With only four ingredients and oodles of flavor, this Grilled Shrimp Seasoning is the ultimate kitchen secret weapon! It uses simple, everyday pantry ingredients to create restaurant-worthy flavor.
Why You’ll Love This Easy Seasoning
- Simple. Not much beats Grilled Shrimp in the summer. This grilled shrimp seasoning only uses four ingredients, three if you discount the salt. I bet you have all of them in your pantry right now. Unlike Shrimp Kabobs with Pineapple, it doesn’t require you to marinate the shrimp either (but I know you’ll love my Grilled Shrimp Marinade too!). You can have this grilled shrimp on your table in no time!
- Delicious. Despite its modest ingredients list, this seasoning makes some seriously juicy, fabulously flavored grilled garlic shrimp (it even works wonderfully on a grilled Shrimp Burger). It’s the perfect blend of savory, spicy, and herby flavors!
- Versatile. As with my Air Fryer Shrimp, this simple grilled shrimp will pair nicely with just about any side dish. You can even toss it into salads (like Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad), pastas, rice dishes (like Turmeric Rice), and more!
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How to Make Grilled Shrimp Seasoning
For the Shrimp
- Shrimp. Protein-rich, quick-cooking, and neutral in flavor, shrimp is a true crowd-pleaser. It tastes ultra delicious when grilled with this simple seasoning.
- Olive Oil. Helps the seasoning mixture stick to the shrimp.
- Lemon Juice. Adds brightness and acidity.
For the Seasoning
- Garlic. Garlic and shrimp are flavor besties. We’ve been here before (ahem, Garlic Shrimp Pasta; Garlic Shrimp with Quinoa; Garlic Butter Shrimp), 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 you reaching for a second helping.
- Preheat. Preheat the appliance you’re using.
- Prepare the Seasoning. Stir until it becomes a paste.
- Season the Shrimp. Grill about 2 to 3 minutes per side, turning once halfway through. ENJOY!
- To Store. Grilled shrimp is best enjoyed the day it is made but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
- To Reheat. Very gently rewarm shrimp in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in the microwave.
- To Freeze. Freeze shrimp in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
Meal Prep Tip
Like my perfect Salmon Seasoning, 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.
What to Serve with Grilled Shrimp
- Vegetables. This shrimp would be tasty with Grilled Cauliflower Steaks, Air Fryer Asparagus, or Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
- Pasta. From Lemon Pasta to Pesto Pasta, grilled shrimp is the perfect addition to a pasta dish.
- Salad. Pair grilled shrimp with Italian Farro Salad, Moroccan Chickpea Salad, or Watermelon Feta Salad.
- Rice. Mushroom Risotto, Lemon Rice, or stovetop brown rice would be delicious.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- Skewers. Either double prong grill skewers or simple wood skewers would work well.
- Mixing Bowls. A set of mixing bowls is essential in every kitchen.
- Measuring Spoons. These are magnetic for easy storage.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- No Grill? No Problem. Don’t let the lack of a grill (or poor grilling weather) hold you back! You can make this recipe without a grill. Use the seasoning to make delicious baked shrimp instead.
- Know When It’s Done. We want to avoid overcooking our shrimp at all costs. Aside from following the cook time listed in the recipe, you can visually assess your shrimp to make sure you know when it’s done. The shrimp is done when it is lightly pink on the outside and white on the inside.
- Make Extra. I have the best news ever! 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. Future you will be so glad you made extra!
Grilled Shrimp Seasoning
For the Shrimp Seasoning:
- 2 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- TO STORE: 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.
- TO MAKE AHEAD: 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can use frozen shrimp to make this recipe. Just make sure that the shrimp is fully thawed and patted dry before using it.
For jumbo shrimp (which is what this recipe calls for), it will take about 4 to 6 minutes to grill shrimp. However, every grill is different, so I strongly recommend checking your shrimp early and often. Shrimp will overcook quickly!
If your shrimp has become tough and chewy, it was likely overcooked. It’s important that you follow the cook time listed and remove your shrimp early if needed. While the texture may be off, the flavor should still be delicious!