Marinated Grilled Shrimp


Learn how to marinate shrimp for grilling with this easy marinade that makes your shrimp so yummy you don't even need cocktail sauce. Don't let the cayenne pepper scare you — you don't even taste it. My young kids love it. It is also a big hit with company and easy to prepare. I make this with frozen or fresh shrimp and use my indoor electric grill if the weather is not good for outdoor grilling. Try it with a salad, baked potato, and garlic bread.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup tomato sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 6 skewers


  1. Stir together olive oil, tomato sauce, garlic, and red wine vinegar in a large bowl. Season with basil, salt, and cayenne pepper.

    Overhead view of a bowl with shrimp marinade ingredients mixed together

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  2. Add shrimp to the bowl; stir until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring once or twice.

    Overhead view of shrimp marinating in a bowl

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  3. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Lightly oil the grate.

  4. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade.

    Overhead view of marinated shrimp on skewers on a baking sheet

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  5. Cook shrimp on the preheated grill until opaque, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

    Overhead view of a baking sheet with skewered grilled shrimp

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  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

    high angle looking at a plate of marinated grilled shrimp on wood skewers, garnished with fresh basil leaves


Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

273 Calories
15g Fat
3g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 273
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 230mg 77%
Sodium 472mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 329mg 7%

* 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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