This Citrus Marinated Grilled Shrimp is an easy grilled shrimp kabob recipe marinated in fresh citrus and herbs, and grilled on an outdoor grill for a smokey flavor.

quick and easy Citrus Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Citrus Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Summer grilling season is here and this Citrus Marinated Grilled Shrimp is one of my favorite grilled shrimp recipes! Fresh squeezed citrus juices (orange, lemon, and lime) are mixed with herbs, and garlic to make a bright, flavorful marinade. Then you thread the shrimp onto wooden skewers before tossing them on the grill.

Shrimp is great for a fast weeknight meal because it cooks so quickly. You can throw the marinade together in the morning and then when you get home from work toss shrimp in it while your grill heats up. The shrimp only needs to cook for 2-3 minutes on each side and dinner is served!

 

Citrus Marinated Grilled Shrimp skewers

What Size Shrimp Should I Use for Grilling?

I purchased medium shrimp for this recipe so I could fit 4 on a skewer. I would not go any smaller than that but you can certainly go bigger. Large, and jumbo shrimp both work! Just remember that the larger the shrimp the longer it will take to cook.

Do You Peel Shrimp Before Grilling?

Yes, it can be hard to peel grilled shrimp so I recommend using peeled, deveined shrimp. I do leave the tail-on to give myself something to hold onto when I’m pulling them off of the skewers and eating them, plus I think grilled tail-on shrimp just look tastier, but you don’t have to leave them on if you prefer not to.

Do I Have to Use Skewers?

Shrimp are the perfect thing to grill on a skewer because you can lay them directly on the grill grate without having to worry about them falling through. You can also use a grill pan if you prefer to skip the skewers.

How to Make Citrus Marinated Grilled Shrimp:

  1. In a large bowl combine the olive oil, zest and juice from oranges, lemons, and limes, minced garlic, ginger, parsley, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Whisk together.
  2. Set 1/2 cup of the marinade to the side.
  3. Place the shrimp into the large bowl and toss to coat. Cover the bowl or place shrimp in an airtight container, or resealable bag, and place them in the refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes – 1 hour.
  4. Once the shrimp is done marinating take it out of the container, removing any excess marinade as you place the shrimp onto skewers. Dispose the remaining marinade after all of the shrimp skewered (keep the small portion you set aside before marinating the shrimp).
  5. Grill over high heat for 2-3 minutes per side or until shrimp is pink and opaque, indicating that it is cooked through.
  6. Before serving drizzle the unused marinade (no raw shrimp should have touched this marinade) over the cooked shrimp.

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Servings: 4 2 skewers (8 shrimp)
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Marinate: 30 mins
Total Time: 30 mins

Citrus Marinated Grilled Shrimp

This Citrus Marinated Grilled Shrimp is an easy grilled shrimp kabob recipe marinated in fresh citrus and herbs, and grilled on an outdoor grill for a smokey flavor.
quick and easy Citrus Marinated Grilled Shrimp
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Medium - Large shrimp, peeled and de-veined, tail-on
  • 1 cup Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon Orange zest
  • 2 tablespoon Lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoon Lime zest
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup Lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger, grated
  • 1/4 cup Parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine the olive oil, zest and juice from oranges, lemons, and limes, minced garlic, ginger, parsley, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Whisk together.
  • Set 1/2 cup of the marinade to the side.
  • Place the shrimp into a large freezer bag, or an airtight container and pour the remaining marinade over them. Toss the shrimp to coat and seal them into the container or bag and place them in the refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes - 1 hour.
  • Once the shrimp is done marinating take it out of the container, removing any excess marinade as you place the shrimp on skewers. Dispose the remaining marinade after all of the shrimp skewered (keep the small portion you set aside before marinating the shrimp).
  • Grill for 2-3 minutes per side or until shrimp is pink and cooked through.
  • Before serving drizzle the unused marinade (no raw shrimp should have touched this marinade) over the cooked shrimp.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 2skewers (approximately 8 shrimp), Calories: 244kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 46g, Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 571mg, Sodium: 2347mg, Potassium: 238mg, Vitamin A: 7.7%, Vitamin C: 30.3%, Calcium: 34.5%, Iron: 28.7%
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled shrimp, how to grill shrimp, marinade for shrimp

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This recipe was originally published on April 22, 2015. It was republished with an updated recipe (removing tequila) and updated photos on June 19, 2019.