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Easy Grilled Shrimp is full of flavor and easy to make either directly on the grill or on skewers. No marinating required!

Grilled Shrimp on skewers on a white plate.

How do you cook shrimp on the grill?

Shrimp can be cooked directly on the grill grates, just be careful they don’t fall through. Or they can be cooked on skewers or wrapped in aluminum foil or parchment paper.

How long do I cook shrimp on the grill?

Cooking time for shrimp will depend on the size of your shrimp. Jumbo shrimp will cook in approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Shrimp cooks very quickly so watch it closely.

How many calories are in a piece of grilled shrimp?

Actual calories will vary based on the size of your shrimp, but one piece of grilled jumbo shrimp is approximately 8 to 10 calories.

Bird's eye view of Grilled Shrimp on skewers on a white plate.

How do you know if shrimp is cooked?

Raw shrimp is shiny, translucent, and gray. Shrimp is cooked through when it is no longer translucent and pink. The shrimp will also curl into a nice “C” shape.

What will happen if you overcook shrimp?

Overcooked shrimp will become rubbery and chewy and overall unpleasant to eat. They are still edible, they just have an unpleasant texture.

What do you eat with shrimp?

Shrimp can be served as an appetizer or as a main dish. Shrimp pairs well with other seafood, as well as meats, pastas, and salads. It is a very versatile option and there are more options than we could ever list. Here are some of our faorites:

Bird's eye view of Grilled Shrimp on skewers on a white plate.
Easy Grilled Shrimp is full of flavor and easy to make either directly on the grill or on skewers. No marinating required!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Place the shrimp into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Sprinkle paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper over shrimp. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate while grill preheats.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill to high heat, about 500 degrees F. Soak wooden skewers in water, if using, 10 minutes.
  • Either thread shrimp onto skewers to cook, or place the shrimp directly on the grill individually. Be sure that your shrimp are large enough to not fall through the grates if you are not threading them on a skewer.
  • Cook shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes per side until they are no longer translucent. Serve hot.


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 782mg | Potassium: 93mg | Vitamin A: 610IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Shrimp

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5 stars
I didn’t do this on the grill. I have to be honest. I cooked it using the broiler and my glass Pyrex dish. It turned out wonderfully!!!!!! I’m just mad I didn’t make more! I used the colossal tiger shrimp. It was the bomb!!!!!!

Deborah Iseman

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I made this in the oven in my grill pan at 500 degrees. Served it over a beautiful bed of greens. It was so delicious and so fast. Love, love, love the ease and convenience.


Added some pineapple on the skewers to offset the heat of the cayenne. It was great. Will grill again


5 stars
Wonderful mix of spices. Served shrimp with fresh lime wedges excellent!


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Tried this recipe for my shrimp during Memorial Day. It was perfect. I added less Cayenne pepper because I’m a whimp. Had to print this so I will always have it.

Charlie Kessler

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I had my doubts about this recipe. We had it over pasta and alfredo and it was amazing! Really good and I’ll be doing this again for sure. The recipe is versatile and could be done in a variety of ways. Loved it!


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Superb ??


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This was so delicious. Made it twice now: once on the grill and the second time stovetop. Both were great, but of course grill was the best… This was so easy to mix up and absolutely no need to marinate. It will definitely be our go-to shrimp recipe. It’s so, so good. Thank you!


Very good marinade for shrimp. I used ancho chili powder in place of cayenne. Would be perfect for shrimp tacos.


Tried this tonight; what a delight! Put the recipe for the marinade on a recipe card for future use. Think it may go well with pork as well. Thank you for sharing..

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Omg so good i just made it good recipe

Thai Jason

Is it possible to preseason the shrimp…a day before you want to cook them?

UMMMM, Those grill marks and the little crispiness on the edges makes my mouth water!! YUM! Wrap those babies up in a taco!

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Perfect dish for the season ! Thank you !


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Just made grilled shrimp for the first time following this and it was amazing!!!

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