Marinated Grilled Shrimp

I think it’s clear from the title of the site, I’m more a carb girl than anything else. I’ll happily forgo a piece of steak, perfectly contented with corn on the cob and some artisan bread with Kerrygold butter. After almost six years, Brian still has a difficult time understanding my attitude towards meat.

I’m pretty certain I could easily transition to a vegetarian lifestyle if it weren’t for two things: bacon and shrimp. In my opinion, bacon is perfection. On it’s own it’s magnificent, but it is also has the capability of transforming many a mundane dish into something fantastic. When it comes to shrimp – whether they’re sauteed, fried, stuffed or grilled – they top my list of favorite foods. Unless you try to feed them to me in shrimp cocktail form. Then all bets are off. Just something about the ice cold shrimp and cocktail sauce skeeves me out.

I stumbled on this grilled shrimp recipe a few years ago and it’s been one of my go-to weeknight meals since then. We grill year round at our house. (Yep, we’re the crazy people sporting Ugg boots and winter coats with our grilling tongs in mitten-clad hands out the middle of a snow storm, all just to get our steak and shrimp fix.)

The preparation of this shrimp dish is super simple – I just toss everything into a zip-top bag and let it marinate in the fridge for about 30 minutes. The shrimp grill up in minutes and are full of flavor. They pair perfectly with grilled asparagus and steamed rice.

What’s your go-to, quick weeknight meal?


Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the shrimp and whisk until combined. Add shrimp to the bowl, and stir until evenly coated. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring a couple of times.

Preheat grill for medium heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard leftover marinade

Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp on preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until cooked through and opaque.


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37 Responses to “Marinated Grilled Shrimp”

  1. Paula — September 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I’m with you on the bacon, but not on the shrimp! I can’t eat fish but my husband loves shrimp and your marinade sounds lovely, looks wonderful too! I’ll have to make it for him sometime.


  2. Kiran @ — September 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    That looks divine! I love simple marinated seafood – it just heightens the fresh sea flavors :)


  3. Rene — September 15, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I looooove shrimp! I never think about it far enough in advance in order to marinate it! Sad! I’ll have to get on the ball with the shrimp I have left.

    I have to admit, I LOVE shrimp cocktail :).


  4. Kalyn — September 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Love the sound of this recipe!


  5. Mellie — September 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I’m with you on the bacon and shrimp, but not the steak! A tender steak, cooked medium well, is one of life’s best food pleasures- right below shrimp.


  6. Cookbook Queen — September 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    These shrimp look like perfection!! Love how easy too.

    Our go-to weeknight meal is tacos or sloppy joes. Yes, we are very fancy around here!!


  7. Cassie — September 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    We grill year round too. I’m like you – I could go without the protein and load up on carbs but the shrimp sound delicious!


  8. Deborah — September 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I’m a total carbaholic and carnivore. I don’t think I could ever give up anything!! These shrimp look perfect – a wonderful weeknight meal!


  9. Kate — September 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I found this recipe on allrecipes this summer and we’ve made it a few times and absolutely LOVE it. :)


  10. Becki's Whole Life — September 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I’m with you – I could eat carbs, veggies and fruit all day and be content. However there are certain meat or seafood dishes that Do It for me and marinated and grilled shrimp is definitely one of them…This looks great!


  11. Kelsey @aslolife — September 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I really wish I liked shrimp because it always look so gosh darn good!


  12. Leslie — September 15, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Ohh yeah.. I too am a carb girl. But I like steak too. Ahhh who am I kidding, I like ALL food! Love the shrimp and the photo is stunning!


  13. sara — September 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Oh yes! This looks so tasty…definitely making me hungry… :)


  14. Cathy @ Savory Notes — September 16, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Time and time again, I’m always surprised how delicious shrimp is… I think my brain does that to me so every time I eat it, I get a happy surprise along with some delicious shrimp. Beautiful photo, btw :)


  15. Ann P. — September 16, 2011 at 2:18 am

    I know exactly the person I want to make this for! Thanks mucho, Jamie!


  16. Naina @ chow bella — September 16, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I’m totally with you – I could easily be a vegetarian if it weren’t for shrimp, bacon, and also salmon. I’m also with you on hating shrimp cocktail – sometimes I will eat it but only if I grill the shrimps first, so that’s not really true shrimp cocktail anyways! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  17. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — September 16, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Couldn’t agree more about bacon and shrimp! This recipe looks like a perfect end to summer. :)


  18. Savorique — September 16, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I would be a full vegetarian if it weren’t for fish in general. Wait, this veggie-fish diet is actually named the pescatarian diet. So I love this simple shrimp recipe.


  19. Christine — September 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I’ve tried this exact recipe (love allrecipes!) and it’s SO good!


  20. Mrs. Jen B — September 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I love shrimp! They’re so quick and convenient. I can’t say I’d done the snow gear just to get my grill on, but I’m a huge fan of my grill pan, and my Forman grill! ;)


  21. Tracy — September 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Love this simple and fabulous meal! I have yet to grill shrimp at home; I really need to get on that!


  22. Lauren — September 16, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    How beautiful are these! LOVE shrimp…and super easy recipes!


  23. Jo-Anna — September 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Your photo is gorgeous! You have me craving shrimp now! ;)
    We’re totally those people too in the middle of winter! BBQ season is every season!


  24. Becca — September 16, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I haven’t had shrimp in such a long time! I really want some now, too bad grilling season is kinda over for here.


  25. Patti — September 17, 2011 at 1:41 am

    We often grill shrimp wrapped in bacon, with a little bbq sauce. Yum. Great as an app or main.


  26. Amanda — September 17, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Yes! Bacon and Shrimp. You are a wise wise lady. :)


  27. Pam — September 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Shrimp is my favorite dish and yet I rarely make it because I always think I have to make something very fattening (deep fried or buried in a white sauce). It is great to see this wonderful recipe that is healthy as well as delicious. Thanks.


  28. Robyn | Add a Pinch — September 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Oh I want this for supper, Jamie! Beautiful!!!


  29. Jessica — February 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I’ve linked to it from my site because may of these ingredients are on sale this week and others may be looking for an amazing dish for their meal plan. Thanks again!


  30. Maria — August 19, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I tried this recipe on the weekend and everyone loved it! Would definitely do it again and would definitely use it not just as an easy weeknight dinner but also as a nice dinner party option.


    • Jamie — August 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm


      That’s wonderful to hear! Thank you so much for stopping in to let us know that you enjoyed the recipe. Have a great day and thank you for following MBA!


  31. Melanie — March 24, 2014 at 4:53 am

    We tried these last night and they were fantastic! I sliced some potatoes, asparagus and carrots; tossed them all with a tablespoon of olive oil and threw them on the grill too. Very hearty and tasty lunch for a chillier day.


    • Jamie — April 8, 2014 at 10:49 pm


      That sounds fantastic! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for stopping in and have a great day!


  32. Liana — August 29, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    If I leave out the red wine vinegar, will it taste the same? Or what can I replace that with?



    • Jamie — August 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Hi Liana,
      You could substitute another type of vinegar but it is essential to the marinade. I hope this helps!


  33. Lee — November 7, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Tried this recipe and my family loved it! They still rave about it and always ask where the recipe is from. Thanks for sharing!


    • Jamie — January 12, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      You are welcome, Lee! I’m glad everyone liked it!

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