Australian Shrimp on the Barbie

Shrimp on the Barbie
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Ratings (12)
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
191131 Calories
1,769g Fat
1,518g Carbs
40,918g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Use this recipe for the traditional Australian method for grilling shrimp. It is simple and perfect for just about any occasion.

Barbie is Australian slang for barbecue, which usually refers to grilling in Australia. In an Australian tourism ad of the 1980s, actor Paul Hogan (who later starred in "Crocodile Dundee") invited Americans to come to the land down under and he'd "slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for you."

In Australia, they don't say shrimp—they say prawns, as they have an abundance of freshwater prawns rather than saltwater shrimp. But the ad used a term more familiar to Americans. You are likely to get some well-seasoned curse words thrown your way if you call them shrimp when talking to an Aussie. But it's fine to use shrimp rather than prawns, if that's what you find at your market.

Australians often grill prawns for Christmas, which arrives with summer in the Southern Hemisphere. They enjoy a picnic in the park or beach with a portable grill or use the one provided in those venues. Beyond prawns, sausages, lamb, pork, and beef you may even see some kangaroo and emu on the grill.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon shallot (minced)
  • 3 large garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Garnish: spinach leaves
  • Garnish: lemon slices

Steps to Make It

  1. Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails intact.

  2. Mince the fresh parsley, thyme, cilantro, and shallots. Crush the garlic cloves.

  3. Combine the melted butter, olive oil, parsley, thyme, cilantro, lemon juice, cloves, shallots, salt, and black pepper in large bowl.

  4. Mix in the shrimp. Marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes or in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Do not go longer as the shrimp will become mushy.

  5. Discard the marinade as it will not be safe to reuse due to contact with the raw shrimp.

  6. Prepare the barbecue with medium-hot coals.

  7. Thread the shrimp on narrow skewers.

  8. Grill until just opaque (or pink in color and firm to touch), about 2 minutes per side.

  9. Line a platter with fresh spinach leaves. Arrange the skewers on the platter. Garnish with lemon.

  10. Serve and enjoy!

Side Suggestions

The sides to serve with Australian-style grilled shrimp are similar to what you would see in America:

  • Grilled vegetable skewers are easy to prepare at the same time you are grilling the shrimp.
  • A fresh green salad is always welcome in the heat of summer.
  • Fruit salad makes a great accompaniment for a picnic as well.
  • Beer or chilled Australian white wine are common Australian beverages with your grilled meal.