Sizzle Up: Grilled Spiced Shrimp Kabobs!

by | Nov 24, 2023 | Dinner | 0 comments

Imagine a dish that’s not only easy to make but also bursting with flavor. That’s what Grilled Spiced Shrimp Kabobs are all about. Perfect for any occasion, these kabobs will leave your taste buds dancing with joy.

Understanding Shrimp Sizes

Before diving into the recipe, let’s talk about shrimp sizes. They’re sold by count per pound. Remember, the fewer the shrimp per pound, the larger they are. For this recipe, we’re using extra-large shrimp (16-20 count). And here’s a tip: if you’re using frozen shrimp, thaw, rinse, and pat them dry first.

Preparation Basics

Prep time for this dish is 45 minutes, including marinating time. Cooking takes just 4-6 minutes, making it a quick and delightful meal. This recipe serves four people, making it perfect for a family dinner or a small gathering with friends.

Marinade: The Flavor Booster for our Grilled Spiced Shrimp Kabobs

First, let’s marinate the shrimp. Combine garlic, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Add the shrimp and let them soak in these flavors for 30 minutes. This step is crucial for infusing the shrimp with a rich, savory taste.

Zhoug Sauce: A Symphony of Spices

Now, the star of the show – the Zhoug sauce. In a food processor, blend cilantro, parsley, jalapeño peppers, garlic, salt, cumin, and chili flakes. Gradually add olive oil until the mixture becomes a thick sauce. This vibrant green sauce is packed with fresh, bold flavors that complement the shrimp beautifully.

Grilled Spiced Shrimp Kabobs

Assembling the Grilled Spiced Shrimp Kabobs

It’s time to assemble the kabobs. If you’re using wooden skewers, don’t forget to soak them for at least 30 minutes to prevent burning. Thread shrimp, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and bell pepper onto the skewers. The colors and textures look amazing together!

Grilling to Perfection

Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat, then reduce to medium. Lightly oil the grate and place the skewers on the grill. Cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side. Be attentive – shrimp cook quickly and can turn rubbery if overcooked.

Serving Your Masterpiece

Serve these delicious kabobs hot off the grill, accompanied by the tangy Zhoug sauce. The combination of grilled shrimp with the zesty sauce is truly a match made in heaven.

Grilled Spiced Shrimp Kabobs

Grilled Spiced Shrimp Kabobs

The zesty Zhong sauce boasts fresh, bold bright flavors and will typically contain a combination of cilantro, parsley, garlic, peppers, and several warm spices. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shrimp, kabobs, shrimp skewers, marinade, seafood
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 495kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Shrimp Skewers

  • 1 ¼ lbs extra-large peeled deveined shrimp
  • 24 large peeled deveined shrimp
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 small red onion cut into 1-2" pieces

Marinade Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 dash sea salt to taste
  • 1 dash black pepper to taste

Zhoug Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 4 fresh jalapeño peppers stems and seeds removed
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp sea salt more or less to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp chili flakes

Instructions

  • Add shrimp to a deep bowl with the marinade ingredients (garlic, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and black pepper to taste). Mix and let shrimp marinate 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare Zhoug sauce. In the bowl of a food processor, add cilantro, parsley, jalapeño peppers, garlic, salt, cumin and chili flakes. Pulse until everything is combined.
  • With the processor running, slowly add olive oil and pulse until it turns into a thick sauce.
  • Thread onto skewers, alternating shrimp, tomato, onion, shrimp, tomato, bell pepper, ending with a shrimp. Repeat until all skewers are full.
  • Preheat grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp until no longer translucent, 2-3 minutes per side. Watch carefully as shrimp cook very quickly and will become rubbery if overcooked.
  • Remove from grill onto a serving platter. Serve with Zhoug sauce.

Notes

Testing Note: This recipe was tested using uncooked peeled deveined large shrimp (16-20 count). Shrimp are sold at the seafood counter by the approximate number per pound, and since size designation has not been standardized, it is best to use the count per pound as a guide. The fewer shrimp per pound, the larger they are. Larger shrimp can be labeled as “U 10” meaning under 10 per pound or labeled as “Colossal” which is typically also under 10 per pound. As a good rule of thumb Jumbo = 11-15, Extra-large = 16-20, Large = 21-30, Medium 31-35, Small 36-45 and Mini or Salad Shrimp is anything smaller. When using frozen shrimp, be sure to thaw, rinse and pat dry before using.
To Serve: This is best served hot right off the grill.

Nutrition

Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 330mg | Sodium: 2095mg | Potassium: 597mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2446IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 3mg

Conclusion: A Feast of Flavors for our Grilled Spiced Shrimp Kabobs

Grilled Spiced Shrimp Kabobs are more than just a meal; they’re an experience. Perfectly grilled shrimp, a medley of fresh vegetables, and the bold Zhoug sauce create a symphony of flavors that’s sure to impress. So, fire up your grill and get ready for a culinary adventure that’s as enjoyable to cook as it is to eat.

Enjoy your culinary creation!

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