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A simple Grilled Shrimp recipe is the perfect easy and healthy dinner for warm weather months! With just 10 minutes of prep and 5 minutes on the grill, this fresh grilled shrimp marinade comes together quickly and makes family meals delicious and nutritious. Serve the grilled shrimp skewers with a side of rice, a crusty loaf of bread, or a Caesar salad for a light, satisfying dinner.

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Grilled Shrimp Marinade

This is our family’s very favorite grilled shrimp recipe — even the kids love it! With just a short soak, the marinade infuses the shrimp with the fresh flavors of lime, garlic, herbs and a touch of sweet honey. Since the shrimp is already so tender, it only needs about 20 minutes in the marinade, making this an ideal supper for busy evenings. Just don’t leave the shrimp in the marinade for too long, or you’ll end up with mushy seafood.

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Ingredients

This is a quick overview of the ingredients that you’ll need to make the easy grilled shrimp. As always, specific measurements and complete cooking instructions are included in the printable recipe box at the bottom of the post.

  • Shrimp: peeled and deveined. I like jumbo or extra-large shrimp, but any size will work. I typically use frozen shrimp that I thaw in the refrigerator overnight before marinating.
  • Lime juice: a fresh burst of acidic tang that helps tenderize the shrimp and add tons of flavor to the marinade.
  • Garlic: for even more flavor.
  • Olive oil: the base of the marinade.
  • Fresh parsley: for a bright, colorful touch.
  • Worcestershire sauce: adds a bit of savory, umami flavor to the marinade.
  • Honey: for a touch of sweetness, which also helps to achieve a nice char on the shrimp.
  • Salt and Pepper: to enhance the other flavors in the dish.

How to Make the Grilled Shrimp Marinade

Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a jar with a lid. Seal, and then shake, shake, shake to combine everything. So simple!

Mason jar full of grilled shrimp marinade

How to Grill Shrimp

This recipe comes together quickly and easily, so keep a close eye on the shrimp to make sure that they don’t overcook.

  1. Place the shrimp in a large Ziploc bag or bowl.
  2. Pour the marinade over the shrimp. Seal or cover, place in the refrigerator, and marinate for at least 20 minutes (but not more than 2-3 hours).
  3. Remove shrimp from the bag or bowl and discard the marinade.
  4. Thread the shrimp onto skewers.
  5. Grill the shrimp over high heat for a total of 4-6 minutes, flipping halfway through. You’ll know the shrimp are done when they turn pink.
  6. Remove the shrimp from the skewers and place on a serving platter or bowl. Garnish with fresh parsley and lime wedges, and enjoy!
Grilled shrimp marinade in a ziploc bag with shrimp
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What to Serve with Grilled Shrimp

This recipe pairs nicely with your favorite starch and vegetables. Here are a few easy side dishes that will go well with the shrimp:

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Storage

Leftover cooked shrimp will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. To extend the life of the shrimp, you can wrap it tightly and keep it in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Is it better to grill shrimp with the shell on or off?

I always grill the shrimp with the shell off. This allows the marinade to directly flavor the shrimp, and it makes it easier to eat the shrimp once they’re cooked — no peeling at the table.

Can you grill cooked shrimp?

I don’t recommend grilling pre-cooked shrimp. This will likely overcook the shrimp, resulting in a rubbery or tough finished product.

Can you grill frozen shrimp?

I almost always use frozen shrimp for this recipe, but I always thaw the shrimp before marinating. Thaw the shrimp in the refrigerator overnight, or for a quick-thaw method, place the frozen shrimp in a colander and run under cold water until thawed (this will only take a few minutes)!

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Recipe Variations

  • Cooking for just 1 or 2 people? Cut all of the ingredients in half and grill just one pound of shrimp. The rest of the cooking instructions remain the same.
  • Swap out the lime juice and use freshly-squeezed lemon juice instead.
  • Add your favorite fresh herbs to the marinade. I’ve kept it simple with the fresh parsley, but other good options include rosemary, basil, thyme, oregano or chives.

Tips for the Best Grilled Shrimp Recipe

  • I recommend marinating the shrimp for at least 15-20 minutes, but not more than 2-3 hours. The acid (lime juice) in this marinade will cause the shrimp to become rubbery or mushy if they’re left in the marinade for too long.
  • If using wooden kabob skewers, it’s important to soak the skewers in water for a couple of hours before threading the shrimp. This will prevent the wood from burning on the grill.
  • Shrimp cook very quickly, so keep a close eye on them and remove them from the grill as soon as they’re done. You know that they’re ready when they turn pink and opaque. Overdone shrimp will get tough, so they will likely only require about 3-5 minutes total over high heat.
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More Shrimp Recipes to Try

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Marinated Grilled Shrimp

4.80 from 20 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Marinating Time 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings 4 – 6 servings
Calories 335.3 kcal
A simple Marinated Grilled Shrimp recipe is the perfect easy and healthy dinner for warm weather months! 

Ingredients
  

FOR THE MARINADE:

FOR SERVING:

  • 2 lbs. raw, peeled, and deveined shrimp (I use extra large or jumbo shrimp)
  • Optional garnish: fresh lime wedges and additional chopped parsley

Instructions

  • In a jar with a lid, combine all of the marinade ingredients. Shake until completely combined.
  • Place shrimp in a large zip-top bag or bowl. Pour the marinade in the bag with the shrimp. Seal the top of the bag and place shrimp in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 15-20 minutes (but not more than 2 or 3 hours).
  • Remove shrimp from the bag and discard the marinade. Thread shrimp onto skewers and grill over high heat for 4-6 minutes, flipping halfway through. If you prefer, you can also broil the shrimp on a sheet pan in the oven for about 7-8 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Garnish with fresh lime wedges and additional chopped parsley.

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Notes

  • I recommend marinating the shrimp for at least 15-20 minutes, but not more than 2-3 hours. The acid (lime juice) in this marinade will cause the shrimp to become rubbery or mushy if they’re left in the marinade for too long.
  • If using wooden kabob skewers, it’s important to soak the skewers in water for a couple of hours before threading the shrimp. This will prevent the wood from burning on the grill.
  • Shrimp cook very quickly, so keep a close eye on them and remove them from the grill as soon as they’re done. You know that they’re ready when they turn pink and opaque. Overdone shrimp will get tough, so they will likely only require about 3-5 minutes total over high heat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of shrimp plus 2 tablespoons marinadeCalories: 335.3kcalCarbohydrates: 5.3gProtein: 46.1gFat: 13.2gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 344.5mgSodium: 455.1mgSugar: 3.1g
Keyword: grilled shrimp, grilled shrimp marinade, grilled shrimp skewers, Marinated Shrimp, Shrimp Skewers
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan

This post was originally published in June, 2017. The photos were updated in April, 2021.

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  1. 1 star
    Tried it, wasn’t a fan. Marinade gave the shrimp a more accentuated fishy taste, i’m guessing because of the lime juice.

  2. 5 stars
    Out of this world delicious! One of the best marinades I’ve ever tried. Just the right bit of everything!

  3. 5 stars
    OMG is this fantastic! I am a 5th generation Floridian and I know good seafood when I taste it. Fabulous, love the sweetness of the honey and the savory of the worcestershire sauce with the zing of limes. Total keeper.

  4. You ought to take part in a contest for one of the best blogs on the internet. I most certainly will highly recommend this web site!

  5. 5 stars
    My family has been in Key West and Miami since the early 1800’s. I consider myself a seafood connoisseur. This is one of the best shrimp recipes I’ve ever ever ever had. Everytime I make it. it fills the neighborhood with delicious mouth watering fragrance. As a personal preference, I use key lime juice instead of everyday limes. Other than that, I think it’s perfect. I sure wish my mom were still here to enjoy it.
    Thank you for your blog and all your recipes.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Cassandra. That’s a huge compliment! I actually used key lime juice the last time we made this too, because I had some leftover from a pie recipe. Such a treat!

  6. Absolutely loved the marinade. The shrimp had a great flavor. I’m thinking that this marinade would make a great seasoning for other food. Like salmon for starters

  7. 5 stars
    Wow, this marinade is fantastic! I was too lazy to put the shrimp on skewers so I was going to follow the option to broil the shrimp in the oven, but I really wanted the smoky/grilled flavor. So I used a large vegetable grilling basket and put them on my grill (med-high heat) for 8 minutes, stirring them halfway through. They were phenomenal! I am definitely adding this to my permanent repertoire of dishes!!

  8. 5 stars
    I love my shrimp marinated. It gives it a different texture that just feels right. And then I add the lime after it’s cooked. Tastes so good.