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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*)
  • 1/4 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
  • 1/2 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

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