Garlic Grilled Shrimp

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Garlic Grilled Shrimp is a perfect summer staple on the grill; especially on skewers! Just a simple soak in this tangy marinade and it stands alone as a kabob or delicious tucked into a zesty shrimp taco!

This is one of those ‘go-to recipes’ that make summertime livin’ so easy! Serve as a main dish or even as a snack for guests to eat alongside mojitos on the deck!

Garlic Grilled Shrimp in a white bowl

Grilled Shrimp Marinade

A marinade is meant to tenderize meat and infuse it with flavorful herbs and spices. This shrimp marinade is infused with garlic, lemon, and other fresh herbs and spice to create a deliciously tangy flavor!

Because shrimp is so tender, marinating and cooking takes mere minutes compared to other proteins so it’s important not to over-marinate or overcook!

Garlic Grilled Shrimp ingredients

How to Grill Garlic Grilled Shrimp

If preparing the marinade ahead of time, don’t toss in the shrimp until 20 minutes before ready to cook to ensure they are not over-marinated (making them mushy)!

  1. Combine everything in a bowl and marinate 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  3. Thread the shrimp on the skewers and grill 2 to 3 minutes each side. Remove from skewers and place in a serving bowl.

Drizzle with garlic butter and a squirt of juice from a fresh lemon wedge!

Should I Soak the Skewers?

If the skewers you are using are made from wood then you’ll want to soak them so they don’t catch fire from the grill (or oven, or broiler) before the meat is finished cooking.

It doesn’t take long to soak a skewer. Fully immersing wooden skewers (of any length) while the shrimp marinates will do the trick!

Brushing oil on Garlic Grilled Shrimp skewers

Don’t Grill Your Shrimp Too Long

Shrimp is a popular protein all year because not only does it have a mild flavor that fits into many different cuisines (Italian, Thai, Japanese, American), but it takes mere minutes to cook! Just until the meat is no longer translucent and barely firm to the bite is as far as you need to go.

Overcooking shrimp will result in a rubbery result (insert tears of sadness here)! Be sure to remove shrimp from whatever heat source you’re cooking on just as soon as it is pink!

Garlic Grilled Shrimp skewers on a baking sheet

What to Serve With Shrimp

Garlic grilled shrimp pairs perfectly in a taco with shredded lettuce, and a tangy pico de gallo. Try grilled shrimp over a bed of lettuce with sliced red onions and a tangy vinaigrette for a delicious salad!

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Garlic Grilled Shrimp in a bowl with parsley
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Review Recipe

Garlic Grilled Shrimp

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 8 skewers
Garlic Grilled Shrimp is the perfect summer staple on the grill! Especially on skewers! Just a soak in this tangy marinade and serve with garlic butter.


  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined


  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Garlic Butter

  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon parsley chopped
  • lemon wedges for serving optional

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  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl and whisk. Allow shrimp to marinate at least 20 minutes.
  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Thread shrimp on skewers and grill 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from skewers and place in a serving bowl.
  • Drizzle with garlic butter and serve warm with lemon wedges if desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 190, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 158mg, Sodium: 653mg, Potassium: 71mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 305IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 85mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Garlic Grilled Shrimp on a plate with lemon shown with a title being brushed with garlic butter
Garlic Grilled Shrimp on a plate with lemon shown with a title
Garlic Grilled Shrimp on a plate
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  1. The best shrimp ever! We did the whole thing and it was wonderful! The shrimp was decadent and the butter sauce put it over the top! Do it! Just like it says!5 stars

  2. Excellent recipe for the shrimp ❤. Added Turmic 1/2 teaspoon Corriindor leaves instead of parsely and GRAMMASLA extra spices kick.
    Cooked on cast iron 2.5 minutes on each sides. Salad and Rice dinner.5 stars

  3. Best shrimp ever !!! easy not leave out the tomato paste and definitely definitely use the garlic butter. THANKS SOOO MUCH FOR THIS RECEIPE5 stars

  4. I grew up on the MS Gulf Coast, buying shrimp from the boats as they came in with their bounty. This recipe is the best I’ve eaten over 60 years! Thanks for sharing.5 stars

  5. This was so delicious! I marinated the shrimp for a couple of hours vice 20 minutes. This will be my go to shrimp recipe for grilled shrimp.4 stars

  6. Thank you for this delicious recipe. Prepared as instructed except doubled the marinade. I didn’t want to fool with the grill and husband was working on something else, so I dumped marinade and shrimp in foil-lined pan and broiled 3 minutes per side (extra large shrimp). Perfect. No garlic-butter drizzle was necessary cooked this way. The only drawback was the marinade popped in the oven, so now the oven is doing its self-clean cycle.

    Served with yesterday’s potato salad, cherry tomatoes per another reviewer’s suggestion, fried green tomatoes, and fried okra, all from the garden. I made a dipping sauce from ranch dressing and sriracha. I don’t think it needed the dipping sauce but husband liked it.

    I will definitely make this shrimp again. The tomato paste added a layer of flavor I never would have thought to include, so if another cook does not have any on hand, I would wait to prepare this dish until you have some.5 stars

  7. This recipe was very good, but the basil was a bit overpowering for our palate. They were still wonderful cooked on the grill and we loved the garlic butter sauce! Thank you for another great recipe!5 stars