Marinated Shrimp on the Grill

Marinated Shrimp on the Grill
A nice marinated grilled shrimp recipe to try !
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon salt, as preferred
  • 2 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp
In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients except the shrimp. After mixing well, pour into a ziploc recloseable bag. Add the shrimp. Seal the plastic bag securely. Shake well to cover all of the shrimp with the marinade.

Marinate in the refrigerate for at least one hour, overnight is better. If marinating for more than one hour, turn the plastic bag over a few times.

Grill the marinated shrimp over medium heat on either an indoor or outdoor oiled grill for about 2 minutes per side. Shrimp will be done when they appear opaque. The marinated grilled shrimp is ready to serve...enjoy the party !

Marinades for Grilled Shrimp

Marinades for Grilled Shrimp:

  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. dry white wine
  • 1 tbsp. minced dry onion
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil (1 tsp. if fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
Place 1 pound raw shelled shrimp in re-closable plastic bag or container with tight lid, add marinade. Close, refrigerate 2-4 hours. Drain marinade. Thread shrimp onto pre-soaked skewers. Grill over hot coals 6-10 minutes. Brush often with reserved marinade.
  • 1 c. dry white wine
  • 1 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped basil
  • 1 tbsp. coarse black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cajun spice (optional)
  • 1 lb lg. raw shrimp, peeled, deveined (leave on tails)
  • Thin lemon slices
Mix marinade in shallow bowl, add shrimp, cover, refrigerate for at least 3 hours, turning occasionally. Set grill on high heat. Skewer shrimp and lemon slices on bamboo skewers, alternating each. Grill until shrimp just become opaque. Baste occasionally with leftover marinade. Grill approx.3 minutes per side.

1. Purchase Raw fresh or Frozen Shrimp. For grilling purposes, I recommend Large or Extra-Large Shrimp. It is best not to buy pre-cooked shrimp because you are going to be cooking it again on the grill. Raw shrimp takes only minutes to cook. For the best results, and too avoid chewy shrimp, always start with Raw Shrimp.

2. Clean and Devein Shrimp - this is assuming you bought shrimp in the shell. (If you bought shelled-deveined shrimp, skip this step.) Under cold running water, remove outer shell and legs. Leave tail in tact. Make a small slice along the center back of the shrimp and with the tip of your knife, gently remove the black vein. Rinse shrimp and set into clean bowl. Repeat until all shrimp are done.

3. Drain any excess water from bowl of cleaned shrimp. Pat dry with paper towels to soak up any excess water remaining on shrimp.

4. Cover and refrigerate shrimp until ready to marinade

5. Choose your favorite Marinated Grilled Shrimp Recipe

6. Prepare Shrimp Marinade ingredients according to recipe

7. Remove shrimp from fridge, uncover, pour marinade over shrimp and stir shrimp to coat completely. Recover tightly and return to fridge.

8. Marinade approx. 1 hour or follow recipe instructions for best results.

9. When marinade time is almost complete, pre-heat grill to a medium - high heat.

10. Skewer shrimp or place in grilling basket, grill according to recipes instructions and enjoy the Best Marinated Grilled Shrimp ever! Enjoy it ! Excellent !

Marinated Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

Marinated Grilled Shrimp Cocktail
  • 1 pound large shrimp (size 16 to 20 or larger), shells on
  • 1/2 cup citrus olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes, or metal skewers
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Citrus Aioli, optional, recipe follows
Cut along the back about 1/4-inch deep through the shell of each shrimp to remove the vein. Put shrimp in a shallow, non-aluminum baking dish.

In a small bowl, whisk together citrus oil, onion, garlic, cilantro, and lemon juice. Pour over prawns, cover, and let marinate, refrigerated, 1 to 4 hours.

Preheat grill or broiler.

When ready to cook, thread shrimps on skewers and discard marinade. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and grill or broil, turning once, until just done, 2 to 3 minutes.

Shrimp can be served warm or at room temperature. They are delicious on their own or with Citrus Aioli. The marinated grilled shrimp is ready.....

Cook's Note: Leaving the shells on the prawns protects them from drying out during cooking. This method works so well that I use it often when preparing shrimp or prawns for salads, pasta, pizza, and sandwiches. Simply reduce the cooking time if they will later be cooked more, for instance as part of a sauce or pizza topping. Peel shrimp after they come off the grill.

Quick Citrus Aioli:
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 cup prepared mayonnaise
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Using a mortar and pestle, or on a cutting board, finely mash the garlic cloves with a pinch of salt.

In a bowl, mix the garlic paste with remaining ingredients and serve. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.



  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • skewers

In a large bowl, stir together the garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, and red wine vinegar. Season with basil, salt, and cayenne pepper. Add shrimp to the bowl, and stir until evenly coated. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring once or twice.
Preheat grill for medium heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade.
Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp on preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque. The marinated grilled shrimp is ready to serve...nice !