As one of the most consumed shellfishes around the world, shrimp is a nutrient-packed food that gives a unique taste that everyone loves.
It is low in calories and has a lot of nutrients to offer. So if you are looking for something that will add a unique flavor to your grilling Saturdays, these recipes are a great addition.
Grilling usually involves meat and some vegetables. You can now spice it up by adding seafood on the plate and making the table more vibrant.
Owning a grill brings a lot of benefits. You get to cook a wide array of recipes with these powerful cooking appliances so you can spend your free time with more food.
Shrimps are a great source of iodine and they have low calories. They also contain zero carbohydrates so you can put them in healthier recipes such as salads.
As if the low-calorie content is not enough, the source of most of the calories in shrimps comes from protein, approximately 90%, and the rest from fats.
Shrimp is also rich in selenium which is a great source of nutrients that help reduce inflammations as well as the ones that help reduce heart diseases.
There are also many antioxidants in shrimps, so if you want to grill some for your barbecue, you should follow these easy recipes to make the best-grilled garlic shrimps.
Grilled Garlic (and Herbs) Shrimp Recipe
– 2 pounds of large Shrimps
– 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
– 2 teaspoons of dried basil leaves
– 2 teaspoons of ground paprika
– 2 tablespoons of garlic (minced)
– 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
– 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
– A quarter cup of olive oil
– Half teaspoon of black pepper
Step 1. Mix the paprika, garlic, Italian seasoning, olive oil, pepper, basil, lemon juice, and brown sugar in a bowl. Whisk until the mixture is smooth and thoroughly combined.
Step 2. While the marinade is sitting on the side, clean and remove the shells of the shrimp and the veins.
You can use scissors for the shells and then a simple tug on the veins using a fork or a toothpick will remove it easily.
This process might take a few minutes if you do it alone to let the kids help remove the veins. Wash the shrimps after removing any residuals from the veins.
Step 3. Toss the shrimp into the marinade and mix it well. You can cover the bowl and then shake it to coat the shrimps evenly.
Keep the cover on the bowl and then refrigerate for 2 hours. This long will be enough for the shrimp to seep the marinade and have a better finish when grilled.
Step 4. While refrigerating the shrimps, you can start with the other meat on the grill. Just make sure that when the shrimps are ready, the grill has reached medium heat.
Step 5. Clean the grates and remove all the meat and other food residuals from the grill. Lightly brush the grates with oil and place them on the grill 4 inches above the heat source.
Step 6. Bring out the shrimps and remove them from the marinade. You can keep the marinade if you want and put another set of shrimps or drain it and dispose of properly.
Step 7. Bring out the skewers and then put as much shrimp as you can in one. Putting the shrimp on a skewer should include two points of poking.
So make sure that the shrimp’s body is curled into a C-shaped form to get the skewer to pass through the body of the shrimp twice.
You can also ditch the skewers and grill the shrimps straight on the gates. Ensure that you get a grate with small spacing so that the shrimps won’t fall off it.
Step 8. Let the shrimps grill for about 3 minutes and then turn it once and let it cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Once you turn the shrimps once, you can plate them properly and then serve while still hot to get the best-tasting result.
Here is a video guide to give you a better view of how this recipe is made and cooked.
Grilled Garlic Butter Shrimp
– 1 and a half pounds of medium shrimps
– 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
– Half cup of unsalted butter
– 1 minced shallot
– 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley leaves (chopped)
– 2 halved lemons
– Kosher salt, ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste
Step 1. Preheat the oven to medium heat.
Step 2. Cook the marinade. Melt the butter in a pan and saute the garlic on it. Put the shallot, red pepper flakes, and then stir for a couple of minutes until it is fragrant.
Put salt and pepper to taste and then set aside.
Step 3. Thread the shrimps into skewers. Since we have chosen medium-sized shrimps, you will need skewers so they do not fall off the grates of the grill.
Step 4. Brush the shrimps on the skewers with the butter mixture. You can let the shrimps sit for a few minutes if you want so it takes in more of the butter marinade.
You can also go straight ahead and cook the buttered shrimps when the grill is ready.
Step 5. Place the skewers on the grill and turn the shrimp occasionally. The total cook time is around 5 minutes or when the shrimps turn pink and opaque.
Step 6. In the last couple of minutes of cooking, place the lemons on the shrimp cut side down. This will give the shrimp a more zesty flavor to contradict with the butter.
Step 7. Garnish the shrimp with fresh parsley, the butter mixture, and squeezed lemon juice. Serve it while it’s hot.
When you make a marinade for your grilled shrimp, make sure that it will get easily absorbed by the shrimp.
The purpose of a marinade is to tenderize the meat as well as infusing it with flavor. Make sure that you put fresh ingredients that pack a lot of flavors to make the shrimp tastier.
Soak the Skewers
Skewers hold the pieces of meat or in this case, shrimp together while they cook so you need to make sure that they do not disintegrate while cooking.
If the skewers that you chose to use are wood skewers, then it is best to soak them so that they do not catch fire while they are on the grill.
Soaking the skewers is not that hard. You can put the shrimps on the skewer and then submerge them together into the marinade.
This way, the shrimps will be infused with flavors and the skewers are soaked.
Do Not Overcook the Shrimps
Shrimps are great food and they fit in most cuisines from around the world. However, they do require some careful process to cook perfectly.
Once the shrimps have turned pink and opaque, you should take them off the heat source. If you overcook shrimps, they will turn rubbery and we wouldn’t like that.
If you have a barbecue and want something to get a different taste instead of just pork or other meat, you recommend that you try a grilled garlic butter shrimp.
They have loads of nutrients as well as flavors that will burst in your mouth. They are also low in fat and calories with a whole lot of iodine and protein.
You can also get shrimps in most markets so that is not going to be an issue. You can pair this delicious grilled shrimp with other foods.
Shrimp is perfect with greens such as lettuce and cabbages. You can also make delicious tacos with grilled shrimps for more flavor and texture.
When you grill shrimps, they are also perfect as the protein source for salad. Even though they have fats from butter, you can make up for it by eating more vegetables.
So go ahead and make your garlic butter shrimp. You can add or remove ingredients from the marinade to make a more unique and personalized recipe!
If you like the post then do not forget to share it on social media!