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dale's dazzling grilled shrimp

(5 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Melissa Varady
Gainesville, FL

This is a recipe that my husband gave me that he got from some family friends growing up in St.Pete. Leaving the shells on the shrimp while grilling makes the shrimp nice and moist.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Melissa is so right! By keeping the shells on the shrimp while they grill, you end up with wonderfully moist shrimp. Thanks for the great tip! Not only are the shrimp juicy, but they're also full of flavor. These will make a delicious snack, light meal, or a tasty summer appetizer. And for those of you who like a little less spice, you can easily cut back or eliminate the cayenne. The flavor is still great.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(5 ratings)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 2 Hr 20 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Grill

Ingredients For dale's dazzling grilled shrimp

  • 1 lb
  • 1/2 c
    fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil

How To Make dale's dazzling grilled shrimp

  • Deveining shrimp but keeping shells on.
    Using kitchen scissors, split and devein shrimp, cutting from top to tail. Remove legs, but keep shells on.
  • Brining shrimp in a bowl.
    Combine the remaining ingredients. Add shrimp to brine and let sit for 2 to 4 hours.
  • Shrimp placed on skewers.
    Remove shrimp and let drip in a strainer, reserving brine. Place shrimp on skewers.
  • Grilling the shrimp.
    Grill shrimp 90 seconds per side on a 3-second grill (meaning you can't hold your hand over it for more than 3 seconds) brushing with brine half way through.