Grilled Shrimp

Juicy, succulent, and a ton of flavor, grilled shrimp is the perfect seafood grilling option - here are two different flavors in one recipe!

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Juicy, succulent, and able to hold onto a ton of flavor, grilled shrimp is the perfect seafood grilling option. This recipe uses a really simple technique to get perfectly cooked shrimps every time, with a few different flavoring options as well.

For more tasty shrimp recipes, try my shrimp cocktail with homemade cocktail sauce, or Shrimp Dip, all are great summertime (or anytime!) recipes!

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Grilled Shrimp

Grilling shrimp can definitely be a bit intimidating sometimes, but if you get it right, it is absolutely worth it.

Tender and juicy, while still being almost as meaty as chicken, shrimp has its own unique flavor profile that becomes absolutely insane once you grill it! That little bit of charring really adds to the flavor.

grilled shrimp ingredients

Grilled Shrimp Ingredients

Check out the recipe ingredients down below so that you can have everything on hand when you go to make this.

• Large shrimp, peeled and de-veined

• Lemon wedges

• Fresh parsley

Garlic Shrimp

• Minced Garlic

• Seal salt

• Olive oil

• Lemon juice

Old Bay Shrimp

• Olive oil

• Old Bay seasoning

two kinds of grilled shrimp on a white platter

How To Make Grilled Shrimp

• In a small bowl, stir together the garlic, salt, olive oil, and lemon juice to form a paste

• Toss the clean shrimp in the paste until evenly coated, and then let sit and marinate for 15 minutes

• Oil a grill grate that is heated to medium heat

• Cook the shrimp for 2 minutes per side until opaque and cooked through

• Garnish with the lemon and parsley

close up of garlic grilled shrimp

How To Make Sure Your Shrimp Is Cooked Through

A really tricky part of cooking shrimp at home is getting it cooked perfectly. If you overcook it, you end up with that infamous rubbery texture, whereas undercooking it gives you some potentially dangerous seafood poisoning.

It’s not like you can really use a thermometer either, as the pieces of shrimp are too small to really be detectable by a thermometer!

However, a really good way to know if your shrimp is cooked through is to just keep an eye on it. Once the flesh starts to turn opaque and more “solid,” you are done!

If you feel it with your fingers (being careful not to burn yourself), you will probably notice that it is still quite squishy and juicy. Don’t worry though, after a minute of resting off of the grill, the carry-over heat will take the shrimp the rest of the way and give you perfectly cooked seafood once you are ready to eat it!

close up of Old Bay grilled shrimp

How To De-Vein Shrimp On Your Own

You can easily buy whole bags of shrimp that have already been de-veined at the supermarket but that isn’t always an option.

Sometimes, you find yourself with a bag of raw shrimp and no one to clean it for you. So, how do you do it yourself?

De-veining shrimp is actually really easy once you have a bit of practice at it. Try and take a few pieces of shrimp as practice pieces, ones that you don’t mind mangling a bit so that you get the hang of it.

  1. The trick is to sort of unfold the shrimp so that it is almost flat and locate the vein. It should be a thin black line running along the underside of the shrimp’s body.
  2. To remove it easily, run a knife just underneath it, using the flat of the blade to sort of lift it up off of the body. From there, you can keep pulling at it until it starts to fall off of the shrimp in one piece.
  3. If you do rupture it, don’t worry; just make sure to give it a really thorough wash to get all of the potential gunk off of it afterward.

Looking for more delicious Seafood recipes? Try these out:

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Classic Shrimp Cocktail Recipe

Buttery Old Bay Steamed Shrimp Recipe

Enjoy! I am so looking forward to BBQ season and grilling everything all summer long!



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Juicy, succulent, and a ton of flavor, grilled shrimp is the perfect seafood grilling option - here are two different flavors in one recipe!

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Juicy, succulent, and a ton of flavor, grilled shrimp is the perfect seafood grilling option – here are two different flavors in one recipe!
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Main Course
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 pounds large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 8 lemon wedges for garnish
  • fresh minced parsley for garnish

Garlic Shrimp

  • 3 tablespoons finely minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Old Bay Shrimp

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning


  • Preheat your grill on medium heat.
  • In a small bowl, stir the garlic, salt, olive oil and lemon juice to form a paste. If making the Old Bay shrimp, combine the Old Bay and the olive oil.
  • Place the cleaned shrimp into a large bowl, add the seasoning mixture of choice, then toss the shrimp until evenly coated. Let the shrimp marinate for 15-20 minutes. Thread the shrimp onto wooden or metal skewers.
  • Lightly oil the grill grate. Place the skewers onto the heated grill. Cook the shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque and cooked. Try not to overcook them!
  • Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with lemon wedges and sprinkle with the fresh parsley, and serve.

Recipe Notes

This is calculated as four servings of shrimp as a main meal, you can also make these as a side dish etc for more people. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 359kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 47g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 572mg, Sodium: 2345mg, Potassium: 215mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 27IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 350mg, Iron: 5mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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