12 best grilled shrimp recipes to try before summer is over

Who said hamburgers, hot dogs and steaks were the only things worth breaking out the grill for? Even delicate proteins like shrimp can (and should) be cooked on the grill. From spicy, pineapple-topped shrimp tacos to updated classics like garlic scampi and New England-style shrimp rolls, we’ve got you covered.

Grilling adds a smoky flavor to the dish you’re cooking, but that’s not even the best part: You can enjoy the great outdoors while you cook, even if it just means hanging out in your backyard. After all, summer isn’t over yet.

1. Spicy prawns

If you’re grilling shrimp for the first time, this super simple dish is a great place to start: Just marinate the shrimp in a sweet and spicy mix of Sriracha, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar, skewer, and grill away.

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2. Green Gazpacho with chili cumin shrimp

Gazpacho is arguably the best thing to eat on a sweltering August night, especially when the thought of turning on the stove sounds like a nightmare. Bring the chilled, refreshing soup outdoors by pairing the cumin-spiced shrimp fresh off the grill, intensifying this soup’s summer vibe.

3. Garlic Grilled Prawns

Garlic, lemon and prawns: they are a holy trinity of flavors that have never let us down. Add a smoky char from the grill and you have a winning protein on your hands (and plate!).

4. Shrimp Tacos Dorados, Al Pastor Style

Rick Martinez Sweet HeatGrilled shrimp tacos inspired by al pastor with charred pineapple and a thick, spicy salsa.

5. Grilled prawns with mint and prosciutto

Hoping to impress some dinner guests at your next backyard barbecue? Wrapping shrimp in mint leaves and thin slices of prosciutto before they hit the grill will do just that—all while making for a dish that’s still relatively simple to make.

6. J. Kenji López-Alt’s Grilled Shrimp Scampi-Ish with Garlic and Lemon

Air drying and dry brining make all the difference in this updated version of shrimp scampi, courtesy of Serious eater‘ J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.

7. Chimichurri shrimp

Using a heavy-duty cast iron pan on the grill means you can achieve smoky, charred shrimp without worrying about the delicate protein sticking to the grill grates, as it often does.

8. Grilled Sambal Prawns with Peach Salsa

Pair spicy, lime-infused shrimp with a salsa made from seasonal peaches, mint, and cilantro, and you have a dish worthy of any summer meal.

9. Grilled Romesco prawns

In 20 minutes, you can have intensely flavorful shrimp doused in a nutty, tomato-like Romesco sauce on the table. Need we say more?

10. Grilled prawn packets with basil, garlic and red curry butter

Wrapping prawns in foil (with butter, curry paste and garlic) and cooking them on the grill is perhaps the easiest way to achieve the savory, juicy dinner of your dreams – all you need is a loaf of good, crusty bread. wipe up every last drop.

11. Grilled and chilled shrimp rolls

Lobster rolls are undeniably delicious – but they’re not cheap. Instead of lobster, use grilled shrimp for a New England-style seafood roll that won’t break the bank.

12. Preserved lemon and spring vegetable risotto with grilled Pernod prawns

This shrimp recipe – with its peas, asparagus and mascarpone – combines the best of the flavors of spring and summer. Preserved lemon adds a touch of funk and makes a natural pairing with Pernod marinated shrimp.