Grilled Shrimp skewers served on a white platter square

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Note that this recipe serves 4 as an appetizer, if you're serving as a main dish, double the recipe. String the shrimp onto two skewers to them very easy to turn on the grill.
Course Appetizer
Keyword easy, grilled, pescatarian, quick, summer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 233kcal


  • 10 9-inch bamboo skewers soaked in water 15-30 minutes
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper or more
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound medium or large shrimp peeled except for the tail and deveined


  • Preheat grill to medium-high.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together cilantro, salt, pepper, cayenne and olive oil. Add shrimp and gently toss to coat.
  • Run one skewer through the fattest part of 7 or 8 shrimp (depending on shrimp size), nesting the shrimp so they are curved in the same direction. Run a second skewer through all of the shrimp near the tail. Adjust shrimp, giving each a little space, to help them cook evenly. Repeat with remaining shrimp and skewers.
  • Grill 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until shrimp are just cooked through. Transfer to platter and serve.



Calories: 233kcal | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 285mg | Sodium: 1027mg | Potassium: 90mg | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 2.5mg