Grilled Rosemary Garlic Shrimp

Grilled garlic rosemary shrimp
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Marinate Time: 60 mins
Total: 78 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Grilled shrimp is an easy, quick, and tasty dish that is perfect for both a special dinner al fresco or a busy weeknight meal. This recipe calls for marinating the shrimp in a rosemary-garlic mixture for several hours, giving the shellfish great flavor.

Proving that just a few ingredients can make for an impressive and delicious dish, this recipe requires only garlic, olive oil, fresh rosemary, and shrimp. The garlic is mashed with the sea salt to make a paste; minced rosemary leaves and olive oil are mixed in and the shrimp is then coated in the marinade. The shrimp are left to marinate for an hour or two in the refrigerator to absorb the flavors and then grilled for just a few minutes until pink.

You will need 12 skewers to cook the shrimp and can use bamboo or metal; if using wood, soak them for at least half an hour before skewering. The shrimp are then brushed with oil and placed on a clean grill where the grates have been coated with oil. This assures the shrimp will not stick to the grill.

These shrimp are great by themselves as an appetizer with lemon wedges, or served as an addition to any recipe that calls for shrimp, like shrimp with pasta, shrimp and rice, and shrimp tacos.


  • 1/4 cup finely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves plus sprigs for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for brushing shrimp
  • 16 jumbo shrimp (about 10 per pound), shelled and deveined with tails left on
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Mash the garlic and salt together in a large bowl. Mix together with the minced rosemary and olive oil.

  3. Add the shrimp. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.

  4. Preheat the grill and oil the grates. Place 4 shrimp on each skewer. Brush the shrimp with oil.

  5. Cook the shrimp for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until just cooked through (the shrimp appear pink and are firm to the touch when done).

  6. Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing.

  7. Enjoy as-is or part of an entree.

Do I Need to Defrost the Shrimp First?

Shrimp is sold fresh, frozen, or previously frozen, with fresh being the hardest to find since they are highly perishable and need to be preserved while in transport from boat or farm to store. If the shrimp you are using is still frozen, it's best to defrost it before marinating so the flesh is soft and able to absorb the flavors. Place in a colander under cold running water until thawed and then peel and devein if needed.