Easy Zesty Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Grilled Shrimp close up
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Total Time: 10 min
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Servings: 3 servings (7-8 shrimp each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

288 calories
20g fat
6g carbs
23g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 servings (7-8 shrimp each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 189mg 63%
Sodium 1612mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g  
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 23g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 273mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Shrimp are so quick to cook that the main danger is simply cooking them too long and ending up with tough, rubbery shrimp. Use this quick and easy method to turn out perfect, delicious grilled shrimp that are great for anyone on a low carb diet.


  • 1 pound shrimp (shelled and deveined, see note below about size)
  • 1/4 cup oil (olive or other)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (grated)
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or other dried hot pepper such as pepper flakes)
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1 tablespoon sugar


  1. Mix all ingredients except for the shrimp together. Taste. Now is the time to make adjustments and balance the flavors according to your own tastes. The flavors will be quite a bit muted in the final dish, so make it a little spicier than you want the shrimp to be. If it seems too sour, add a bit of sweetener, but the flavor should still be bright, as the citrus will also be less sour in the by the time you marinate and cook with it.

  2. Marinate the shrimp for 15-20 minutes before grilling. No longer, as the citrus will start to "cook" the protein. Put the shrimp on skewers if that is how you are doing it.

  3. Heat the grill and oil the grill or rack. The grill or rack should be quite hot before putting the shrimp on. They will cook in only 1 to 2 minutes on each side if the grill is hot. If you're doing it on a vegetable rack, lay them out, and almost as soon as you get them all laid out, you'll start turning the first ones over.

  4. They are ready when they are just finished turning opaque all the way through.


Choosing Shrimp: The larger the shrimp, the more expensive, and yet the easier to grill. You can save money by using medium-large shrimp labeled "20-25" meaning that's how many you get in a pound. If you do this, there are basically two methods of grilling so they don't fall into the fire. Either put them on skewers or grill them on a rack or basket meant for vegetables (these are called different things, but basically are a way to grill items that would be in danger of falling through the grate otherwise).

If you buy jumbo shrimp, you probably won't have to put them on skewers or a rack, depending on how far apart the bars on your grill grate are.

If Your Shrimp Are in the Shell: You don't really have to peel the shrimp before grilling; you can grill them in their shells, although it will take longer. Then you guests will peel them at the table, which can be fun.

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