Shrimp a la Plancha

grilled shrimp a la plancha
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Prep: 12 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
180 Calories
7g Fat
3g Carbs
27g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 227mg 76%
Sodium 1187mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 27g
Calcium 110mg 8%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a Spanish method for preparing shrimp using a plancha or flat grill plate. Easy, fast, and delicious, these shrimp can go straight from the grill to the table in 5 minutes.

The longest part of making these shrimp is the prep time—which you can cut down by purchasing already peeled and deveined shrimp—if so desired. The shrimp is then tossed in a lemon and seasoning mixture before being placed on the plancha to grill. 

Cooking a la plancha—which is pronounced "ah-la-plahn-chah"—and means to be"grilled on a metal plate" is very popular in Spain—especially by the docks. What a great way to cook the fresh seafood as it comes in!

Serve these shrimp with steamed rice and veggies or your favorite sides. 


  • 1 pound (450 grams) large shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 milliliters) black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 30 milliliters) vegetable oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Peel and de-vein shrimp.

  3. In a small bowl combine lemon juice with salt, paprika, and black pepper. Add shrimp and toss to coat.

  4. Preheat grill to high heat. Set plancha onto grill grates and allow to heat up. Once the pan shows a faint smoke, add shrimp. The cooking process will go quite fast. Cook shrimp, for about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes per side.

  5. Remove plancha from the grill and place it onto ​a wooden cutting board. Top with chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley and serve.

  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • If you cannot find a plancha, you can use a round or rectangular griddle that can be placed on top of the grill grates. The round-shaped griddle might be the better option as it will generate heat similar to a plancha since a traditional plancha is a round shape, also. 
  • Make sure your plancha pan is preheated to be hot enough to cook the shrimp quickly. Whatever you do, do not touch the pan to see, or you will get hurt! If you're not sure, test it by putting a drop of water on the pan. The droplet will jump and move around on the surface of the pan if it is hot enough to start cooking.

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