sides that go with that vibe! Here are a few ideas:

How to buy sustainable shrimp

Looking to buy sustainable shrimp? Here are a few pointers for how to buy the best shrimp out there:

  • Look for wild-caught or US caught. Wild caught is usually a sustainable option if you can find it. If you live in the US, look for US caught. Imported seafood runs the risk of being overfished, caught under unfair labor practices, or farmed in environmentally harmful ways.
  • Look for hook and line as one example of a sustainable type of fishing gear. Bottom trawling is considered the most destructive and least sustainable method.

This grilled shrimp marinade recipe is…

Gluten-free, dairy-free and pescatarian.

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Grilled Shrimp Marinade

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


This grilled shrimp marinade is easy to make and perfect for a healthy dinner! It’s Mediterranean style featuring lemon, garlic, and fresh herbs. 


  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs, such as dill, basil and chives
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus zest of ½ lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled with tail on and deveined (we used 2630 per pound size)


  1. Mince the garlic. Finely chop the herbs. Zest the lemon and juice it.
  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 the shrimp to the bowl with the marinade. Let sit in the fridge for 30 to 45 minutes.
  4. Add the shrimp to the bowl with the marinade. Let sit in the fridge for 30 to 45 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat a grill to medium-high direct heat (375 to 400 degrees).
  6. Grill the shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes per side, until bright pink and cooked through.
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean style

Keywords: Grilled shrimp marinade

More shrimp recipes

Love shrimp? Us too. Here are some of our other very favorite shrimp recipes:

  • Quick Shrimp Tacos A fast dinner recipe for weeknights or entertaining. They taste stunning drizzled in a creamy cilantro sauce! Or try Grilled Shrimp Tacos.
  • Garlic Butter Shrimp This garlic butter shrimp has HUGE flavor in under 10 minutes! A fast and easy dinner for weeknights or entertaining, it will become your go-to.
  • Cilantro Lime Shrimp Dinner in 10 minutes! Zesty and fresh, serve with rice, in tacos, or on a salad.
  • Coconut Shrimp Curry Tastes better than a restaurant in under 30 minutes! It’s a Thai red curry flavored with coconut milk and curry paste.
  • Easy Broiled Shrimp The very best flavor, seasoned with garlic and herbs. Add a crispy breading for an irresistible crunch!

Last updated: April 2020

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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