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Grilled Shrimp Skewers are one of my favorite things to cook. They’re easy to make, full of flavor, and they cook up super fast.

grilled shrimp skewers on a tan plate

Are you ready for a super tasty and fun recipe? Today, I’m going to tell you all about how to make Grilled Shrimp Skewers!

These shrimp skewers are not just yummy; they’re also perfect for your next backyard BBQ party or even as a quick and healthy dinner option.

Imagine juicy shrimp with a hint of lemon and herbs, grilled to perfection. Sounds amazing, right? When you get a good look at this ingredient list, you’ll know just how great it is.

The zucchini, onion, and shrimp get slathered in a combo of olive oil, lemon zest, and spices that make this the perfect party food. And with a quick cook time, you won’t have to wait long.

Plus, they’re a big hit with both kids and adults. Whether you’re hosting a cookout or just looking for a delicious and healthy meal, these skewers are sure to impress.

On your next backyard cookout, whether you cook these in the house or out on the grates of the grill, these will be a huge hit.

Let’s dive into this great recipe and get those skewers ready for grilling. Trust me, once you try them, these Grilled Shrimp Skewers will become your go-to recipe for every cookout!

Some of our other favorite shrimp recipes we have on our site include: Blackened Shrimp, Crispy Fried Panko Shrimp Recipe, and Spicy Shrimp Tacos.

overhead image grilled shrimp skewers

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Quick and Easy: Shrimp kebabs cook fast, making this a great option for a quick meal.
  2. Full of Flavor: The marinade adds a juicy and succulent taste to the shrimp.
  3. Healthy Choice: Succulent shrimp are a great source of protein and low in calories.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Large raw shrimp
  • Zucchini
  • Red onion
  • Smoked paprika
  • Dried oregano
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon zest
  • Chili flakes
  • Coriander
  • Greek yogurt
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lemon juice
  • Dijon mustard
  • Dill
ingredients needed to make grilled shrimp skewers

HOW TO MAKE GRILLED SHRIMP SKEWERS:

  1. To make the sauce, combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, dill, lemon juice, dijon, garlic powder, onion powder, and lemon zest, and stir to combine. Place in the fridge until ready to serve.
  2. Combine the olive oil, lemon zest, paprika, coriander, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and chili flakes in a small bowl.
  3. Place the raw, peeled, deveined shrimp in a large bowl. Pour the marinade on top mix with the shrimp.
  4. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise. Cut each half into ½ inch slices.
  5. Cut the onion into medium sized pieces about 1 inch squares **If you plan on using wooden skewers over a grill, you will need to soak the wooden skewers for 15-30 minutes in water before assembling with shrimp so they won’t burn over the fire.
  6. To assemble the skewers, randomly add pieces of shrimp, zucchini, and onion until everything is used.
  7. After making all the skewers, prepare your grill over medium-high heat. Oil the grates so nothing sticks.
  8. Place the skewers on the grill. Grill each side till the zucchini has softened a bit and the shrimp turns pink. Flip and cook the other side. Each side will only take up to 5 minutes.
  9. Serve the skewers over rice with a side of the creamy dill dressing.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

They have a bit of spice from the chili flakes, but it’s not too hot. That is the key to increasing or decreasing the heat.

Just alter how many chili flakes you use! Personally, I like it nice and hot.

You can use wooden or metal skewers.

Just remember to soak wooden skewers in water before grilling. The last thing you want is to thread shrimp on those things and then have them burn to a crisp!

grilled shrimp skewers served over rice

Large shrimp or jumbo shrimp are perfect for skewers. They’re easier to handle and grill beautifully.

Plus, you want as much meaty goodness as possible, right?

Sure thing! This quick-cooking protein can handle a lot of different flavors. Here is a good list of options.

  • Bell peppers for a pop of color and sweetness.
  • Pineapple chunks for a tropical twist.
  • Cherry tomatoes for juiciness.
  • Slices of lemon or lime for added citrus flavor.
  • Slices of sausage for a surf-and-turf style skewer.
  • Cubes of feta or halloumi cheese.
  • Small mushrooms for earthiness.
  • Slices of bacon wrapped around the shrimp.
  • Red pepper flakes for extra heat.
  • Garlic butter as a dipping sauce.

Yep! Whether these are the party appetizer or the main dish, I’ve got you covered.

  • Chicken or fish in place of shrimp.
  • Soy sauce instead of salt for a different flavor profile.
  • Italian seasoning instead of the herb mix.
  • Lime juice instead of lemon juice.
  • Honey in the marinade for sweetness.
  • Gluten-free soy sauce for a gluten-free version.
holding up grilled shrimp skewers in air

HOW TO STORE:

Refrigerator: Store in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave or air fryer.

Freezer: Not recommended to freeze once cooked. It does bad things to the texture of the veggies!

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Make sure your shrimp are peeled and deveined before marinating.
  • Don’t overcook the shrimp; they’re ready when they turn pink and opaque.
  • Preheat the grill to ensure nice grill marks and even cooking.
  • Brush the grill grates with oil to prevent sticking.
  • If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling.
  • Serve with fresh lemon wedges for squeezing over the cooked shrimp.
a shrimp from grilled shrimp skewers dipped in dill sauce

Grilled Shrimp Skewers are a delicious, easy, and fun way to enjoy seafood. Whether you’re cooking for a special occasion or just a regular weeknight, these skewers will bring a smile to everyone’s face.

With a quick cooking time, they’re a perfect blend of flavorful, juicy shrimp and the smoky taste of the grill.

So fire up that grill and get ready to enjoy some amazing Shrimp Kabobs!

If you’ve tried these GRILLED SHRIMP SKEWERS, let me know how they turned out in the comments! You can follow me over on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK to find some more of our mouthwatering recipes! 

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Spicy Marinated Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Grilled Shrimp Skewers are one of my favorite things to cook. They’re easy to make, full of flavor, and they cook up super fast.
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

Lemon Dill Sauce:

Instructions

  • To make the sauce, combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, dill, lemon juice, dijon, garlic powder, onion powder, and lemon zest, and stir to combine. Place in the fridge until ready to serve.
    ¼ cup greek yogurt, ¼ cup mayonnaise, 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill, 1 Tablespoons lemon juice, 1 Tablespoons dijon mustard, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon onion powder, Zest from 1 lemon
  • Combine the olive oil, lemon zest, paprika, coriander, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and chili flakes in a small bowl.
    4 Tablespoons olive oil, Zest of 2 lemons, 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, 2 teaspoons ground coriander, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, ½ teaspoon cumin, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoons chili flakes
  • Place the raw, peeled, deveined shrimp in a large bowl. Pour the marinade on top mix with the shrimp.
    2 pounds large raw shrimp
  • Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise. Cut each half into ½ inch slices.
    2 large zucchini
  • Cut the onion into medium sized pieces about 1 inch squares **If you plan on using wooden skewers over a grill, you will need to soak the wooden skewers for 15-30 minutes in water before assembling with shrimp so they won’t burn over the fire.
    1 large red onion, Skewers – wooden or stainless steel
  • To assemble the skewers, randomly add pieces of shrimp, zucchini, and onion until everything is used.
  • After making all the skewers, prepare your grill over medium-high heat. Oil the grates so nothing sticks.
  • Place the skewers on the grill. Grill each side till the zucchini has softened a bit and the shrimp turns pink. Flip and cook the other side. Each side will only take up to 5 minutes.
  • Serve the skewers over rice with a side of the creamy dill dressing.

Notes

  • Make sure your shrimp are peeled and deveined before marinating.
  • Don’t overcook the shrimp; they’re ready when they turn pink and opaque.
  • Preheat the grill to ensure nice grill marks and even cooking.
  • Brush the grill grates with oil to prevent sticking.
  • If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling.
  • Serve with fresh lemon wedges for squeezing over the cooked shrimp.

Nutrition

Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 466IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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