This shrimp marinade recipe is easy to make and full of bold, savory flavor! It works with any cooking method: sautéed, grilled and more.

Shrimp Marinade

Looking for a way to add big flavor to shrimp? Try this go-to Shrimp Marinade recipe! The flavors are bold, savory, and penetrate the tender, juicy flesh in a way that a simple seasoning can’t. Throw together a few pantry ingredients, no chopping required. Even better, this marinade is versatile and works with any cooking method: grilled, sautéed, baked and more. Or, make these easy shrimp skewers in the broiler to cook them in just 5 minutes! We whipped the skewers up for our family and couldn’t stop sneaking bites.

Ingredients in this shrimp marinade recipe

This shrimp marinade recipe is designed to be simple, using pantry and fridge ingredients you might already have on hand. Even better, it requires no chopping at all! You’ll need to grate a clove of garlic, but other than that it’s simply dump and stir. Here are the ingredients for this flavorful recipe:

  • Shrimp: Thawed and tail on; we like using medium size here. Avoid using shell on shrimp, since the marinade can’t penetrate through the shell. 
  • Olive oil
  • Soy sauce or tamari
  • Rice vinegar
  • Honey
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper

Throw these ingredients together into a bowl, stir it up, and add the shrimp. Throw it in the refrigerator and it’s marinating time!

Shrimp Marinade

How long to marinate shrimp?

How long does it take for shrimp marinade to permeate the shellfish? Marinate raw shrimp for at least 1 hour, and no more than 2 hours. Some sources indicate you can marinate shrimp overnight, but we advise against it because the flesh of this fish is so delicate it could become tough. In a rush? You can get by with 30 minutes or marinating time, though the flavor is best with 1 hour.

Shrimp cooking methods: broiled, grilled and more more

The great thing about this shrimp marinade recipe? It’s so versatile and can be used with any method for cooking shrimp! Whether you plan to make grilled shrimp, baked, sautéed or broiled, this marinade works beautifully. Here are a few notes:

  • Broiled on skewers: It’s so simple and quick! Thread the shrimp on skewers, then broil about 2 minutes per side.
  • Grilled shrimp: Throw them on the grill if it’s the season: it adds just the right smoky undertone. Go to Grilled Shrimp or Grilled Shrimp Skewers.
  • Sautéed: Use the marinade for this Perfect Sauteed Shrimp.
  • Baked: Or, make simple Baked Shrimp.
Shrimp marinade recipe

Using the extra shrimp marinade

There’s a lot of extra shrimp marinade once you remove the shrimp from the bowl: and guess what? You can use that too! However, don’t use it straight up because the raw fish has been soaking in this liquid. Instead, place it in a small saucepan and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes to neutralize the contact with the raw fish (the temperature it should reach is 165 degrees Fahrenheit).

Once you’ve simmered the marinade, you can use it to brush onto the shrimp as a final flavoring. Keep in mind that the texture is liquid, not thick like a sauce. (You could add a cornstarch slurry to thicken it if you’d like.)

More shrimp recipes

And that’s it! We hope you love this shrimp marinade recipe as much as our family does. Here are a few more go-to shrimp recipes:

This shrimp marinade recipe is…

Gluten free and pescatarian.

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Shrimp Marinade

Best Shrimp Marinade

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


This shrimp marinade recipe is easy to make and full of bold, savory flavor! It works with any cooking method: sautéed, grilled and more.


  • 1 pound raw shrimp, tail on (thawed if frozen*)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. In a medium bowl, mix the olive oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, grated garlic, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Stir until the garlic is fully incorporated.
  2. Place shrimp in the bowl and toss to combine. Place it in the refrigerator and marinade for 1 hour**.
  3. Cook the shrimp: Thread the shrimp on wooden skewers in alternating directions. Broil for 2 minutes per side until opaque (you may need to cut a shrimp to assess whether it is cooked through). Or, use one of the following methods to cook the shrimp: Grilled Shrimp, Grilled Shrimp Skewers, Baked Shrimp, or Sauteed Shrimp.
  4. If desired, place the remaining marinade in a small saucepan, bring it to a simmer, and a simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. When the shrimp are cooked, brush or drizzle them with remaining marinade.


*Avoid using shell on shrimp: the marinade can’t penetrate through the shell. 

**If you’re in a rush, you can get by with 30 minutes of marinating. One hour yields the best flavor; if desired, the shrimp can marinade up to 2 hours before cooking.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Marinated
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Shrimp marinade, marinade for shrimp, shrimp marinade recipe

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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  1. we added some hot sesame oil to the marinade and it really sparked it up. Great recipe!