Quick to do Appetizers and Mains Recipes

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For the absolutely best grilled shrimp, you’ll want to follow our tips: marinate them briefly in a mixture of salt, sugar, and baking soda, thread them closely together on a skewer, let them air dry in the fridge for a little bit, oil them up thoroughly, then cook them fast and hot. The salt helps the shrimp retain moisture, the baking soda keeps them snappy, the sugar helps with browning, threading them on skewers makes them easy to flip and keeps them from overcooking, and the brief air drying means their surfaces will brown very quickly on the hot grill grates.

To get you started, we’ve put together seven of our favorite grilled shrimp recipes, from a simple preparation with garlic and lemon to a version topped with sriracha mayo and stuffed into steamed buns. There are, of course, other ways to grill shrimp—shell-on, say, or with a simple marinade and no air-drying step—and while they won’t produce shrimp that are quite as snappy or charred, they’ll be plenty tasty.

With these delectable recipes on hand, you’ll be turning out grilled shrimp like a pro all summer long.

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Garlic and Lemon

For a simple preparation that really brings out their flavor, we brush shrimp in a mixture of garlic, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, and parsley leaves before grilling, and then toss them in the same mixture again before serving. They’re perfect for munching on all by themselves or stuffing into a taco.

Steamed Buns With Grilled Shrimp and Sriracha Mayonnaise

Grilled shrimp are great on their own, but eating a lot of them can sometimes leave you feeling over-shrimped. Switch things up by stuffing them into tender steamed buns with crunchy toppings like shredded cabbage and quick homemade pickles, and top it all off with some sriracha mayo for a convenient bundle of complementary flavors and textures.

Guacamole Variations

Once you have basic guacamole down, feel free to experiment with variations by adding strawberries, peaches, pineapple, mangoes, or even watermelon. One classic Mexican guacamole has pomegranate seeds and chunks of peaches in it . You can get creative with your homemade guacamole!

  • Simple Guacamole: The simplest version of guacamole is just mashed avocados with salt. Don’t let the lack of other ingredients stop you from making guacamole.
  • Quick guacamole: For a very quick guacamole just take a 1/4 cup of salsa and mix it in with your mashed avocados.
  • Don’t have enough avocados? To extend a limited supply of avocados, add either sour cream or cottage cheese to your guacamole dip. Purists may be horrified, but so what? It still tastes great.

Grilled shrimp are great on their own, but eating a lot of them can sometimes leave you feeling over-shrimped. Switch things up by stuffing them into tender steamed buns with crunchy toppings like shredded cabbage and quick homemade pickles, and top it all off with some sriracha mayo for a convenient bundle of complementary flavors and textures.

The clean, sweet flavor of grilled shrimp pairs well with chermoula, a popular North African condiment made of fresh herbs like parsley and cilantro, earthy spices like ground cumin and cayenne pepper, and acidic and bright preserved lemon. Pulse everything together with olive oil in a food processor, and then drizzle it over your plump, juicy shrimp.

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