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Spicy Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Spicy Grilled Shrimp Skewers created by Lynn in MA

I suggest to use fresh shrimp for this as frozen thawed will create a watery marinade, do not marinade for longer than 30 minutes or the acid in the lemon juice will "cook" the shrimp, adjust the cayenne to suit heat level, I have left the Tabasco as optional you may add it or omit --- this shrimp is very good!

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  • In a small bowl crush the garlic with coarse salt; mix in cayenne pepper and paprika.
  • Add in olive oil and lemon juice; mix until combine, then add in Tabasco if using.
  • In a large bowl toss the shrimp with the garlic oil until evenly coated.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile soak the wooden skewers in cold water for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat grill to medium heat, then lightly oil the grill grate.
  • Thread the shrimp onto the wooden skewers.
  • Cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side or until opaque.
  • Serve with lemon wedges.
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"I suggest to use fresh shrimp for this as frozen thawed will create a watery marinade, do not marinade for longer than 30 minutes or the acid in the lemon juice will "cook" the shrimp, adjust the cayenne to suit heat level, I have left the Tabasco as optional you may add it or omit --- this shrimp is very good!"
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  1. Mike K.
    Have made this several time and always a winner. EASY Receipe! I don’t think there is enough acid from the lemon to worry about cooking shrimp if marinated longer. I have marinated over night when plans changed a couple times with no problem. If you are worried about it leave the lemon out till the last 30 minutes of marinade. That’s the plan on this large batch currently soaking the last 24 hours. Tripled the recipe for 5 pounds of colossal pink key west shrimp. Also grill lemons and squeeze the juice while grilling with extra grilled lemon for those you want or just a garnish. Only thing I ever worry about is running out of shrimp.
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  2. G W.2894
    Love these. I cooked them for a party a couple of times and they were a hit.
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  3. Rod B.
    Great recipe. The only tweaks I made was using smoked paprika and added crushed red peppers. Be the fifth time already this grilling season...
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  4. Chris W.
    What a great, simple recipe. It's definitely going into the grill menu rotation. Two small tweaks that I made where are as follows: I used Cholula chili lime hot sauce instead of Tabasco and I fried up a few strips of bacon, chopped it to small bits and added it to the shrimp. The majority of the bacon adhered to the shrimp and it added a nice flavor. Next time I do this recipe I'm going to add some chunks of apple wood to the grill for a mild smoky flavor. Enjoy!
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  5. Nick Harris
    I don't often leave reviews for recipes but this one was so simple and amazing that I had to say something. Really phenomenal flavor from this quick marinade. My husband and I liked it so much we made it two nights in a row. If you are going to use frozen shrimp instead of fresh really make sure that you drain all the excess water from thawing really well or the marinade won't stick to the shrimp.
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