Grilled Shrimp Skewers and Tasty Tool for July

A great, light summer meal. Shrimp always tastes better grilled! This was excellent! Adapted from ATK, we made several changes, and I posted our recipe. To see the original go to

I also submitted this in Joelen’s Culinary Adventures July Tasty Tools, pastry or basting brushes. Check out her blog,, for more monthly events and for the final recipes of the July Tasty Tools!



Serves 4 as a main course, 6 as an appetizer

1 1/2 pounds extra-large shrimp (21/25), peeled and deveined, tails left on
2 – 3 tablespoons olive oil for brushing skewers
Table salt and ground black pepper 
1/4 teaspoon sugar 
1 recipe Spicy Lemon-Garlic Sauce, Charmoula Sauce, or Fresh Tomato Sauce with Feta and Olives (see below)
Lemon wedges for serving

1. Pat shrimp dry with paper towels. Thread shrimp onto 3 skewers, alternating direction of heads and tails. Brush both sides of shrimp with oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Sprinkle one side of each skewer with sugar.

2. Turn all burners on gas grill to high, cover, and heat until very hot, about 15 minutes. Scrape grate clean with grill brush.

3.  Place shrimp skewers, sugared sides down, on grate; use tongs to push shrimp together on skewer if they have separated. Grill shrimp, covered, until lightly charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Using tongs, flip and grill until second side is pink and slightly translucent, 1 to 2 minutes longer.

4.Brush spicy sauce onto each skewer. Cook a minute or two on each side to cook in the flavor. Serve warm!

Spicy-Lemon Garlic Sauce
Makes enough to sauce 1 1/2 pounds shrimp.

4 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into 4 pieces-I used EVOO-Only about 2 tbsp. Not too much..just enough to combine all ingredients
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice , from 2 lemons
1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes-We used just under a half teaspoon.
3 medium cloves garlic , minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)
1/8 teaspoon table salt 
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley leaves 

Combine butter, lemon juice, pepper flakes, garlic, and salt in pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until butter melts, about 1 1/2 minutes; brush onto grilled shrimp, adding parsley just before serving.


3 Comments on “Grilled Shrimp Skewers and Tasty Tool for July”

  1. Joelen says:

    Yum! Thanks so much for submitting this to the grilled blogging event! 🙂

  2. joejhorn says:

    Cool recipe. I just found your blog while looking around for other shrimp recipes. I just recently posted a recipe that I adapted from “The Spended Table” cookbook and posted it on my blog @ if you would like to come take a look. I love feedback and other cooks opinions for sure.

    Thanks and have a great one!


  3. katie102006 says:

    YUMMY! I love shrimp on the grill! Looks great!

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