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How To Make The Best Shrimp Skewers: A Guide

Quick question, Seafoodies! 

Do you ever find yourself craving a seafood dish that’s big on flavor but also quick and easy to make? Then we have just the recipe for you! 

These honey garlic shrimp skewers are about as uncomplicated as it gets, but taste like they require a lot of time.

If you don’t have much experience grilling shrimp, we’ll let you in on a little secret—it’s super simple! When using wooden skewers, first soak them in water for at least 30 minutes. This will help keep the wood from burning as your shrimp sizzle to perfection.

Fresh or frozen shrimp can be used when making skewers. But frozen shrimp does require a little extra prep. Just leave them to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, or run the package under cold water if you forget (we’ve all been there!) and don’t have time to wait. 

Not to get too “sciencey” but this next tip is helpful to remember any time you are preparing seafood. When using an acidic marinade, like those with vinegar, wine or soy sauce, marinate shrimp in your refrigerator for no more than 30 minutes. This is because the acid will actually start to break down the protein in the shrimp if left for too long. However, if your marinade is non-acidic, like those with olive oil, butter, and herbs, you can marinate for an hour or more if desired. 

Now it’s finally time to turn up the heat! Shrimp cooks in just a few minutes on the grill. Keep an eye on the color, and when they look pretty in light pink, your shrimp are officially done. 

Whip up a batch of these garlic honey shrimp skewers as an appetizer or pair them with a side of grilled seasonal veggies for a full meal. You can even use any leftovers as a next-day tasty salad topper.  Once you give these a try, we know they’ll become a regular at your table. 

So here’s your sign to fire up the grill and go. You got this! 

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Honey Garlic Shrimp Skewers

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 810 wooden skewers


  1. Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. (Skip if using metal skewers.)
  2. In small bowl, mix honey, soy sauce, garlic and red pepper. This is your marinade.
  3. Pour all the shrimp and half of the marinade into a large plastic baggie, seal and set baggie in refrigerator for 15 minutes, to marinate the shrimp. Set aside other half of the marinade.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high and thread 5-6 shrimp on each skewer.
  5. Grill shrimp skewers on one side for 2-3 minutes. Flip and brush with remaining marinade and cook 2-3 more minutes, or until shrimp are cooked thoroughly.
  6. Remove from grill and enjoy your delicious Honey Garlic Shrimp Skewers!


As you can see, it doesn’t take a laundry list of ingredients or a ton of time to turn shrimp into a delicious lunch or dinner! This recipe is perfect for testing your seafood skills, and you might be pleasantly surprised at how simple it really is. For a little added “oomph,” we also have a few preparation tips and nutritional facts to enhance your newfound shrimp expertise.


Shrimp Tips:

  • Shrimp cook quickly. Avoid overcooking by watching the color of the shrimp. When they turn light pink, they’re done.
  • When using an acidic marinade, like those with vinegar, wine or fruit juices, you should marinate shrimp no more than a maximum of 30 minutes. The acid will actually start to “cook” the shrimp. However if your marinade is non-acidic, like those with olive oil, butter and herbs, you can marinate for an hour or more if desired. Always marinate in the refrigerator for optimal food safety.
  • Working with frozen shrimp? Leave them in the refrigerator overnight to thaw, or run them under cold water if you need them immediately.


Shrimp Health Benefits:

  • Low in Calories
  • Selenium – Boosts immunity and thyroid health.
  • Vitamin B12 – Supports brain and nervous system health.
  • Protein – Builds and supports muscle and overall health.
  • Phosphorus – Promotes strong, healthy bones.
  • Astaxanthin – Antioxidant that helps fight inflammation

Like this recipe? Share your shrimp skewer creations with us on social media, using the hashtag #SeafoodSupperClub. Just browsing? Save this recipe on Pinterest!

ImagesKelli Boyd Photography
StylingMonica Lavin of Lavin Label

  • Author: Dish on Fish
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: Shrimp

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