These grilled shrimp skewers are marinated in a perfectly seasoned lemon garlic marinade that leaves the shrimp juicy and flavorful. These BBQ shrimp skewers are delicious as a quick and easy meal after a busy summer day.
Plus, with an array of grilled seasonal vegetables, bbq shrimp kabobs are a healthy whole30 or paleo recipe. Everyone will love this flavorful meal!
Grilled Shrimp Skewers
If you enjoy seafood and are looking for a new way to enjoy your grill this summer, you’ll love this satisfying easy meal.
Me? I love seafood, particularly shrimp. I found this grilled shrimp recipe in an old cookbook and after tweaking the lemon garlic marinade to our taste, it’s become one of our favorite summer barbecue recipes.
I won’t claim that my whole family loves this lemon garlic shrimp recipe. My kids aren’t the biggest fans of shrimp, but that’s fine with me because shrimp is more expensive. I consider shrimp dinners to be more of a special mom-and-dad dinner. The kids can have grilled hotdogs or Hawaiian Teriyaki burgers.
Quick + Healthy Dinner
One of my favorite things about this grilled shrimp recipe is just how simple it is to make.
The lemon garlic marinade takes 5 minutes to mix together and it’s easy to make in the morning before you head out for work or whatever activities you have planned for the day. Just add the shrimp and then when you’re home and ready to eat that evening, you can have a delicious healthy grilled shrimp dinner on the table in about 20 minutes!
Shrimp with Lemon Marinade
The best part of this recipe for me is the lemon marinade, hands down. If you haven’t tried shrimp with lemon before, you are going to be stunned at how well these pair together! The acidic, bright lemon works so well with the sweet shrimp meat. It’s truly one of my favorite combinations!
Making the lemon marinade is simple.
You’ll need minced garlic, fresh or dried parsley, sea salt, black pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, and ground ginger. Mix it all up together and you’re good to go!
How long do you soak shrimp before grilling?
Shrimp is tiny but mighty. Typically shellfish like shrimp don’t need that long to soak to get all that yummy flavor. I recommend soaking the shrimp in the lemon marinade for about an hour.
If you’re wondering how long you can marinate shrimp for, you can do so for up to 2 days. That means if you start marinating your shrimp and you end up making other plans for dinner that night, you can still enjoy delicious grilled shrimp kabobs the next night.
On the other hand, if you’re in a big rush and forget to start the marinade in the morning (as simple as it is, sometimes it happens – I’ve forgotten too), you can marinate the shrimp for less than an hour and your lemon garlic grilled shrimp will still taste delicious.
Tip: while the shrimp is taking its lemon bath, go ahead and soak your wooden skewers in water to prevent them from burning!
Grilled Shrimp Kabobs
This whole30 shrimp recipe makes enough for 4 people. What’s fun about this one is you make it on the grill! Typically when people think of grilling out they are imagining chicken or burgers, but after you try this flavorful shrimp, you’ll be hooked!
- Lemon marinade ingredients: minced garlic, parsley, salt, black pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, and ground ginger
- Shrimp: peeled and deveined
- Vegetables: I used cherry tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, large onion, and lemon, but you can replace with the veggies of your choice.
Do you peel shrimp before grilling?
In this case, yes! Make sure the peel the shrimp and devein it before you marinate them.
How to Make the Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Ready to make these yummy BBQ shrimp? It’s simple!
1. Marinate the Shrimp
Stir the marinade ingredients together, then add the shrimp to the bowl. Make sure your shrimp are covered with the marinade so you’ll get the best flavor. Cover the bowl.
Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour if possible.
Tip: if you’re using wooden skewers, while the shrimp is marinating, you can soak the skewers in water so they don’t burn on the grill.
2. Assemble the Shrimp Kabobs
Assemble your shrimp and vegetable kabobs any way you prefer with the vegetables. Allow for about 4 shrimp per skewer. You may choose to sprinkle a little salt and pepper on your zucchini for a little more flavor.
I love using this Zesty Sea Shakes salt – it’s lower sodium than table salt and contains sea salt, organic seaweed, onion, alfalfa, black pepper, garlic, lemon, and cayenne. It’s one of my favorite salt-like seasonings.
3. Grill the Shrimp Skewers
Heat the grill to around 350 degrees and put your skewers on the grill.
Brush on the leftover marinade for even more garlic lemon flavor.
Grill your Lemon Garlic Shrimp for about 5 minutes per side or until you see nice grill marks and the vegetables are cooked through.
At the same time, place the lemon halves on the grill.
Remove your grilled shrimp skewers and lemons; squeeze lemon juice over each skewer as desired.
5. Serve and Enjoy
If you want, serve with rice or quinoa. Or enjoy your grilled shrimp skewers and vegetables for a healthy whole30 shrimp recipe.
More Healthy Recipes to Try
If you enjoyed this paleo shrimp recipe, you may also like my Hawaiian Teriyaki Turkey Burgers or Easy Tuna Patties. Plus, here’s a list of 30+ healthy Paleo dinner ideas.Print
Lemon Garlic Grilled Shrimp
Grilled shrimp skewers marinated in a perfectly seasoned lemon garlic marinade are perfect as a quick and easy meal after a busy summer day. Plus with an array of grilled seasonal vegetables, this is a healthy whole30 or paleo recipe.
- Prep Time: 60 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: dinner
- Method: grilling
- Cuisine: seafood
- 20 shrimp, large
- 1 tsp garlic, minced
- 1 tsp parsley, dried (or fresh, your preference)
- dash sea salt and pepper
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 5 (or more) cherry tomatoes
- 1 zucchini, med, cut in 1” pieces
- 5 mushrooms
- 1/2 onion, large, cut in chunks
- 1 lemon, cut in half
- Place shrimp in a bowl and season with garlic, parsley, salt and pepper, olive oil, 1 tsp lemon juice and ground ginger. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour or longer.
- While shrimp is marinating, soak wooden skewers in water so they don’t burn on the grill. Begin assembling the skewers with vegetables in any arrangement you prefer. If you desire, sprinkle a little salt and pepper on the veggies, especially the zucchini. Allow for 4 shrimp per skewer.
- Heat your grill to low-medium heat or about 350 degrees.
- Place the skewers on the grill. Brush on leftover marinade for even more flavor (optional.) Cook for approximately 5 minutes per side, or until you see the development of nice grill marks and the vegetables are cooking through.
- At the same time, place the lemon halves, cut side down, on the grill as well. Remove from grill when the skewers are cooked through.
- Upon serving, squeeze the lemons over the skewers. Enjoy!
Optional: serve with rice or quinoa if you prefer some carbs.
Keywords: bbq, grill, shrimp skewers, kabobs, vegetable, lemon garlic marinade,
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valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
My hubby loves seafood, he’d probably eat it every day if he could. I think he would enjoy these quite a bit.
Ohhhh yes! I love shrimp, especially on the grill! You knocked this recipe out of the park!
Amber Edwards says
You had me at grilled shrimp! Oh my goodness these both look and sound amazing! I gotta try this!
Do you know, I’ve never had shrimp? My mom is absolutely crazy for it though! She just made a batch last week. I will definitely share this recipe with her, I bet she’d love it! I think she just put butter on hers or something, this is way more classy!
I realized that I had recently pinned your recipe! 🙂 It looked SO amazing I couldn’t help myself. Dinner soon! 🙂