Cilantro Pesto Grilled Shrimp

Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 6 mins

Shrimp gets the Tex-Mex treatment. Taken from Sheila Lukins "USA Cookbook." These are very addicting, and the cilantro adds an unexpected dash of heat! Prep time includes marinating time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the shrimp in a bowl, and toss them with 6 tablespoons of the pesto.
  2. Set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat a grill to high heat, or preheat the broiler.
  4. Thread the shrimp crosswise onto long metal skewers, about five to six to a skewer.
  5. Grill or broil the skewers in batches, 3 inches from the coals or heating element, for 3 minutes per side.
  6. Remove the shrimp from the skewers and place them in bowl.
  7. Toss with the remaining 6 tablespoons pesto, and serve immediately.
  8. For Pesto: Place the cilantro leaves in the bowl of a food processor and pulse the machine on and off until the leaves are coarsley chopped.
  9. Add the pine nuts, garlic, cumin, and salt and pepper and pulse the machine on and off until the mixture is well chopped but not pureed.
  10. With the machine rumming, slowly drizzle in the olive oil through the feed tube and process until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  11. Transfer to a glass jar with a lid and refrigerate covered, up to 3 days.
  12. Makes about 3/4 cup.


Most Helpful

I made a large batch of this pesto and froze it in small cups, similar to Ma Hiker below. I have used it several times with shrimp and each time it's been a hit. Thank you for this!

Rijaka August 31, 2010

I am harvesting the herb bed and after pureeing a large bowl of cilantro leaves with some olive oil for freezing , I knew I needed to make a pesto because it was delish plain and I had the foresight to know it would be fab with just the little bit extras. Diff from a basil pesto since there is no parm cheese and I am looking forward to having it on top of some grilled fish tonight. I am in cilantro heaven right now The leftover pesto has been put into an ice cube tray for future use. (I already had put up a bowl of cilantro leaves tossed in olive oil into freezer bags for future use as per a garden blog I found online - hope it works!! If not then I will make pesto cubes to freeze just like I do with my basil.

karen in tbay August 09, 2009

Excellent! We loved the flavor of these (not spicy at all), and very quick and easy to make. I didn't toss mine in the extra sauce and still loved them, DH did and said it was great. We served with Pine Nut Couscous and corn on the cob - yum. We did find that the two of us devoured 1/2 a recipe (about 8 shrimp a piece). Depends on the size of shrimp I'm sure.

jswinks June 01, 2008

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