Grilled Shrimp and Scallops Skewers Recipe (Uncle Mike's Spice Mix)

Shrimp skewers on rice
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  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 Skewers (4-6 Servings)
Ratings (5)

These shrimp and scallop skewers are very simple to make and so delicious. They take no time at all to prepare so they're great for a weekday meal, yet they're fancy enough for parties, special occasions, and holidays.

The spice mixture comes from my late father-in-law, Mike Matticola—"Uncle Mike" to the many people who knew and loved him. It's simple, yet perfectly balanced, and makes a great dry rub for meats, too. (BTW, the original recipe calls for a whole tablespoon of cayenne, which makes it quite fiery, so start with a teaspoon instead. It's easy to add more heat, but it's hard to subtract it!)

The spice mix makes a generous amount; store it in an airtight jar and you'll have plenty on hand for next time.

What You'll Need

  • For the Shrimp:
  • 1 1/2 lb uncooked large or extra large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1 lb bay scallops
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • For Uncle Mike's Spice Mix:
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano (crushed)
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme (crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more to taste)

How to Make It

  1. Place the shrimp and scallops in a bowl and stir in the olive oil until well coated.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the spice ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Thread alternating shrimp and scallops on skewers. Liberally sprinkle both sides with spice mixture. (There will be extra spice mix; store it in an airtight jar for next time)
  4. Grill over high heat until shrimp and scallops are just opaque and spices are lightly colored (about 1 minute per side.)
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 232
    Total Fat 7 g
    Saturated Fat 1 g
    Unsaturated Fat 4 g
    Cholesterol 245 mg
    Sodium 3,225 mg
    Carbohydrates 7 g
    Dietary Fiber 2 g
    Protein 36 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)