Grilled shrimp kabobs are so easy to make and cook in just minutes.

Shrimp skewers with juicy pineapple and green onion are brushed with a quick, sweet and spicy glaze.

Pair them with grilled veggies and rice for a perfect summer meal.

Shrimp Kabobs with juicy pineapple

Ingredients for Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

Shrimp kabobs are quick to make and can be prepared ahead of time. They’re perfect for weeknight meals or gatherings.

  • Shrimp Choose peeled and deveined jumbo or colossal-sized shrimp. You can choose tails off or on.
  • Pineapple Use fresh pineapple chunks or canned chunks that have been drained and patted dry.
  • Glaze – The glaze is a simple mixture of barbecue sauce, garlic, and a bit of chili paste for a little heat. For added sweetness, add a tablespoon of honey.
uncooked shrimp, green onions, and pineapple on skewers

Variations & Additions

Shrimp cooks quickly, so if adding other ingredients, ensure they’re quick cooking or par-cooked.

  • You can DIY homemade BBQ sauce or choose your favorite flavor of store bought.
  • Add more or less sambal oelek (chili paste) or replace it with red pepper flakes.
  • Add slices of smoked sausage or pre-cooked bacon.
  • Add extra vegetables like zucchini, asparagus, or bell peppers (ensure they’re thinly cut so they cook quickly).
ingredients assembled to make shrimp kabobs including shrimp, pineapple, bbq sauce, and green onions, garlic, and chili paste

How to Make Shrimp Kabobs

  1. Thread marinated shrimp, pineapple, and green onions onto skewers.
  2. Allow the shrimp kabobs to marinate for 10 minutes.
  3. Grill shrimp kabobs on medium-high heat until opaque (about 6-8 minutes). Serve immediately.

Garnish with fresh herbs like cilantro or fresh parsley for serving.

No BBQ? No Problem!

If you don’t have a grill, this shrimp recipe can be cooked on a grill pan over medium-high heat on the stove top.

You can also broil kabobs in the oven. Place the shrimp kabobs on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 4 to 6 inches from the broiler on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until cooked.

brushing bbq sauce on uncooked shrimp kabobs

Tips for Preparing Kabobs

  • Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before using them to prevent them from burning on the grill.
  • Add a bit of olive oil to a paper towel and use tongs to rub it over the grill grates before grilling to prevent sticking.
  • For perfect grilling, keep the heat at medium-high and watch the skewers, as shrimp tend to cook very quickly.

Crazy for Kabobs?

Almost anything can be cooked on a skewer including side dishes! Add your favorite meats to a marinade and skewer with a few veggies and some green or red onion.

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Shrimp Kabobs

Enjoy grilled shrimp and juicy pineapple on skewers for the perfect combination of savory and sweet!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinate Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


Metal Skewers or wooden skewers
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  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple cut into chunks, or canned pineapple chunks drained and dabbed dry
  • 2 green onions cut into 1-inch pieces


  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek or chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced


  • In a medium bowl, season the shrimp with salt and pepper.
  • Thread shrimp, pineapple, and green onions on metal or wood skewers.
  • In a small bowl, stir together barbecue sauce, garlic, and sambal oelek. Brush over the skewers and let marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the shrimp skewers for 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and grill for an additional 3 to 4 minutes or until cooked through.


If using wood skewers, be sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling to ensure they don’t burn.
Cooked shrimp kabobs can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat on the grill or in a frying pan. 
Oven: You can also broil kabobs in the oven. Place the shrimp kabobs on a foil-lined pan 4 to 6 inches under the broiler. Broil on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until cooked.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 204 | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 857mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 189IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course Dinner, Entree, Seafood
Cuisine American
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