This tangy citrusy grilled ginger lime shrimp is the perfect healthy light meal for all your summer entertaining, or just a great meal for two. It's also great as a party appetizer or part of a buffet.
Citrus is one of my favorite flavors. You may have noticed that I cook with a lot of fresh lemon juice. Today I'm using lime juice and fresh ginger to make a quick and healthy grilled shrimp dinner.
Fresh or Frozen Shrimp
You can use fresh or frozen shrimp for this recipe, but try to get some that are a good size. This makes them easier to grill. You'll find that they shrink up with they cook. I also used regular vegetable oil, because I didn't want the flavor of the oil, such as extra virgin olive oil that I use most of the time, to overpower the lime or ginger taste.
There is also a hint of heat with a small amount of red pepper flakes here. I think it works well with this combination and hardly gives any heat. Still, you can omit the pepper flakes if you don't like spicy flavors.
Wooden or Metal Skewers
Wood skewers soaked in water for over 30 minutes make a nice presentation. However, you can see that they got a little toasted on the grill. Metal would also work, but the ones we have are so large, they don't really lend themselves to individual portions, but you could remove the cooked shrimp and serve them on a plate or in a bowl.
The grilled shrimp are served here with long-grain white rice and steamed sugar snap peas. For an extra yummy citrus zing grate a little lime zest over top the entire dish.
Grilled Ginger Lime Shrimp
- 2 dozen raw shrimp
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice about 2 limes
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
- salt and pepper
- Clean and peel shrimp.
- Combine oil, lime juice, zest, ginger, pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a large plastic resealable bag.
- Add shrimp and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
- Soak 5-6 wooden skewers in water.
- Remove shrimp from bag and thread onto skewers.
- Place on oiled grilled for 2-3 minutes.
- Use tongs to flip and grill for an additional 1-2 minutes or until shrimp turn opaque and bright pink.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts have been made to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.