Spicy Grilled Shrimp


This grilled shrimp recipe is fast and easy to prepare and destined to be the hit of any barbeque. And, weather not permitting, the shrimp cook up great under the broiler, too.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

Turn up the heat with this easy and spicy grilled shrimp recipe. 

How to Grill Shrimp

Ready to learn how to make this grilled shrimp recipe? You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Grilled Shrimp Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this restaurant-worthy grilled shrimp: 

  • Seasonings: This spicy grilled shrimp recipe is flavored with garlic, coarse salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
  • Oil: Olive oil locks in the moisture and gives the seasonings something to stick to. 
  • Lemon: You’ll need lemon juice for flavor and lemon wedges for the garnish. 
  • Shrimp: Buy your shrimp pre-peeled and deveined or do it yourself at home

How to Cook Shrimp On the Grill

Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make spicy grilled shrimp recipe: 

  1. Make a paste with the garlic, oil, seasonings, and lemon juice. 
  2. Toss the shrimp in the garlic paste until evenly coated. 
  3. Grill the shrimp, then garnish with lemon wedges before serving.

How Long to Grill Shrimp

On a lightly oiled grill grate over medium heat, the shrimp should be fully cooked after about 2-3 minutes on each side. You’ll know the shrimp is done when it’s opaque. 

What to Serve With Grilled Shrimp 

Looking for serving inspiration? Explore our collection of 13 Best Side Dishes for Shrimp That Really Complete the Meal. Here are a few of the tasty recipes you’ll find: 

How to Store Grilled Shrimp Leftovers

Store your grilled shrimp leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Put them to good use by tossing them in one of our favorite Shrimp Salads

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise 

“Great recipe and taste,” raves Craig deFreese. “I let the shrimp marinate for 30-40 minutes without the lemon juice. Great balance of flavors.”

“This is my go-to recipe for shrimp,” says one Allrecipes community member. “I have taken the ingredients camping with me every summer. This is the one recipe my son requests I use whenever we grill.”

“I added mixed vegetables, scrambled eggs, and sweet and sour sauce to the grilled shrimp and then spooned it over a bed of rice,” says Michel Taylor.

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 large clove garlic

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 8 wedges lemon, for garnish


  1. Preheat a grill for medium heat.

  2. Crush garlic and salt together in a small bowl with a fork. Mix in paprika and cayenne. Stir in olive oil and lemon juice to form a paste.

  3. Combine garlic paste and shrimp in a large bowl and toss until shrimp are evenly coated.

  4. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill shrimp until opaque, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with lemon wedges, and serve.

    close up view of grilled shrimp with herbs on top, on a plate

Editor's Note:

The salt amount has been reduced based on review feedback. The original recipe called for 1 tablespoon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

164 Calories
6g Fat
3g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 164
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 230mg 77%
Sodium 586mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 18mg 90%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 259mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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