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grilled shrimp on skewers.

How to Grill Shrimp

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 9 minutes
  • Yield: 1 lb grilled shrimp 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


How to Grill Shrimp – an easy, step-by-step tutorial that teaches you how to make the best grilled shrimp recipe!



Grilled Shrimp

  • 1 lb jumbo shrimp, deveined and shelled (ensure thawed if previously frozen)
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Grilled Shrimp Marinade

  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves


  1. Ensure grill grates are clean and preheat grill to medium-high heat (Approx. 400-450 degrees F). 
  2. Salt and Pepper Option: Pat shrimp dry with a clean paper towel and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper.
  3. Marinade Option: Combine marinade ingredients and whisk together. Place shrimp in a medium bowl or silicone storage bag and pour marinade over top. Let marinate for 20-30 minutes. 
  4. Taking a metal skewer, pierce the shrimp through the tail and then again through the thickest part and slide all the way to the bottom. Continue until all the shrimp are used. 
  5. Place over direct heat and close lid. Let cook 2 minutes.
  6. Flip and close lid again. Let cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Shrimp is done cooking when the meat is no longer translucent. 
  7. Remove from grill and let rest 5 minutes. 
  8. Serve and enjoy! 


  • Leaving tails on: it is totally up to you if you want to leave the tail ends on or not – the recipe will work the same either way.
  • Skewers: you can use metal or wooden skewers, but if you are using wooden skewers be sure to soak them for 30 minutes before using to reduce charring.
  • Marinade: the marinade it totally optional – kosher salt and ground black pepper work well too!
  • Fresh or Frozen Shrimp: flavor will be best when you can buy fresh shrimp the day you plan on cooking them, but frozen will definitely work just fine!
  • Prep Time: I didn’t include the marinating time in the Prep Time listed as it is an optional step. 
  • How to Serve: we love serving them in these yummy Shrimp Rice Bowls!

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