THEE BEST Grilled Shrimp

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The BEST Grilled Shrimp is the perfect weeknight meal because it is super quick, full of flavor, and so easy to make.  Everyone will absolutely love and devour it!!

A couple of my most popular shrimp recipes include Creamy Tuscan Garlic Shrimp or Creamy Garlic Shrimp Alfredo. They both include my tried and true creamy homemade sauces and are a must try if you love shrimp!

Grilled shrimp on a white plate.

Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Grilling shrimp is a great way to cook this very popular seafood. The grill gives them a fantastic smoky flavor and adds to the perfect tangy spices of the marinade.  Due to the size of the shrimp, you will need to put them on skewers so they won’t fall through the grate. I prefer jumbo shrimp for size but this will also work well with smaller size of shrimp. The marinade is that best part of the shrimp and takes them to the next level!

This shrimp recipe is perfect for a quick meal during the week or a side dish along with steak or  lobster. Marinating them is simple and so worth the juicy, flavorful result. This is the best grilled shrimp I have had in a long time.  It will be a go-to meal for a long time to come too!

Shrimp Ingredients:

For the best results, marinade the shrimp ahead of time. This marinade is so simple to make and many of the ingredients are things you will already have as staple ingredients. The savory and tangy juices combined with the grilled shrimp is amazing!

  • Jumbo Shrimp: You will need about a pound peeled and de-veined.  Either frozen or fresh will work, but I prefer using fresh so I can skip the thawing process and get the best flavor possible.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add salt and pepper to taste before soaking the shrimp in marinade.
  • Red Wine Vinegar: Adds a tangy taste and tenderizes the
  • Garlic Cloves: Rich depth of flavor
  • Italian Seasoning: Use a store bought mix, or make your own by adding a pinch of basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme.
  • Lemon Juice: The acidity will help break down the shrimp and tenderize it.
  • Soy sauce: Either regular or low sodium will work great, it is just up to your preference.
  • Dijon mustard: Bold flavor and a bit of acid to tenderize.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Adds savory, sweet and tangy flavors to the marinade.

Grill Up Some Shrimp!

If you are in need of a quick meal for a weeknight, this grilled shrimp is a fantastic option. It cooks up so quickly. Whisk up this tangy marinade and impress your family with all the flavors. Then, just grab your shrimp and toss it on the grill, and its done in less than 5 minutes!

  1. Season and Marinate shrimp: Salt and pepper the shrimp. In a medium sized bowl combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, lemon juice, soy sauce, Dijon Mustard and Worcestershire sauce.  Add the shrimp and let marinate for at least one hour or overnight.
  2. Grill Shrimp: Preheat grill to medium high heat. Thread the shrimp on the skewers.  Place on the grill. Grill on each side for about two minutes until cooked through.

Grilled shrimp marinating in a clear bowl.

What to Serve with Shrimp:

I love to pair this grilled shrimp with some thin angel hair pasta and my amazing Homemade Alfredo Sauce.  A quick salad and some steamed veggies on the side are also a great pairing.  My family loves the combination and fills us all up, even the teenage boys.

The good thing about this grilled shrimp is that it goes with anything really, but if you need a few ideas to get you started, here are my suggestions…

Tips to Make the BEST Grilled Shrimp:

  • Do not overcook: Shrimp are fully cooked when they turn a pink color and look opaque and white on the inside. Pull them off the grill as soon as they are done.
  • Rinse: Clean your shrimp before cooking them. Rinse in cold water to remove any debris, pieces of shell, etc.
  • Cook from frozen: Save yourself time and cook your shrimp directly from frozen. No need to thaw first.
  • Pre-cooked shrimp: You can grill pre-cooked shrimp. Essentially you will just be heating them on the grill so it will take less than cook time. You just want to leave them long enough to warm them.

Grilled shrimp ready to grill on a skewer.

How to Store Shrimp:

Properly storing your shrimp before, during, and after grilling is very important.  Bacteria grows very quickly at temperatures between 40-140 degrees. You will always want to think about keeping your food either colder than 40 degrees or warmer than 140 degrees.  Food should only be left at room temperatures for a maximum of 2 hours.

Grilled shrimp storage should follow these guidelines:

  • Tightly pack:  Store shrimp in a shallow airtight container or heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerator: 3-4 days cooked, 1-2 days raw
  • Freezer: 3 months cooked, 3-6 months raw
  • To re-heat cooked shrimp from frozen: Thaw in the refrigerator and then keep 3-4 days max before cooking. Do not re-freeze.  If you thaw in the microwave or in cold water, it needs to be eaten right away, then discarded.

Close up on finished shrimp.

More Delicious Shrimp Recipes:

THEE BEST Grilled Shrimp

4.34 from 24 votes
The BEST Grilled Shrimp is the perfect weeknight meal because it is super quick, full of flavor, and so easy to make!  Everyone will absolutely love and devour it!!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 People


  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  • Salt and pepper the shrimp. In a medium sized bowl combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, Italian seasoning, lemon juice, soy sauce, Dijon Mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Add the shrimp and let marinate for at least one hour or overnight.
  • Preheat grill to medium high heat. Thread the shrimp on the skewers. Place on the grill. Grill on each side for about two minutes or until cooked through.



Serves: 4

Calories372kcal (19%)Carbohydrates3g (1%)Protein24g (48%)Fat29g (45%)Saturated Fat4g (20%)Cholesterol286mg (95%)Sodium1442mg (60%)Potassium169mg (5%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A21IUVitamin C7mg (8%)Calcium193mg (19%)Iron4mg (22%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Caribbean, Mediterranean
Keyword grilled shrimp, grilled shrimp recipe, shrimp grilled, shrimp recipe
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I used extra large shrimp and as I was peeling and deveining them, I dropped them into the marinade. By the time I finished cleaning the shrimp, I could see that the ones in the marinade were “cooking” due to the acid in the marinade. I should have known better. I pulled them out quickly and cooked one up and it was indeed tough. The flavors were good but I have rinsed them off as best I can and will try to salvage the ones that aren’t as “cooked.” 🙁

  2. 1 star
    Rating is really less than 1. Between the vinegar and the lemon juice and the 1 hour marinade the shrimp were WAY over cooked before they even hit the grill. I did add some red pepper flake but that wouldn’t have effected the over cooking. Sushi restaurants use acid to cook fish/seafood and that’s basically what this recipe does without any heat.

  3. 2 stars
    Why the heck is an HOUR of marinating, not included in “Prep Time” for “THEE BEST” shrimp? I’d seen it when I first chose the recipe a couple of weeks ago, but forgot it was part of it so didn’t account for it on dinner today 🤬

  4. This recipe looks wonderful, I dont have re wine vinegar but have white wine vinegar. Will this be okay?

  5. 5 stars
    Made these this past weekend for our Labor Day boat grill out. Mind you, our friend Mike who is the go-to for grill outs always brings something insane and his food is always the first to go. I’m usually 2nd fiddler to him. I’m a pretty good cook, but he’s always top hog.

    These were the first to go and Every. Single. Person. Every single one asked me for this recipe. I have forwarded this link 5 times. Lol

    I followed the recipe exactly and marinated over night. Put them on kabobs and viola.

    Thanks for clearing my plate before his for a change. Lol

  6. Question: Can I just skip the vinegar and use more lemon juice. For me (and my stomach) using both is too much acidity.

  7. 3 stars
    Marinate up to overnight? Maybe if you like shrimp mush! Under no circumstances should shrimp EVER be marinated for more than an hour, and 20-30 minutes is probably better.

    1. 5 stars
      This was absolutely delicious! Marinated OVERNIGHT and it was so flavorful and NOT mushy. Maybe it depends on the size of your shrimp. I will definitely make again. Yum Yum!

    2. So they say depending on the acidity of the marinade. I’m currently running this as an offer night experiment. I will inform in the morning.

  8. 5 stars
    Everyone loved this recipe, including my picky son. I added fresh cilantro, smoked paprika, cumin and only a little Italian seasoning. Delicious!

    I made one portion of the marinade for 2 lbs of shrimp.

  9. 5 stars
    We are hooked! By popular demand, 3 evenings with grilled shrimp. Best ever; best marinade! Will be my go to!

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you so much! I cooked this for my family today and it was a hit! Definitely the best shrimp I have had!

      2. 5 stars
        I used while balsamic vinegar and it was wonderful! Grilled with a cherry/oak wood mix. Thanks for a great recipe.

  10. Shrimp is always one of my favorite foods. I learned something new in this article. How to keep it in the fridge and cook it easily in a short time. Thanks, Dear admin.

  11. Love this marinade, we add cumin and smoked Paprika, we love the flavor it adds to food. Trying it tonight on tofu also will marinate it for 30 minutes.

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