How To Grill Shrimp

Guide: How To Grill Shrimp

Shrimp are the most popular shellfish in the world and nearly the most popular seafood. It’s a shame most people don’t know how to grill shrimp properly because this cooking method produces the most flavorful variation of shrimp possible. Getting the shrimp ready for the grill is just as important as the actual grilling. To properly grill shrimp you should put them on skewers. This makes them easier to control on the grill. The one thing you have to make sure you don’t do is pack the shrimp too tightly on the skewers as this provides for more even cooking. It’s best to grill shrimp quickly but not over too high of heat. This is especially true for smaller shrimp. The worse thing you can do to a shrimp is to overcook it. Keep the heat to medium on your grill to ensure proper cooking. Follow the following steps and you’ll be on your way to eating some of the best shrimp you’ve ever tasted.

how to grill shrimp


  1. Peel, devein and wash shrimp.
  2. Thread shrimp onto skewers by running the skewer through at each end.
  3. If you are going to a marinade place the shrimp in a shallow dish and pour over marinade. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat the grill to a medium heat.
  5. Oil grill grate to prevent sticking.
  6. Place shrimp on grill and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Turn the shrimp over and continue grilling for 30 seconds (larger shrimp will take longer).
  8. Test for doneness by cutting a shrimp in half. It should be pink all around and opaque through the middle.
  9. Enjoy!


  1. Plan on about 1/4 pound of shrimp per person.
  2. If you are using bamboo skewers, soak them in cold water for 20 minutes to keep them from burning on the grill.
You know the shrimp are done when the outside surface has changed its color. Most shrimp starts out greyish-blue and turns white as it cooks. Once the skin surface of the shrimp no longer shows any of its original color it is done. You need to remove shrimp from the heat the second it is done. If you overcook the shrimp it will have a rubbery feel and lose a lot of its natural flavor. We've come a long way in the world of grilling. From cattle to pigs all the way to seafood. Go back in time and check out the history of barbecue and see what made it possible for you to be cooking these delicious shrimp on the grill.

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