How to Grill Shrimp

Want a lightning fast method for shrimp? Here’s how to grill shrimp, a simple method that takes under 5 minutes to cook using olive oil and lemon.

How to grill shrimp

There’s not much that doesn’t taste better grilled, right? So once the weather is right, grilling shrimp is where it’s at for Alex and me! It’s also one of the absolute fastest things you can cook on the grill: it takes just 1 to 2 minutes per side for these babies. We have a seriously good Garlic Grilled Shrimp recipe option for when you think ahead and have 30 minutes to marinade your shrimp. But if you want a lightening fast recipe: then follow our quickest instructions for how to grill shrimp!

How to grill shrimp

The grill is one one of the quickest, simplest ways to cook shrimp. It’s so simple that it’s not even really a recipe, but a concept. Here’s how to cook shrimp on the grill:

  1. Preheat a grill to medium high heat.
  2. Defrost the shrimp (if frozen). If you’d like, you can peel before grilling: either way works.
  3. Place the shrimp in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  4. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes per side, until bright pink and cooked through.
  5. Remove from the grill and spritz with fresh lemon juice.

Read more: Try brushing grilled shrimp with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce!

How to grill shrimp

Should I cook shrimp on skewers?

Yes: but it’s totally optional! If you’d like, you can thread your shrimp onto skewers before you grill it. Here’s our Grilled Shrimp Skewers recipe for more info.

Should I peel shrimp before grilling?

You can grill shrimp both with the shell on or ones that have been peeled. Some sources will swear by shrimp in the shell, because it leaves it incredibly moist. But peeled shrimp are just as good: just make sure not to cook it too long. Cooking even a minute too long can make shrimp tough and dry.

How long to grill shrimp

As noted above, the cook time for grilling shrimp is seriously quick: just 1 to 2 minutes per side. Timing will depend on your grill, whether you’re cooking in the shell, and how big the shrimp are. For this recipe, we used shrimp that were 26 to 30 per pound size. We’ve tested it both with shrimp in the shell and out of the shell, and both turned out wonderfully.

What to eat with grilled shrimp

How to thaw frozen shrimp

How to thaw frozen shrimp? There are a few different options: if you think ahead, simply place the frozen shrimp in the refrigerator overnight.

If you’re using them the day of (which is what we normally do!), place the frozen shrimp into a bowl with cold water. Let a small trickle of cold water run into the bowl to keep the water moving. The shrimp should be defrosted in about 15 minutes.

How to serve grilled shrimp

One idea for serving this shrimp is over a bed of whole grains, like pesto quinoa, farro, turmeric rice, or even creamy polenta. The pesto quinoa can be made with our homemade basil pesto recipe or purchased pesto.

Another fantastic accessory is a veggie-filled salad: we’d recommend our chopped salad, strawberry salad, watermelon salad, cucumber salad, or this elegant wedge salad. And of course potatoes are always fantastic: these baked potato wedges or roasted rosemary potatoes would be the perfect match.

Looking for more healthy seafood recipes?

Here are a few more healthy seafood recipes:

This grilled shrimp recipe is…

Gluten-free, dairy-free and pescatarian.

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What to eat with grilled shrimp

How to Grill Shrimp


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

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Want a lightning fast method for shrimp? Here’s how to grill shrimp, a simple method that takes under 5 minutes to cook using olive oil and lemon.


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Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined (we used 2630 per pound size)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • Optional: chopped fresh herbs, for serving (like basil, chives and dill)

Instructions

  1. Defrost the shrimp and if you’d like, peel it.
  2. Preheat a grill to medium high heat.
  3. Place the shrimp in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil to coat. Sprinkle with several healthy pinches of kosher salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Mix with your hands to combine.
  4. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes per side until bright pink and cooked through.
  5. Remove from the grill and squeeze on fresh lemon juice from several wedges of the lemon, to taste. If desired, you can garnish with chopped herbs (we used fresh basil, dill and chives from our garden).

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: How to grill shrimp, How long to grill shrimp, How to cook shrimp on the grill

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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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