Making grilled shrimp kabobs is a great way to add vegetables and other variety to your grilled shrimp, especially if you are already using skewers to keep them from falling through the grates. They also make for a great appetizer recipe for entertaining. We’ve collected and put together a few recipes for grilled shrimp kabobs that you and your family and friends will be sure to enjoy.
Making the kabobs is very easy and simple. You will simply need skewers, which are available in both metal and wooden varieties, and the different vegetables and shrimp that you want to include. Metal skewers have some advantages as they can be reused easily and are somewhat easier to keep the food on them. Wooden skewers will also need soaked for about an hour in water before grilling to prevent them from cracking as well as catching on fire on a hot grill. To prepare the food, simply alternate between shrimp and vegetables on the kabobs. You’ll want to grill them just as you would grill shrimp on its own on a skewer, which we have instructions on in our article on ways to grill shrimp
The first thing to consider is which vegetables you will grill. Here are some popular choices: mushrooms, zucchini, squash, green peppers, red peppers, white onions, red onions, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, and others. Some people even enjoy grilling fruit with their shrimp.
Below are some of our favorite recipes:
Pineapple & Pepper Shrimp
You will need:
1 can of cubed pineapple, drained
1 green pepper, cut into skewer sized cubes/sections
2 pounds of shrimp
1 medium onion, cut into skewer sized cubes
For the Marinade:
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsp lemon juice
Black pepper to taste
Directions: Alternate between peppers, pineapple, and shrimp on the kabobs. In a small bowl or plastic bag, mix the marinade ingredients together. Let the kabobs marinate in the sauce for no more than 30 minutes, then discard the marinade and grill shrimp on each side for about 2-3 minutes or until fully cooked. (Cooking times will depend on the size of the shrimp – you will no the shrimp are done when they lose their translucent color).
Barbecue Shrimp Kabobs
You Will Need:
1 Cup Favorite Barbecue Sauce (more or less depending on how much you want)
2 pounds of shrimp
Onions, cut into kabob sized pieces
Peppers, cut into kabob sized pieces
10-12 whole Mushrooms
10-12 pieces Zucchini cut into kabob sized pieces
Directions: Assemble kabobs by alternating shrimp and vegetables. Since shrimp cooks so quickly, you can marinate the skewers in the barbecue sauce for up to 30 minutes prior to grilling without worrying about it burning. Grill 3-4 minutes each side, watching carefully until shrimp is done.
Spicy Shrimp Kabobs
We have a variety of spicy grilled shrimp recipes for ideas for ways you can cook your shrimp if you like some heat and spice. Simply choose any of the recipes we have listed there and let your kabobs marinate in it for about 20-30 minutes before grilling with your choice of vegetables.
Do you have any recipes for grilled shrimp kabobs you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments below.