How to Grill Jumbo Shrimp

Not many people out there can say they dislike shrimp. One of the few near-universal loves of foodies across the globe, shrimp, prawns, and other shellfish of their nature are a tasty treat loaded with possibilities in how they can be cooked.

Fresh shrimp can be used in tons of different dishes, many of them also extremely easy to make. For our purposes today, we'll be focusing on grilling them alongside a delicious chimichurri sauce, making for a zesty and spicy BBQ masterpiece.

Let's cover how to grill jumbo shrimp and get started.

Grilled shrimp skewers on white plate with a bowl of chimichurri sauce.

Servings: 5 skewers

Prep Time: 10 mins.

Cook Time: 16 mins.

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients

Fresh shrimp on skewers, garlic, crushed red pepper and vinegar/oil in the background.

For the Chimichurri Sauce:

  • ½ cup parsley
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Shrimp:

  • 1 lb. raw jumbo shrimp, cleaned and peeled
  • Salt and pepper

Step #2. Make the Chimichurri Sauce

Parsley and garlic transferring from cutting board to a blender jar.

Combine all of the chimichurri ingredients (except the crushed red pepper) in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add the crushed red pepper (this way you’ll be adding texture). Season with salt and pepper. Reserve.

Red wine vinegar pouring into blender jar.
A measuring spoon of olive oil pouring into blender jar with parsley.
Crushed red pepper getting added to chimichurri.

Step #3. Skewer the Jumbo Shrimp

Woman's hand sprinkling salt on shrimp skewers.

Place the jumbo shrimp onto skewers and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Woman's hand grinding pepper onto shrimp skewers.

Step #4. Grill the Jumbo Shrimp

Woman's hand adding shrimp skewers to bbq grill.

Preheat barbecue to medium-high heat. Grill the shrimp until they change color to bright pink (around 8 minutes on each side).

Woman's hand turning shrimp skewers on outdoor grill.
Cooked jumbo shrimp skewers on bbq.

Step #5. Serve with Chimichurri Sauce

Grilled shrimp skewers on white plate.
Grilled shrimp skewers on white plate with a bowl of chimichurri sauce.
Grilled shrimp skewers on white plate with a bowl of chimichurri sauce.
Grilled shrimp skewers on white plate with a bowl of chimichurri sauce.
Grilled shrimp skewers on white plate with a bowl of chimichurri sauce.
Grilled shrimp skewers on white plate with a bowl of chimichurri sauce.
Grilled shrimp skewers on white plate with a bowl of chimichurri sauce.

Grilled shrimp are a marvel of the food world, possessing a smoky aroma and marvelously crispy exterior. With this guide, you'll have everything you need to make just that, pairing perfectly with the included herbaceous chimichurri sauce recipe.

This is only just the beginning, though. There's plenty you can do to make this grilled shrimp recipe even more amazing. You could try a full spice rub for your shrimp or a marinade. You might even try grilling them in the shell to see how that affects flavor and texture. The possibilities are endless.

If you're wondering what to serve with grilled shrimp, you've got similarly diverse options. In addition to the chimichurri, you could try some grilled pineapple and rice. Maybe a nice cocktail sauce if you'd prefer. Don't be afraid to experiment with any part of this recipe as shrimp are one of the most adaptable foods you can cook, lending themselves well to all kinds of variation.

What's your favorite way to eat shrimp? Grilled, boiled, battered, or fried, they're all quite delicious. At the end of the day, it's hard to go wrong, especially with such a good recipe to serve as your base.

How to Grill Jumbo Shrimp

For our purposes today, we'll be focusing on grilling them alongside a delicious chimichurri sauce, making for a zesty and spicy BBQ masterpiece.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 5 skewers
Calories 192kcal
Author Joss D

Ingredients

For the Chimichurri Sauce:

  • ½ cup parsley
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Shrimp:

  • 1 lb. raw jumbo shrimp cleaned and peeled
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Tools

Instructions

  • Combine all of the chimichurri ingredients (except the crushed red pepper) in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add the crushed red pepper (this way you’ll be adding texture). Season with salt and pepper. Reserve.
    Crushed red pepper getting added to chimichurri.
  • Place the jumbo shrimp onto skewers and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    Woman's hand grinding pepper onto shrimp skewers.
  • Preheat barbecue to medium-high heat. Grill the shrimp until they change color to bright pink (around 8 minutes on each side).
    Cooked jumbo shrimp skewers on bbq.
  • Serve with chimichurri sauce.
    Grilled shrimp skewers on white plate with a bowl of chimichurri sauce.
Nutrition Facts
How to Grill Jumbo Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 229mg76%
Sodium 727mg30%
Potassium 200mg6%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 900IU18%
Vitamin C 11.9mg14%
Calcium 238mg24%
Iron 4.7mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or dipping sauce.

Notes

The nutrition information for this recipe includes the chimichurri sauce.
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