Grilled Shrimp Seasoning

As an “adult” far removed from the classroom, I subconsciously look for signs that tell me I can set down my pencil and put away my backpack. School’s out, let summer begin! One of the earliest indicators that my favorite season has arrived is the first time we fire up our grill. I finally cleared that bad boy off this week, which means it is time for my go-to Grilled Shrimp Seasoning!

4-Ingredient Grilled Shrimp Seasoning. Perfect blend of spices for making the best easy grilled shrimp! Use this recipe for grilled garlic shrimp skewers in the summer or baked shrimp all year long.

This Grilled Shrimp Seasoning is only four ingredients, three if you discount the salt. I bet you have all of them in your pantry right now.

It doesn’t require you to marinade the shrimp first. As someone who loves the idea of grilled shrimp marinade (especially if it’s for Coconut Pineapple Shrimp Skewers) but often lacks the foresight or patience to marinate it first, not needing to block off the extra prep time earns this recipe a shiny gold star in my dinner book.

No grill? No problem! You can use this same Grilled Shrimp Seasoning to make baked shrimp instead.

And, this Grilled Shrimp Seasoning’s most important feature of all: it makes some seriously juicy, fabulously flavored grilled garlic shrimp.

Ready to live your best, easiest summer life? Me too! Let’s grill!Lemon and Garlic Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Easy Grilled Shrimp Seasoning – Here’s How to Season Your Shrimp

If you’ve been wondering what spices are good for shrimp, this combo nails it:

  • Garlic: Garlic and shrimp are flavor besties. We’ve been here before (ahem, Garlic Shrimp Pasta; Garlic Shrimp with Quinoa; Healthy Shrimp Scampi), and we are going back again.
  • Kosher Salt: A seasoning essential.
  • Italian Seasoning: Surprising and delightful with grilled garlic shrimp. I love Italian seasoning because it gives you a mix of herbs and spices in every spoonful.
  • Cayenne: The subtle heat (or not so subtle heat depending upon your preference) comes at the end and will have your reaching for a second helping.

You can mix this Grilled Shrimp Seasoning blend up in advance and store it in an airtight container if you like. Then, when it’s time to grill, mix it with a fresh squeeze of lemon, drizzle of olive oil, and your shrimp are ready for the barbie.

Easy Grilled Shrimp Seasoning

I use this seasoning most often as a grilled shrimp skewers recipe because I find skewers to be the easiest, but if you decide to bake the shrimp instead (or if your shrimp are large enough to fit on the grill grates directly), you can skip them.

For easy grilled shrimp recipes, I like these double prong grill skewers. I used simple wood skewers for the photos. If you go the wood route, be sure to soak the skewers first or they will burn (trust me).

Easy 4-ingredient Grilled Shrimp Seasoning

What to Serve with Grilled Shrimp

Now that you’re primed for some juicy bbq grilled shrimp, let’s talk about what to serve alongside it. A few of my favorites:

BBQ Grilled Shrimp Skewers

In many ways, this deliciously simple grilled shrimp recipe reflects how I hope our summers will be.

It’s low-maintenance, quick enough to allow you to be spontaneous, and made to be shared.

Put down your pencils and pick up your grill tongs. School’s out and bbq shrimp are in!

4-Ingredient Grilled Shrimp Seasoning. Perfect blend of spices for making the best easy grilled shrimp! Use this recipe for grilled garlic shrimp skewers in the summer or baked shrimp all year long.
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Grilled Shrimp Seasoning

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
4-Ingredient Grilled Shrimp Seasoning. Perfect blend of spices for making the best easy grilled shrimp! Use this recipe for grilled shrimp skewers or bake the shrimp in the oven. Great for simple, healthy dinners and party appetizers.


For the Shrimp Seasoning:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon  Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 to 1/2  teaspoon cayenne pepper — use 1/4 if sensitive to spice

For Grilling:

  • tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice — from about 1/2 small lemon
  • 1 pound  shrimp — peeled and deveined (use jumbo, 15-18 count shrimp to cook directly on the grill without skewers; if using smaller shrimp, skewer then cook for less time)
  • Canola or vegetable oil for the grill


  1. Preheat an indoor grill pan or outdoor grill to high. To cook the shrimp in the oven, preheat the broiler. If broiling, line a sheet pan with foil and coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the seasoning ingredients: garlic powder, salt, Italian seasoning, and cayenne. Drizzle in the olive oil and lemon juice and stir into a paste.
  3. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. If using smaller shrimp, thread them on metal skewers or wooden skewers that have been soaked in water for at least 1 hour. Brush the grill or grill pan with canola oil. Grill or broil the shrimp, just until pink and opaque, about 2 to 3 minutes per side, turning once half way through (discard the extra liquid/spices that is left at the bottom of the bowl). Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Grilled shrimp is best enjoyed the day it is made but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. I like to use the leftovers on top of salad or tossed with pasta.
  • Make ahead tip: You can multiply this seasoning blend by as many times as you like, then store it in a jar. For each pound of shrimp, use 1 tablespoon, plus 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Nutritional information is an estimate and had been calculated using half the amount of the spices and marinade to account for the portion that is left in the bottom of the bowl.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Seasoning Recipe, Grilled Shrimp Seasoning

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 4)) — Calories: 102, Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 173mg, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 28g

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  1. We just finally bought a grill this year, and I am SO excited to finally be able to grill skewers/kabobs for summer!!

  2. shawnna Griffin Reply

    hey girl- this makes me sooo hungry for shrimp right now! Supper time! Y’all have a great weekend! I’ll be going to a bake sale tomorrow for our church kids they are raising money for camp next month! I made choc. chip cookies and peanut butter oatmeal cookies (yummy).

  3. Wow, this is SO easy!! Love it!

  4. Hi Erin! This one was not a winner for me, sorry lady! I think it was the Italian Seasoning that didn’t win me over. But the cayenne provided a nice heat to it and they were super easy to make!

    • Hi Cat! I’m sorry this didn’t hit the spot for you. Maybe next time you can try it without Italian seasoning. Regardless, I know it’s disappointing to try a new recipe and not have it come out as expected, so I wish you would have loved it!

      • Oh I definitely will try it again without the Italian Seasoning. I wouldn’t call this a disappointment. Half of the fun of cooking is trying new things – even if they aren’t what you expected! (Plus, I usually make a smaller batch when I try something new so if I don’t love it, I don’t feel like I wasted a lot.)

  5. Delicious!  Cooked on the grill and served with basmati rice and grilled zucchini. Everything came together quickly and it was the perfect light meal. Looking forward to making this a lot this summer.

    • Thank you so much for the positive feedback, Kerrie! I am thrilled it will be a regular in your meal rotation this summer. Enjoy!

  6. Tested this out for Memorial Day and we loved it! Going to serve to my guests with veggie skewers on the side. Thanks for an easy recipe!

  7. Erin, I followed your recipe adding paprika and a bit less cayenne to the blend.  I couldn’t resist throwing a few skewers of fresh mushrooms and baby sweet peppers also dusted in the shrimp seasoning, onto the grill.  Best kabobs ever!  We stuffed it all into grilled pita bread and spooned in my homemade zitziki sauce.  Sooo good! I want to experiment and try this blend on boneless chicken!

    • Hi Alan! Thank you so much for the positive feedback! Your mushroom/sweet pepper skewers sound incredibly delicious. Let me know what you think if you try the spice blend with chicken – enjoy!

  8. Super easy and super delicious just as described! This will become a weeknight staple this summer!

  9. Thos was so easy and very good. Will make it again and again.

  10. This was seriously amazing. My husband, 14-year-old son and I practically fought each other over the shrimp when if came off the grill. I followed the recipe exactly and will again and again!  Soooo good! Thank you!!!

  11. First time in this website and of course, making this recipe! Delicious! Used 2 lbs of shrimp with the same amount of seasoning and it was just right for my MIL and me. We are doing the OPTAVIA diet so this went perfect with our salad! Thank you! 

  12. Wow that was super good! Im going to have it as my starter plate when my family comes in town. Instead of the kosher salt i used Mr Binghams seasoning and i really think it made it just near perfect.

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