Easy Grilled Shrimp

Easy Grilled Shrimp

For lovers of spicy food, this quick and easy recipe for grilled shrimp has plenty of heat, but still lets the sweet and juicy nature of fresh shrimp shine through.

The shrimp marinate in a paste of garlic and olive oil with just the right amount of cayenne pepper. Several squeezes of fresh lemon juice provide the finishing tang to this perfect barbecue menu idea.

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Easy Grilled Shrimp


2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 large cloves garlic
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
juice from 1 large lemon, at least 1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped


Light a charcoal barbecue or heat a gas grill. Lightly oil the grate.

In a small bowl, smash the cloves of garlic with the kosher salt. Add the cayenne pepper and paprika, then add the lemon juice. Stir in the olive oil and mix the ingredients until you have a paste

Toss the cleaned shrimp with the garlic pepper paste – make sure all the shrimp are evenly coated.

Grill the shrimp until they are just cooked through, a couple of minutes on each side.

Sprinkle them with the chopped parsley and serve hot with lemon wedges.

Serves 4 to 6


Good To Know – It isn’t always barbecue weather when the craving for spicy shrimp strikes. These shrimp can be nicely grilled on an electric grill, such as a George Foreman, and do equally as well in your oven broiler.

If you broil them, keep an eye on them so that the heat from above doesn’t burn their tails.

Food For Thought – If you like everything about this recipe except the spice, just omit the cayenne pepper. Or you can tone it down by eliminating the cayenne and adding a few grinds of freshly cracked black pepper.

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