|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 6 to 8|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 9g||12%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||8%|
|Total Carbohydrate 4g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 1g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||6%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The secret to properly grilling shrimp is to keep a close eye on them, as they can go from raw to rubbery in minutes. The secret to fabulous-tasting grilled shrimp is first placing them in a delicious marinade, infusing the shellfish with the ingredients, and contributing a depth of flavor to the finished dish. This grilled jumbo shrimp with a delicious marinade made of fresh lemon juice, garlic, shallots, and herbs will become your go-to meal when you need something tasty super quick.
Serve it with linguine, a tossed salad, or grilled vegetables.
"Easy and delicious, this tasty marinated grilled jumbo shrimp recipe hits all the high points. The shrimp would also be great over rice." —Diana Andrews
2 1/2 pounds jumbo shrimp
For the Marinade:
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for grilling
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1 large lemon
1/2 medium shallot, diced
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pinch white pepper, optional
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Peel and devein shrimp. Blot dry with paper towels and place in a resealable plastic bag.
Combine marinade ingredients: oil, cilantro, lemon juice, shallot, minced garlic, chopped basil, salt, and white pepper (if using) in a bowl or large mixing cup.
Pour mixture over shrimp. Seal bag and place in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes—but no longer than that because the acid from the lemon juice will begin to soften the shrimp.
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Right before placing shrimp on the grill, oil the grill grates well—use tongs and paper towels dipped in oil. Make about 4 passes to create a nonstick surface.
Remove shrimp from the bag and discard marinade. Place shrimp on the grill and allow to cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until they appear pink and firm all the way around.
Remove from heat and serve immediately with a little extra chopped cilantro or basil on top. Enjoy!
- If you don't care for cilantro, substitute flat-leaf parsley. This recipe will actually work with almost any fresh herb, so replace or add as you please.
- If you enjoy a little extra spice, add just a dash of cayenne pepper to your marinade. Be careful, however, as more than a dash could be overwhelming.
- Chopped scallions (green onions) make a nice topping for this dish and can add a touch of elegance.
- For a taste of Down Under, try this Australian Shrimp on the Barbie recipe.
- Shrimp cook fast enough that you can keep the grill lid up; you also need to watch them carefully to prevent overcooking. Remove the shrimp from the grill right as they're done, or even a little before they're ready (the residual heat will finish cooking them).
- Depending on the style of your grill, it might be easier to thread these jumbo shrimp onto skewers before grilling. Place about 4 to 5 shrimp onto each skewer and cook as instructed. Alternatively, you can place the shrimp with a little bit of the marinade in a tightly sealed aluminum foil pouch and put on the grill for about 10 minutes.
- Since this marinade would also be great as a sauce to drizzle over the shrimp once they're cooked, consider doubling the recipe, saving half to use when serving.
This recipe calls for drying the shrimp before marinating—this is especially important if you are using frozen shrimp, as the method for defrosting is running them under cold water until thawed. Shrimp that retain water can result in soggy shellfish so it is important that you do your best to dry them before cooking.
Most shrimp come from the market with their shells on, and sometimes they have been deveined already. If you have purchased deveined shrimp, the process of removing the shells will be easier since there is often a slit down the back of the shrimp (where the vein was removed). Whether you leave the tail on or not is up to you. If your shrimp aren't deveined, the deveining technique is pretty easy. While keeping the shrimp in an ice bath, take one and cut down the back of the shrimp using the tip of a paring knife. You should be able to see the vein; you can lift it out using the tip of the knife or your fingers. If you are finding this challenging, hold the back of the shrimp under a stream of cold water—it should push the vein right out.
How do you cook shrimp so it's not tough and rubbery?
If your shrimp is tough and rubbery, you have overcooked it. Shrimp should be a pink color on the outside and an opaque white color on the inside. Cook them 2 to 3 minutes per side at the most when cooking on the grill. If they curl up in an "O" shape, then they're definitely overcooked.