Grilled Garlic Cajun Shrimp Skewers

(Irresistibly delicious) Grilled Garlic Cajun Shrimp Skewers | NatashasKitchen.com

If you haven’t fired up your grill yet, this grilled Shrimp Skewers recipe is the perfect excuse to start. Shrimp taste best on the barbie; somethin’ about that lightly charred smokiness makes this shrimpaholic very happy.

This grilled shrimp recipe is easy with minimal prep and the cooking time is about 5 minutes. There’s only one word to describe how good the marinade is: “Wowza.” Brushing on extra marinade at the end ensures awesome flavor with every bite. I just wish we had leftovers!

My husband’s cousin, Alex shared this recipe with us and I’m so glad he did! Alex, we had delicious shrimp on the menu for two days thanks to you ;).

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Ingredients for Grilled Shrimp Skewers:

1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter
4 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
1 Tbsp cajun spice (provides light heat; it’s not too spicy)
1/2 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
1 Tbsp lemon juice (from 1/2 medium lemon)
2 lbs uncooked large shrimp (21-25 count), peeled and deveined *
12 medium wooden skewers
*Note: To save time, you can buy tail-on shrimp that are already peeled and deveined. We purchased shrimp at Costco

Grilled Garlic Cajun Shrimp Skewers

How to Make Grilled Garlic Cajun Shrimp Skewers:

1. Soak wooden skewers in water 30 min (reduces burning of the sticks). Preheat Grill to med/high (400˚F).

2. Combine all marinade ingredients in a small sauce pan. Bring to a simmer then remove from heat. Pour half of the mixture into a ramekin and leave remaining marinade in pan (You’ll brush on half now and brush on remaining marinade after shrimp are grilled).

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3. Skewer 4 shrimp on each damp skewer without leaving spaces. Lay skewers flat on a rimmed Cookie Sheet. Brush one side of the skewered shrimp with sauce and refrigerate for 2 min until butter firms up. Flip shrimp over, brush second side and refrigerate 2 min until butter firms up.

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4. Place skewers on the barbie and grill shrimp with the lid on about 2 minutes per side or just until cooked through and no longer transparent. Remove shrimp from grill. Don’t overcook or they will be rubbery. Brush on reserved sauce and serve.

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Grilled Garlic Cajun Shrimp Skewers

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Putting shrimp on the grill provides a lightly charred smokiness that makes it irresistible. This grilled shrimp recipe is easy to prep and quick to cook. Brushing on extra marinade at the end ensures great flavor in every bite.
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $25-$27
Serving: 12 skewers (serves 4-6)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 Tbsp cajun spice (provides light heat; it's not too spicy)
  • ½ tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (from ½ medium lemon)
  • 2 lbs uncooked large shrimp (21-25 count), peeled and deveined
  • 12 medium wooden skewers

Instructions

  1. Soak wooden skewers in water 30 min (reduces burning of the sticks). Preheat Grill to med/high (400˚F).
  2. Combine all marinade ingredients in a small sauce pan. Bring to a simmer then remove from heat. Pour half of the mixture into a ramekin and leave remaining marinade in pan (You'll brush on half now and brush on remaining marinade after shrimp are grilled).
  3. Skewer 4 shrimp on each damp skewer without leaving spaces. Lay skewers flat on a rimmed cookie sheet. Brush one side of the skewered shrimp with sauce and refrigerate for 2 min until butter firms up. Flip shrimp over, brush second side and refrigerate 2 min until butter firms up.
  4. Place skewers on the barbie and grill shrimp with the lid on about 2 minutes per side or just until cooked through and no longer transparent. Remove shrimp from grill. Don't overcook or they will be rubbery. Brush on reserved sauce and serve.

Notes

To save time, you can buy tail-on shrimp that are already peeled and deveined. We purchased shrimp at Costco.

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  • Diane Boerstler
    July 14, 2017

    Awesome recipe! Thank you so much for sharing. Me, hubby and the 4 littles truly enjoyed it! Going shrimping tomorrow so hoping to catch at least 20 lbs more per outing (40lbs a week) and marinate/freeze ahead in your sauce. It was so yummy! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 15, 2017

      Now that is alot of shrimp! Wow! Reply

  • June 25, 2017

    I live in Canada where we can buy shrimp either uncooked or cooked. I printed your recipe and when I looked at the ingredients, it didn’t specify uncooked shrimp. I knew they were uncooked from the website but if I make it in a year from the printed version, I wouldn’t have known which to buy (I’m not experienced with shrimp). I’d suggest including picture of the uncooked shrimp on the cookie sheet or adding ‘uncooked’ in front of the word ‘shrimp’. Both suggestions are for the print version of the recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 25, 2017

      Thank you for the tip Janice, I adjusted the recipe in both places 😬. Reply

  • Rosella Anstine
    January 30, 2017

    If its not grilling season, how would recommend cooking the shrimp? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 30, 2017

      Hi Rosella, if you have a large flat griddle or frying pan with a wide enough base, you could sear them on a skillet, or try this baked shrimp method, just be sure not to crowd the shrimp or they will not cook properly. Reply

  • Adeline
    December 13, 2016

    I tried this recipe twice and it was a hit with my family. I skipped the salt as the Cajun seasoning I have contains salt. Thanks for this recipe! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 14, 2016

      My pleasure Adeline! I am glad your family enjoys it as much as mine does! Reply

  • Vicky
    October 22, 2016

    I’m not so much of a shrimp fan, but I gotta say this is one of the best shrimp recipes I have tried! So good. Your recipes are always so flavorful and delicious. Thank you for opening up a blog, and sharing with us all of the amazing recipes! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 22, 2016

      🙂 Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and wonderful review! It really is so encouraging! 🙂 Reply

  • Luda
    August 29, 2016

    Love!!!!!!!!! Reply

  • Mary-Anne Wolf
    July 29, 2016

    I would like to bring this, uncooked, to a party at someone else’s house, and grill it there. I am thinking about ways to transport it involving wax paper.

    Has anyone tried this successfully? How do you prevent the shrimp from sticking together? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 29, 2016

      I haven’t tried it but I think wax paper between layers should keep them from sticking. I wouldn’t keep them marinated for too long before grilling though since there is lemon juice in the marinade which can make shrimp tough if marinated for awhile Reply

  • Becki
    June 25, 2016

    Love this. We serve with cilantro lime rice. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 25, 2016

      Mmm cilantro lime rice sounds so so good!! Reply

  • Kay
    May 24, 2016

    Made these last weekend on the grill and they were a hit! The flavors work so well together, and the lemon provides that fresh zing. Will be making these for Memorial Day. Thanks for the recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 25, 2016

      Thank you for that awesome review and for the idea! I think this is a great choice for Memorial Day! 🙂 Reply

  • Alami Tinggi
    May 9, 2016

    Woaaaa… looking Good
    Shrimp is great for different menu .. I lived in Indonesia with an abundance of marine products Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 9, 2016

      How awesome to live in a place where fresh seafood is abundant! Reply

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