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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Garlic Grilled Shrimp

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.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 8 skewers


  • 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


  • 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.
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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

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  1. This is the best shrimp marinade I’ve ever had! I made it for my entire extended family and they were all raving about it. It’s more flavorful if you use less than a pound of shrimp so it’s caked in marinade. SO good!!5 stars

  2. Holly. These were delicious. So rich and flavor I didn’t need garlic butter drizzle. Thanks for coming up with great ideas and recipes!5 stars

  3. Quick question I had these at my nieces and they were absolutely fabulous. I’m planning on making them tonight for my daughter-in-law’s birthday. Does the shrimp need to be cooked or raw when purchased thanks Peggy

    1. Hi Peggy, the shrimp is raw and then cooked on the grill. Let us know how they turn out for you! :)

    2. Hi I made me these a couple times. I always buy bag of raw large without tail shell off and deveined. Id say only thing that would vary is cook time.

  4. I didn’t have any skewers so I cooked mine in a hot pan and man these came out so freaking good. We are making them again this weekend for our guests!! Killer recipe!5 stars

  5. SO. DELISH!!!! I made this last night and had it on top of a spinach risotto.
    For lunch, I am having it on top of quinoa salad on a bed of arugala + bunch of grilled leftover veggies! The tomato paste is a nice surprise which gives the shrimp a smooth rich flavor!

  6. I didn’t make the garlic dipping sauce but I did make the marinade. My fiancé and I were in shock how good it was. I will DEFINITELY be making this again. Maybe even tomorrow? Or the next day?5 stars

  7. My boyfriend and I loved this recipe! 10 out of 10 would definitely eat again! It was amazing! I also added a little bit of paprika and chili powder! Thank you so much for the recipe!5 stars

  8. This shrimp recipe is fantastic! Added more fresh basil, more garlic & red pepper flakes (we like bit spicy). So good! Huge flavor punch! Suggest serving with cooked rice, pasta or bread to mop up fantastic drippings! Thanks so much!

  9. This turned out BOMB!!!! I marinated it for about an hour. I didn’t add any salt or pepper because I grilled it to make ceviche which I will add salt to later. But it tastes delicious even without the salt and pepper!5 stars

  10. You just made my evening. Cleaned the grill pan with bread… no way I was going to leave this delicious concoction untouched!

  11. This was the best! The marinade is simple, but makes such a difference. My daughter and I had with a little Trader Joe’s jasmine rice for a filling meal. And it fit perfectly into my WW plan (I skipped the garlic butter.)5 stars