In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Island Style Grilled Shrimp.

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If you’re hosting friends this summer for a backyard BBQ, you’ll definitely want to ensure these grilled shrimp takes priority on your menu. A quick bath in a wicked fruity marinade, then we’ll grill them quickly over a propane flame (wood or charcoal works great too) so they fully cooked but still plump and juicy. The natural sugars from the orange and mango juice combined with the slight kick from the hot smoked paprika, will have your family and guests begging for more.

You’ll Need…

1 lb medium shrimp
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
1 lemon (zest only)
1/2 teaspoon seas salt
1/4 cup orange juice
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 scallion (chopped fine)
4-6 sprigs thyme
1/3 cup mango juice

* Soak about 6-8 bamboo skewers in water for about 2 hrs.

* Learn how to peel and devein shrimp << Video Tutorial.

Peel and devein the shrimp, but try to leave on the tail part, rinse with cool water and get ready to marinate.

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Then in a large bowl mix together all the other ingredients with a whisk, then go in with the cleaned shrimp. Allow the shrimp to marinate for about 10 minutes.. any longer and we risk the acid from the orange juice to start cooking them prematurely.

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I usually use about 4 shrimp per skewer.. holding the thick side of the shrimp and treading it to just below the part of the shrimp where we didn’t peel off the shell (watch the video below). Depending on how large your shrimp are, you can use 3 or 4. Do remember to soak your bamboo skewers in water so they don’t burn easily on the grill. Yes you can always use metal skewers.

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I started with one burner on my propane grill on high to bring it up to temperate, then a minute or two before I placed the shrimp on, I turned it down to low. I like grilling shrimp over a direct flame, but since they cook very quickly…  it’s usually a low flame I employ. You can oil the grill before you start grilling so the shrimp won’t stick to the grate. Yes, I reserved the marinade for brushing onto the shrimp as they cook.

Over the direct flame (low) it will take between 5-6 minutes to cook and not be chewy. Baste with the marinade for the first couple minutes, then stop as we don’t want to put raw marinade over the shrimp when it’s close to being fully cooked. Remember to flip them a couple times.

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The length of time you grill the shrimp will depend on how large your shrimp are, the intensity of the flame/heat and how you prefer your grilled shrimp to be. But using my method above is an excellent guide. Yes, you can grill these off on the stove-top in a greased grill pan with great success (just don’t crowd the pan).

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