These Grilled Shrimp Kabobs are an easy and delicious recipe for busy weeknight dinners. Some fantastic flavours and a tangy dish to enjoy with your family.
Shrimp, I have written a lot about this ingredient and its healthiness. Shrimp is always the best alternative to meat or fish, with an inviting grilling aroma. I adore cooking shrimp in anyways as this ingredient can be so versatile that you will be amazed about its taste and texture in different meals.
For example, shrimp in soups has a soft, mild flavour, while grilled or fried have a more pronounced aroma, as I love to coat them in lots of herbs and citrus juices. We all know, shrimp itself doesn’t have an intense aroma or texture, so to emphasise the taste I always marinate them for at least half an hour to absorb more flavours and aromas.
You can check some of my shrimp recipes:
Why, shrimp kabobs?
I liked this idea and decided to try it and surprised how delish and healthy a dish can be if you add some fresh bell peppers and grill them together. These appetisers can be great for lunch, dinner, or small crowd gatherings. They will fit nicely on a party table next to a salad, salsa, or other side dishes. I adore the colour and the aroma they emanate while cooking them. Bell pepper’s fresh and light colours only add fanciness and crunchiness. However, here you can play with your imagination and add any veggies you like, even fruits like slices of lemons or pineapples.
If you have an outdoor grill at home, this moment will be thousands time better as this simple dish makes a lot of smoke. But it worths any time and smell; I simply adore these shrimp kabobs.
What does kabob mean?
Some meat cubes (either beef or lamb, but in my case shrimp) marinated and grilled along with veggies on a skewer – are known as Kabobs. In Greece, you may find Souvlaki dish meaning the same as kabobs, or Kebab name in Turkey.
All of them have in common the same process, but some of them may have different add-ins ingredients.
How long should you marinate shrimp?
Marinating shrimp is a matter of preference as I like to marinate them longer to be sure they have infused all aromas. I adore cooking shrimp, especially grilled ones, as they taste fabulous. For a lingering result, I marinate the shrimp no less than 30 minutes. If you are in a hurry, you can marinate them at least 10 minutes. The longer you will marinate them, the softer and flavourful they will be. I like to add a lot of cayenne pepper to any seafood ingredients I make.
Grilled Shrimp Marinade
Making the best marinade for the shrimp is a matter of question. There are days when I cook and invent all by myself. I like to experience, and this is the key to some successful and best recipes.
Seafood, fish, or shrimp, I always try to make a simple but flavorful marinade to make them taste unbelievable.
For this time I coated shrimp in some garlic olive oil, added powders like cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, and a lot of coriander, three minced cloves of garlic and some lemon zest. I squeeze lemon juice over the shrimp when they are ready.
It is a simple marinade, but you can make it at your liking. I like to use simple ingredients I always have in my kitchen.
How to cook Shrimp Kabobs?
Shrimp Kabob is an easy recipe with a delicious and even restaurant-like taste. I love this simple dish served next to a salad, to a salsa or avocado dip. My daughter loves shrimp recipes, and this dish is her favourite.
- One pound froze shrimp ( thawed and peeled)
- Two colourful bell peppers
- ½ lemon
- Bamboo skewers
For the marinade:
- ½ cup of olive oil
- Three cloves of garlic or 1 tbsp garlic powder
- ¼ cayenne pepper
- Pinch of pepper flakes
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 cup of chopped coriander
I have cooked my shrimp kabobs on a grill skillet at medium heat.
This process is simple and easy, once you will try you see there are no difficulties.
The marinade is simple: combine all the ingredients in a bowl and let shrimp coat all aromas in it.
Marinate the shrimp at least half an hour and chop cubes bell peppers. Set aside.
Take a bamboo skewer and thread five shrimp with cubes of colourful peppers between them, just like in the image below.
Repeat this process for each skewer.
Cook on a preheated grill skillet about 5 minutes on each side or until shrimp look nicely grilled. Only then, squeeze some lemon juice over them.
Transfer the grilled kabobs on a platter and serve warm.
For note: if you are using bamboo skewers just like me, then soak them in water for 10-15 minutes to prevent from catching on fire on the grill skillet. Another alternative can be metal skewers that are also great and easy to use.
Grilled Shrimp Kabobs with Peppers
- grill skillet
- 1 lb shrimp
- 2 bell peppers
- 1/2 lemon
For the marinade:
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cayenne pepper
- 1 pinch pepper flakes
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup coriander
- Combine the marinade ingredients in a small bowl and leave the shrimp to marinate for half an hour. Chop cubes bell peppers. Set aside.
- Take a bamboo skewer and thread five shrimp with cubes of colourful peppers between them. Repeat this process for each skewer.
- Cook on a preheated grill skillet about 5 minutes on each side or until shrimp look nicely grilled. Only then, squeeze some lemon juice over them.
- Transfer the grilled kabobs on a platter and serve warm.