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Lemon Garlic Herb Grilled Shrimp Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Marinating Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Thanks to the fresh, flavorful lemon garlic and herb marinade, you'll be enjoying this Grilled Shrimp recipe all summer long! It's a healthy, quick-prep, easy dinner that the whole family will love!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Shrimp Recipe, grilled shrimp recipe, Shrimp Skewers
Servings: 4 - 6 people
Calories: 334.6 kcal
Author: Blair
  • 2 lbs. peeled, deveined raw Jumbo shrimp (16-20 count per pound)
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup minced fresh chives
  • ¼ cup minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  1. To make the marinade, whisk together all ingredients except shrimp.

  2. Marinate shrimp at room temperature in half of the dressing for 20-30 minutes, or in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours. Reserve the remaining marinade to use for basting later.

  3. Thread shrimp onto kabob skewers (if using wooden skewers, make sure that you soak the skewers in water for about 30 minutes before adding the shrimp).
  4. Grill the shrimp over high heat for a total of about 3-5 minutes, flipping halfway through. Use the remaining dressing to baste the shrimp while they cook.
  5. Garnish with additional herbs just before serving, if desired.
Recipe Notes
  • Nutrition information listed below is just an estimate, assuming 1/4 of the shrimp and 1/4 of the marinade is actually consumed.
  • 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.
  • I recommend marinating the shrimp for at least 15-20 minutes, but not more than 2 hours. The acid (lemon juice) in this marinade will cause the shrimp to become rubbery 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.
  • I've used basil and chives in this recipe, but you can substitute with any of your favorite herbs. Try parsley, thyme, rosemary, oregano or cilantro for a twist!
  • Don't have fresh herbs? You can substitute with about 1 tablespoon of dried chives and 1 tablespoon of dried basil.
  • If you can't find fresh chives, sliced green onions (scallions) are a great substitute.
  • If you have extra reserved marinade (that hasn't touched the raw shrimp), save it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. It makes a great vinaigrette salad dressing!
  • 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)!
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Garlic Herb Grilled Shrimp Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /4 of the shrimp and 1/4 of the marinade)
Calories 334.6 Calories from Fat 98
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.9g17%
Saturated Fat 1.7g11%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.6g
Cholesterol 344.5mg115%
Sodium 626.7mg27%
Potassium 438.1mg13%
Carbohydrates 11.6g4%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 8.8g10%
Protein 46.1g92%
Vitamin A 410IU8%
Vitamin C 11.1mg13%
Calcium 119mg12%
Iron 5.5mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.