Grilled Chili-Lime Shrimp

Grilled Shrimp with Chili Lime marinade

Chili Lime Shrimp was part of the Mother’s Day feast I made for my mom :)

I’m a big fan of seafood and this summer I want to work on more grilling recipes for all of you to try. Barbeque doesn’t have to be just burgers and hot dogs. With a few simple steps, you can make a gourmet feast on your grill!

One of the mainstays of successful BBQ is a great marinade. Not only does it impart flavour into what you’re grilling, it often tenderizes the meat as well. With shrimp, you are looking more to add flavour than to tenderize so the marinade is a bit different than what you may be used to.

Seasoning for chili lime shrimp

Preparing the marinade for your chili lime shrimp.

Start with a finely diced jalapeno, ribs and seeds removed unless you like a lot of heat. Smash and roughly chop three cloves of garlic and add 1 tbsp of chili powder.

Honey and Olive Oil for Shrimp Marinade

Olive oil and honey are key ingredients in your marinade.

Add 2 tbsp of liquid honey and 3 tbsp of olive oil. Mix the ingredients thoroughly.

Use a resealable bag for marinating.

A resealable bag makes marinating easy and clean!

Pour the marinade over peeled shrimp you have placed in a resealable bag. Use your hands to lightly massage the marinade into the shrimp once the bag is closed. Allow to rest for 20 minutes in the fridge. After 20 minutes, add the zest of one lime and the juice and return the shrimp to the fridge for 10 more minutes. Do not let your shrimp marinade longer than 20 minutes once you have added the lime because they will cook in the acid.

Thread the Shrimp onto Skewers

This step takes the longest, but it’s well worth it!

Thread your shrimp onto skewers that you have let soak in warm water for at least 20 minutes. This stops the skewers from burning up quickly. Reserve the marinade for grilling.

Grilling Chili Lime Shrimp

Add some of the reserved marinade while grilling.

The skewers should take about six minutes per side over medium-high heat. Look for the shrimp to be just turned opaque, rather than translucent. Right before they are cooked, pour some of the marinade over the shrimp to add extra flavour.

All that’s left to do is serve them up with your favourite sides! Better yet, make a feast of it like I did for Mother’s Day!

Chili Lime Shrimp on the Grill

Grilled chili lime shrimp ready to be devoured!

PS- I know there are a lot of people out there that are not a fan of seafood. This marinade would work really well with a butterflied pork tenderloin. The only difference would be to add the lime components right away, and leave the tenderloin to marinade for at least two hours to get maximum flavour.

About Tami McVey

I've always been very passionate about writing and cooking so I thought I would combine the two, and help others learn to cook budget-friendly, health-conscious meals. I've been writing a monthly column for a newspaper for just over two years now, and it's recently been increased to a bi-monthly column due to interest! I just graduated from a second Business Administration program with a focus on marketing, and for the past three years I've been working on developing my writing career... turning my dreams into goals. Thank you for stopping by!
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3 Responses to Grilled Chili-Lime Shrimp

  1. patgarcia says:

    Good morning Chef Cook,
    That looks so delicious but it also looks like lots of work. I love shrimps and this is again one of those recipes that I am collecting, because one day I’ll try it. By the way, what is that for a vegetable on the second to last picture. That looks healthy and delicious. Besides I love mushrooms. Excellent pictures and your details on how to make the marinade makes me think that with enough courage, I could do it too.


    • Tami McVey says:

      It really isn’t difficult my dear friend. I did it in several steps to make it easier to see what each stage should look like, but between chopping the peppers and smashing the garlic, including the wait time it takes maybe 40 minutes. That gives you half an hour to write or read and pretend it was more work than it was ;) LOL

      The side dish on the grill was zucchini, mushrooms and red onion tossed in a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper… I LOVE grilled veggies!

      Thank you for your kind words and support!
      Love you! xoxoxoxo

  2. Raani York says:

    OMG – This is FANTASTIC!!! – And yes, I did try it – tonight – the only thing I had to buy were the shrimps! – My mouth is still watering. I LOVED IT!!! Well done, Tami!!

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