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8 Delicious Shrimp Kabobs to Cook on the Grill

May 14, 2024
Courtesy of Taste and See

Shrimp kabobs are one of those perfect warm weather meals — they’re quick and easy, you can cook them on the grill (or in the oven or on the stovetop, if you prefer), you can flavor them however you like. Plus, they’re simple enough for any weeknight, but also nice enough to serve to guests. 

And the best part: Shrimp kabobs feel like an indulgence, but they’re healthy and budget-friendly, too. Defrost some frozen shrimp — they’re a good source of lean protein (24 grams in a 3.5-ounce serving) and the mineral selenium, which can help reduce inflammation, boost cardiovascular health, and fight certain types of cancer.

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What’s the best way to skewer shrimp?

One thing that can be annoying about making shrimp kabobs is that they can spin around on the skewers. This can make flipping the skewers for even cooking a bit of a chore. To prevent this problem, use two skewers. Thread a skewer through the thick end of the shrimp, then thread another one through the tail end. Allow for a little space between the shrimp so heat can circulate around them and they can cook evenly.

You asked: How do you make shrimp not rubbery?

Shrimp become tough and rubbery when they’re overcooked. For tender shrimp, cook them until they’re just opaque. Watch them carefully; shrimp are not a “set it and forget it” food. But they cook so quickly, you won’t have to keep your eye on them for long. (The precise amount of time depends on the size of the shrimp and the cooking method.)

Try these simple and tasty shrimp kabob recipes.

1. Lemon Garlic Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Lemon garlic shrimp kebobs

Courtesy of Dinner at the Zoo

These succulent shrimp skewers are simple as can be, with a marinade that includes garlic, lemon, herbs, and olive oil. Even with the marinating time, these kabobs are on the table in 30 minutes, and they go with any side dish you like.

Try this recipe from Dinner at the Zoo.

2. Grilled Garlic Cajun Shrimp Kabobs

Grilled garlic Cajun shrimp kebobs

Courtesy of Natasha’s Kitchen

The combination of a light amount of heat from Cajun seasoning and the smokiness of the grill lends plenty of flavor to these easy skewers. Garlic adds even more great taste, and a host of health benefits.

Try this recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen.

Related: 10 Healthy Shrimp Recipes to Try This Week

3. Grilled Teriyaki Shrimp Pineapple Skewers

Teriyaki shrimp kebobs

Courtesy of Zen & Spice

Sweet pineapple and savory teriyaki sauce are a classic combo, and here they bring plenty of zing to shrimp kabobs. Use the recipe included for easy homemade teriyaki sauce, or save a step and grab a bottle at the store (look for low-sugar brands).

Try this recipe from Zen & Spice.

4. Grilled Chili Lime Shrimp

Chili lime shrimp kebobs

Courtesy of Taste and See

With smoked paprika, chili powder, lime juice, and a little honey, these shrimp skewers hit all the notes. Serve these as is, or whip up a quick chili-lime crema with Greek yogurt as a dipping sauce.

Try this recipe from Taste and See.

5. Mediterranean Garlic Shrimp Skewers

Mediterranean shrimp kebobs

Courtesy of The Mediterranean Dish

Infused with Mediterranean flavors like garlic, lemon, and herbs, these shrimp skewers are a heart-healthy option. Make these as a quick dinner, or serve them as an appetizer at an outdoor summer party. 

Try this recipe from The Mediterranean Dish.

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6. Grilled Spicy Coconut Lime Shrimp Skewers

Coconut lime shrimp kebobs

Courtesy of A Zesty Bite

Chili-garlic sauce and red pepper flakes bring the heat to these skewers, balanced with rich coconut milk and tangy lime juice. Sprinkle on shredded coconut, lime, and fresh cilantro at the end to add color, texture, and flair. 

Try this recipe from A Zesty Bite.

7. Honey Sriracha Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Honey sriracha shrimp kebobs

Courtesy of Joyful Healthy Eats

Love a sweet and spicy combo? This recipe will be your new fave, with honey for sweetness and sriracha to bring the fire. Ginger, garlic, and smoked paprika add plenty of depth. Try this mix of ingredients on chicken thighs, too.

Try this recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats.

8. Grilled Shrimp Kabobs with Vegetables

Shrimp and vegetable kabobs

Courtesy of Foolproof Living

Thread bell peppers and mushrooms onto these skewers along with shrimp for a meal on a stick. A simple lemon-garlic-herb marinade flavors everything. Add some red onion or zucchini to the skewers along with (or instead of) the peppers and mushrooms, if you like.

Try this recipe from Foolproof Living.

Read next: 8 Easy, Healthy Seafood Dinners That Take Under 25 Minutes to Make


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