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Grilled BBQ shrimp skewers on a large oval platter garnished with chopped fresh parsley and lemon wedges.
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Grilled BBQ Shrimp

These Grilled BBQ Shrimp skewers are juicy, smoky, and fun on a stick! My homemade bbq seasoning makes for a crowd-pleasing grilled shrimp recipe.
Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinade Time 15 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 165kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt if needed
  • 1 pound jumbo raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 4 to 6 wooden skewers soaked in water for at least 10 minutes
  • Avocado oil as needed, for grill grates


  • In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, BBQ seasoning, salt and shrimp. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, or up to 1 hour.
  • Once the shrimp have marinated, thread them onto the prepared skewers. Set aside while you preheat the grill.
  • If using a grill pan, grease lightly with a high-heat oil, then preheat for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add shrimp and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until cooked through. If using a gas grill, preheat to medium (350°F), then grill the shrimp skewers for 2 to 3 minutes per side with the lid open.


Storage: Cooked shrimp can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days. After that, it should be tossed. To reheat: Warm a pan over medium and quickly heat back up. Because the shrimp has already been cooked, you’ll want to briefly (but thoroughly) heat it through so it doesn’t become rubbery from reheating. 
Don't skip marinating. Because we're using a dry seasoning blend mixed with oil, it's best to let the shrimp sit in the mixture for at least 15 minutes or up to an hour. This allows the marinade to penetrate the shrimp resulting in a more flavorful dish.
Cook with care. Shrimp cook quickly, usually within 2-3 minutes per side, depending on their size. Avoid overcooking, as this can lead to a rubbery texture. Keep a close eye on the shrimp while grilling; when they turn pink and opaque, they are done.
Baste the shrimp with sauce. While grilling, brush the shrimp with bbq sauce to add extra flavor and a caramelized finish. Do this during the last minute or two of grilling, turning them once or twice to coat them evenly.
Serve immediately. Grilled shrimp is best enjoyed right off the grill while still hot and juicy.


Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 789mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 399IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 3mg