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If you enjoy seafood and the smoky flavor only a grill can provide, these easy-grilled shrimp will become your new go-to recipe. Full of tangy and savory flavors, it’s a great main course, side dish, or appetizer for any occasion!
It costs approximately $34.34 to make this grilled shrimp. The recipe makes six servings for about $5.72 per serving.
How we love shrimp! It’s an all-around favorite with our families because you can cook it about a thousand ways and use it about a thousand more!
It’s mild enough for the kids yet flavorful enough for the grown-ups. Whether you’re a fan of shrimp tacos, shrimp scampi, or this grilled shrimp recipe, you have a dish you can make repeatedly.
In particular, the grilled shrimp we’re talking about today is fast and tasty, as well as (of course) economical. All your loved ones will rush to the dinner table for shrimp with garlic butter. You might even run to the dinner table yourself after making it!
Grilled shrimp is highly versatile, as we said, and suitable as a side dish, appetizer, or even a big snack for those with hungry families! However, if you serve it as a main dish, it’s great to pair with a veggie side like oven-cooked asparagus or grains like quinoa.
What You’ll Love About Shrimp On The Grill
- Juicy and tender shrimp: The flavorful marinade adds flavor as it tenderizes the shrimp.
- Easy to make: The directions are simple to follow using common ingredients.
- Versatile: You can tailor this recipe to fit your needs. Serve it as an appetizer, in a salad, in tacos, over rice, in wraps, or on its own. The options are endless!
Ingredients & Estimated Cost:
- 2 pounds shrimp – $29.99
- ⅔ cup olive oil – $1.30
- ¼ cup lemon juice – $0.27
- 10 cloves garlic – $0.40
- ¼ cup + 2 teaspoons fresh parsley – $0.22
- 4 teaspoons dried basil – $0.40
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt –$0.02
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper – $0.05
- ½ cup unsalted butter – $1.12
- 1 lemon – $0.58
The recipe cost is calculated by the amounts needed for the recipe. To find out more about how we price our recipes, check out Budget Recipes Explained. The pricing for this recipe was updated in July 2023.
How To Grill Shrimp
***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.
- Clean and devein shrimp. Add them to a large resealable bag.
- Whisk the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl to make the marinade.
- Pour the marinade over the shrimp. Gently shake or massage the bag to distribute the marinade.
- Place the bag in the refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes. Turn the bag once while it marinates!
- Heat the grill to medium heat (about 350 degrees on a gas grill).
- Place the shrimp on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until the shrimp are pink.
- In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the garlic butter.
- Serve and enjoy!
Grilled Shrimp Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- Citrus Variation: Enhance the citrus flavor by adding the zest of the lemon to the marinade.
- Spicy Kick: Add some heat by incorporating red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper into the marinade. Adjust the amount according to your desired level of spiciness.
- Herb Infusion: Experiment with different herbs like thyme, oregano, or cilantro to add extra layers of flavor to the marinade.
- Sweet and Tangy: Create a sweet and tangy glaze by brushing the shrimp with a mixture of honey or maple syrup and a splash of balsamic vinegar during the grilling process.
- Mediterranean Twist: Replace the dried basil with dried oregano and add a teaspoon of smoked paprika to give the shrimp a Mediterranean flavor profile.
- Pesto Drizzle: Instead of the garlic butter, serve the grilled shrimp with a drizzle of homemade or store-bought pesto sauce.
- Coconut Grilled Shrimp: Substitute half of the olive oil with melted coconut oil in the marinade for a tropical touch.
- Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Vegetables: Thread the marinated shrimp onto skewers alternating with chunks of colorful vegetables like bell peppers, onions, or cherry tomatoes.
SERVE: After the shrimp are done grilling and your garlic butter’s all done, you can serve the shrimp immediately. As said above, they’re delicious warm, or at room temperature.
STORE: Any leftovers can stay fresh in the fridge for up to 4 days. Use an airtight container, as always.
FREEZE: You can freeze these shrimp after they’re cooked for about three months. Again, use a proper container!
REHEAT: Let the shrimp thaw in the fridge if they’re frozen. After that, heat them in the microwave.
Marinated Grilled Shrimp Recipe FAQs
Rubbery shrimp usually means it’s overcooked, sadly. Tough or dry shrimp can mean the same thing. We highly recommend taking the shrimp off the grill as soon as they look pink!
This is so they don’t catch fire while on the grill. Don’t skip this step. Trust us!
Absolutely. Sometimes we even leave them overnight if we have the time. The flavors soak in, and it’s wonderful!
Get Kids Involved
Ages 2-3: Let your littlest cooks shake the marinade bag and help you throw away any extra.
Ages 4-5: At this age, it’s fun to have the kids set timers and help you gather/put away supplies. Let them help you put the finished shrimp on a serving platter.
Ages 6-8: Kids in this group can help you mix the marinade and garlic butter. You can also supervise the older kids adding shrimp to the skewers.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the recipe and show them how to use the grill. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe. (However, the younger kids in this group might need some help deveining the shrimp unless they’re very coordinated!)
We like to buy lemons when on sale and freeze the juice in smaller portions to use as needed in recipes like this grilled shrimp throughout the year, not just when fresh lemons are in season.
More Grilled Recipes
- Grilled Peaches
- Grilled Pork Chops
- Grilled Hamburgers
- Grilled Potatoes in Foil
- Grilled BBQ Chicken Breasts
- Grilled Pineapple
- Grilled Bacon
- gas grill
- Measuring cups and spoons
- cutting board
- chef's knife
- mixing bowl
FOR THE SHRIMP:
- 2 pounds jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
- ⅔ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 8 cloves garlic finely minced
- ¼ cup fresh parsley finely chopped
- 4 teaspoons dried basil or 2 Tablespoons fresh finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup unsalted butter melted
- 2 cloves garlic finely minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh parsley finely chopped
- 1 lemon cut into 6 wedges
- Clean and devein shrimp, and add to a large resealable bag.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, basil, salt, and pepper for the marinade.
- Pour marinade over shrimp, gently shake or massage to distribute marinade.
- Place in refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes, turning bag once.
- Heat the grill to medium heat, about 350 degrees, on a gas grill.
- Place shrimp on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until shrimp are pink.
- In a small bowl, combine ingredients for garlic butter.
- Serve the shrimp with garlic butter.