February 3, 2010

Shrimp on a Stick

Yesterday in my post on Mardi Gras street foods, I mentioned shrimp-on-a-stick. Today, I share with you four of my recipes that I like at home.

Shrimp skewers are great grilled outside, but are also good cooked in a grilling pan on the stove and even can even be baked in the oven. I prefer grilled outside and to me, the taste is so much better. All four recipes are the marinade and are good for about two pounds of shrimp.

First, peel and if desired, devein the shrimp: place in a large container or zip bag. Mix the marinade well and pour over the shrimp tossing to coat. Let it set for about an hour in the refrigerator while the wooden skewers are soaking in water. Thread the shrimp, about 6 per, onto the skewers. Heat the grill to medium high heat and cook for 2 or 3 minutes each side. You will know when they are done when they turn a nice overall pink color. Baste with the marinade on the first side if desirable. Serve ‘em up and enjoy!

Basic BBQ
2 tablespoon of Old Bay Seasoning
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- add lime or lemon juice if desired

Spicy Sweet
1/3 cup limejuice
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Jamaican jerk seasoning
3 dashes hot pepper sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

Citrus Sweet
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon limejuice
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 small shallot, grated
1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, grated
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 cup honey


  1. Aha....I'm going to have fun when summer comes....prawns BBQ. I've copied down the marinades. Love the ingredients.

  2. No doubt, Drick is the best seafood chef! Such wonderful shrimp BBQ recipes.

  3. Bought shrimp and screwers yesterday have everything but that jerk seasoning, not sure what that taste likes but will be stopping to get that as well, I have to try this...am also going to put pieces of pineapple in between the shrimp since I had a fresh one sliced up, thanks again, you fixed my dinner for me tonight!!! XXXOOO

  4. I can't decide my favorite one - probably a tie between garlic and spicy sweet? Oh, I WISH it would be warm enough to grill soon!!!!

  5. @MaryMoh - thanks, but I know you do not need any reason to cook shrimp

    @My Little Space - I think you are a little bias...but very complimentary

    @pegasuslegend - let me know where to find those shrimp screwers and how they worked out - the pineapple is a must

  6. Terrific marinades. I'm saving them for the future. You could use them with a lot of things.

  7. Really like the idea of using different marinades to change it up a bit, keeps the folks interested too. "Shrimp skewers again?" Yeah, but with Spicy Sweet flavor this time.


  8. Thanks for giving the go-ahead to pan fry! As much as I crave the grilled shrimp right now - it ain't happenin' in this Chicago winter. I think that I just might try some of these maranades on fish too. ~Mary

  9. That's a lovely shrimp presentation, love the garlic shrimp marinade.

  10. How I love options! These sound fantastic to me, but the citrus sweet version really grabbed my attention.

  11. All of these marinades sound teriffic. Looking forward to giving them a try.

  12. I want all of these! Your next cookbook really should be a shrimp cookbook. You are the king of shrimp for sure!