Grilled shrimp is a perfect ultimate summer barbecue staple that is a huge crowd pleaser. Easy and quick to make (it takes just a few minutes to make tasty and flavorful grilled shrimp so you don’t waste your time) it is guaranteed to impress and delight your loved ones. The key to the best barbecue grilled shrimp is to enhance the delicate flavor of shrimp with homemade marinade. It really boosts the taste of the shrimp and takes it to the next level of flavor and deliciousness.
There are many recipes for delicious shrimp marinades, and I would like to share a couple of my favorite shrimp marinade recipes with you.
This spicy and sweet lemon honey garlic marinade for grilled shrimp is mighty flavorful and super easy to make. With just a handful of basic pantry staple ingredients like fears fragrant garlic, paprika, cilantro, cumin deutsch, salt, olive oil, honey, cayenne and lemon juice. Just a tough of fresh squeezed lemon juice or lemon zest (you can also use lime) really brightens the citrus flavors of the marinade, while amount of honey help beautifully caramelizing the shrimp creating beautiful golden color. Cayenne brings in a nice spicy hot kick with every bite and garlic and other spices really arms up the aromas.
Just mix all the ingredient together in a zip lock and toss in the shrimp for a quick 30 minute marinade in the fridge before cooking. You can also baste with more while grilling your shrimp to keep them extra moist. By the way, you can try it with any favorite seafood. This lemon honey garlic marinade for grilling shrimp is heavenly.
My other favorite marinade for grilled prawns is this Asian inspired marinade. Classic asian flavors like savory soy sauce, pungent, crisp ginger, fragrant shallots, bright zesty lime juice and sugar blended in a blender together with olive oil (you can use butter instead of olive oil if you like it) and green onions until smooth.
Pour your ready marinade into the bowl, add the shrimp and marinate for about 30 minutes at room temperature, then cook. A wonderful combination of sweet, salty and fresh. Sugar will caramelize the shrimp while grilling and shallots and green onion add a ton of bold flavors. I love how it is all blended to a smooth mixture so there is no chunks of shallots or green onions.
After your marinated shrimp is grilled you can I’ve it a brush with melted butter and garnish with your favorite fresh chopped herbs like parsley or cilantro. Serve this meal with corn tortilla chips and vegetables. Enjoy this perfect dinner!