Grilled Garlic Cajun Shrimp Skewers

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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

5 from 20 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
(Irresistibly delicious) Grilled Garlic Cajun Shrimp Skewers | NatashasKitchen.com
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.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $25-$27
Servings: 12 skewers (serves 4-6)

Ingredients

  • 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

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.

Recipe 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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  • rosa
    June 22, 2018

    Hi Natasha..as much as i love shrimp i can’t have it anymore or any shellfish due to my high cholesterol 🙁 can i swap the shrimp for boneless chicken breast;cut up in chunks? if so do i need to change/add anything to the recipe? how long do i cook them on a grilling pan inside? sorry for all the questions Natasha just making sure i get everything right 🙂 love all your recipes n have a blessed day! Reply

    • Natasha
      June 23, 2018

      Hi Rosa, I haven’t tested this recipe as chicken skewers so I won’t be able to provide exact recommendations but I think it’s worth experimenting! We usually grill chicken skewers about 12-14 minutes total but it will depend on how thickly you slice the pieces before skewering and the heat level. I would cut a piece of chicken at 12 minutes and check for doneness. Reply

  • Harlie
    May 12, 2018

    I tried this for my roommate last year for Father’s Day. He decided he was too hungry & didn’t want to wait for it to be skewed, so we just put it in the sauce & cooked it that way. It is now his favorite shrimp recipe! I tried it again with the skews & grilling it, but he doesn’t really like it that way. Whenever he wants his shrimp, he asks me to make the sauce & he couldn’t be happier. 😸 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 12, 2018

      I’m happy to hear the recipe is a hit with you and your Dad! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • Alina
    May 12, 2018

    Can you make these the day before and leave them in the refrigerator to marinate? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 13, 2018

      Hi Alina, I would not keep them marinated for too long since there is lemon juice in the marinade which can make shrimp tough if marinated for awhile Reply

  • Diane Champoux
    May 3, 2018

    I haven’t tried these yet but look forward to. From all of the wonderful comments and based on my experience from making several of your recipes I know they will be great.
    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 3, 2018

      They’re popular for good reason, please let me know what you think of the recipe Diane! Reply

  • Duane
    April 25, 2018

    Wow!!! Absolutely fantastic. Some of if not the best tasting shrimp I ever had. Recipe is spot on I didn’t change a thing. A must try recipe you will not regret. My go to from now on I’m already ready to make more. 👍👍 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 25, 2018

      Awesome!!! I’m happy to hear how much you love the recipe Duane! Thanks for sharing your excellent review with other readers! Reply

  • Debbie
    December 2, 2017

    Made this for dinner tonight and loved it! Not to spicy, just the right amount of kick! Great flavor! Thank you for the recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 3, 2017

      Debbie, thank you for the nice review and you are very welcome 😬 Reply

  • 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

  • May 2, 2016

    I made these tonight on the BBQ and they’re absolutely delicious. The perfect dose of spice. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 2, 2016

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

      • marcie
        July 4, 2016

        will be
        making it tonight for the 3rd time using the Cajun instead of Chili Peppers which is too spicy according to my Honey! Reply

  • Anna Butler
    April 29, 2016

    On this grilled shrimp recipe, can you use the frozen already cooked, peeled,and deveined shrimp? And if so, how long would you grill them for? Thank you!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 30, 2016

      I don’t think pre-cooked shrimp would work well in this recipe. They will juice out and become rubbery when grilled. This is why when cooking with shrimp, I always prefer raw shrimp. Cooked shrimp is great for salsas and salads but if you try to cook them again, they won’t take on much flavor and just end up firm. Reply

  • Heather
    April 25, 2016

    Do you thaw the shrimp before putting them on the skewer or do they go on frozen? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 26, 2016

      The shrimp are thawed. 🙂 Reply

  • April
    April 5, 2016

    I made these a couple of weeks ago, and they were AWESOME! My fiance made sure I saved the recipe 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 5, 2016

      I’m so happy you both loved it!! Thank you for the awesome review! 🙂 Reply

  • Patrick
    April 1, 2016

    Seriously darn good, spiced them up a bit more than called for but really great recipe, thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 1, 2016

      Thank you Patrick for the nice review, I’m glad you enjoyed it 😁. Reply

  • Ron
    February 28, 2016

    Made them last night and my wife said its the best thing I’ve ever made (and she loves most things I make)!!
    KILLER!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 28, 2016

      That’s so great Ron! Thank you for sharing that with me :). Reply

  • Gina
    December 2, 2015

    I made these last night and they were AMAZING! it was like eating at a restaurant! My family loved them!
    thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 2, 2015

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you Gina! 🙂 Reply

  • Mariya
    September 1, 2015

    This recipe is amazing! It was too cold outside for the bbq so I put them in the oven at 450 for about 10-12min (no skewers lol). They were so good! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 1, 2015

      Even easier! Awesome!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the shrimp 🙂 Reply

  • Anita
    July 11, 2015

    I have a George Foreman electrin indoor grill do you think I can prepare this recipe with the same results. Thanks in advance. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 11, 2015

      Anita, that should work :). It won’t have the same smoky flavor that outdoor grill would bring but it will still taste great. Reply

  • Kerri
    July 7, 2015

    I can’t wait to try these shrimp! In one of your other posts, you mentioned that you liked a particular dish with this Grilled Garlic Cajun shrimp Skewers. Now I can’t recall which one. Can you let me know please? Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 7, 2015

      Kerri, I believe it was this salad. Let me know how they turn out :). Reply

  • cheryl
    June 29, 2015

    This sounds wonderful! But I don’t have a bbq. What’s the next best thing???? Broiling or sauteing??? Marinade sounds just divine. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 30, 2015

      You could do either. If you have a pan large enough, sautéing would be fine, otherwise broil them, turning as you would on the BBQ. Reply

  • farzan
    June 27, 2015

    I cooked this recipe with grilled salmon ,shrimps were greasy but fantastic . Reply

  • Yelena
    June 17, 2015

    Do you put these on the grill frozen? Also any nice sides for this? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 17, 2015

      I haven’t tried that – do you want to pre-make them, marinate and skewer them and then freeze? I’ve been putting menu/ pairing ideas for my recipes in my weekly newsletter. Here’s the one for this recipe: https://madmimi.com/s/ab3846
      If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here: https://natashaskitchen.com/subscribe/ Reply

      • Yelena
        June 17, 2015

        Sorry I guess my question wasn’t clear, my shrimp is frozen currently, to make this would thaw it first or add the marinade to frozen shrimp? Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          June 17, 2015

          You definitely want to thaw the shrimp before using it in this recipe. 🙂 Reply

  • Anna
    June 8, 2015

    I just made them for dinner, they tast like restaurant style…. Even better… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 8, 2015

      Oh awesome!! I’m so happy you enjoyed the shrimp. Now I wish I had some leftover! 🙂 Reply

  • June 2, 2015

    Yummy! Shrimp are so tasty straight off the grill! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 2, 2015

      They totally are; the aroma and taste always remind me of the honeymoon in Mexico 🙂 Reply

  • Natasha
    June 1, 2015

    Where do u buy shrimp ? Frozen that come in bags or fresh ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 1, 2015

      I buy them frozen in bags at Costco or Fred Meyer. They are nice at Costco because they are peeled, deveined and still have the end of the tail on which is exactly how I like to peel my shrimp. It saves me alot of time to buy them that way 🙂 Reply

  • Yay for grilling! Perfect for busy mamas and clean up is so easy. This recipe looks like a total winner! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 1, 2015

      Thank you so much Julie. Yes, there really is very little cleanup with this recipe and I love that too! Reply

  • Evelyn
    May 29, 2015

    Love love shrimp! Thanks for the delicious recipe… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 29, 2015

      You are very welcome Evelyn :). Reply

  • May 29, 2015

    Yummy! This looks mouthwatering!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 29, 2015

      Thank you Lea, your mouth probably would water even more if you knew how good they taste :). Reply

  • Olga
    May 29, 2015

    This looks delicious. my husband would take 2-3 sticks right away. I’m not s big fan of shrimp but my huby is so one day I will definetly make it. Natasha thanks for all of ur good recipes. God bless u. 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 29, 2015

      Thank you Olga so much :). Blessings to you also and I hope your husband loves these and I also secretly hope they make a shrimp fan out of you 😉 Reply

    • June 1, 2015

      If my husband ONLY ate 2-3 sticks of these right away, I’m lucky! He’d probably eat the whole pan before the company even got to sample! Oh well, he’s the grill man here and we will definitely be making these! He’s such a big shrimp man. (No a shrimpy man, I don’t think he’d like that comparison). Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        June 1, 2015

        Lol. I’m glad you clarified that. Ha ha! Yeah, my husband is the same way, that’s why I put 4-6 servings. Reply

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