A very simple and 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 2 and 4 year-olds love it and eat more shrimp than their parents! 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 outside grilling. Try it with a salad, baked potato, and garlic bread. You will not be disappointed!!!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, stir together the garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, and red wine vinegar. Season with basil, salt, and cayenne pepper. Add shrimp to the bowl, and stir until evenly coated. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring once or twice.

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  • Preheat grill for medium heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade.

  • Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp on preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque.

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.

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Nutrition Facts

273 calories; 31 g protein; 2.8 g carbohydrates; 230 mg cholesterol; 471.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2006
These were very nice. I was expecting outstanding flavour for five stars though and this just didn't make it. Next time I would add sweet chilli sauce, more tomato and garlic. Fresh basil is a must! UPDATE: I have now modified this recipe to suit our family's taste and I have to say that it is worthy of 5* now. Instead of tomato sauce, I used a whole can of diced tomatoes, doubled the garlic, more basil, 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce, 1 tblsn of red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup oil and pulsed the lot in my food processor. Verrryyy nice. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/20/2011
We followed the directions exactly as given and even used yummy fresh shrimp we brought home from our Gulf vacation, but I thought this was very blah. Even with loads of fresh basil and marinating it for a solid hour, I found it just okay and my husband said it tasted too tomato-y. Disappointed for a five-star ranking. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/01/2006
These were very nice. I was expecting outstanding flavour for five stars though and this just didn't make it. Next time I would add sweet chilli sauce, more tomato and garlic. Fresh basil is a must! UPDATE: I have now modified this recipe to suit our family's taste and I have to say that it is worthy of 5* now. Instead of tomato sauce, I used a whole can of diced tomatoes, doubled the garlic, more basil, 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce, 1 tblsn of red wine vinegar, 1/4 cup oil and pulsed the lot in my food processor. Verrryyy nice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2007
For a small Oscar Party I made an arrangement of skewer recipes. My friend Kristi ABSOLUTELY loved this one. But a word to the wise, if you for some reason not to grill the shrimp and instead make it on the stove, BIG mistake. I became lazy and mad waiting for my boyfriend and decided to use the stove and a skillet. It had to be scrapped, the grill allows some of the seasonings to air out especially the garlic and adds a great taste that can not be replicated on the stove. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2007
This is a super simple and yummy recipe. The only thing I did differntly is used ketchup instead of tomato sauce, as I didn't want to open a large can of tamato sauce for such a little amount. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2009
This recipe is AWESOME!!! Made these for a 4th of July party and they literally flew off the table. After reading other reviews, I used the largest shrimp I could find, replaced the tomato sauce with chili sauce, upped the cayenne pepper, marinated them for two hours and then grilled. People were raving about them and calling to each other to come try them. Definitely a success. Thanks so much for this recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2003
I marinated 1 lb. of shrimp (the frozen, peeled and deveined kind) in a full batch of the marinade (enough for 2 people). I used dried basil, white wine vinegar, and extra garlic. I then made a seperate double batch of the marinade with a huge piece of elephant garlic which I then emulsified in the blender and then heated on the stove. I cooked the shrimp in a skillet over medium-high heat until pink and served it over angel-hair pasta with the extra sauce and some parmesan cheese. My husband raved over it and even has me passing out the recipe to his co-workers!!! Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2008
Just perfect and delicious as written, though I didn't bother with skewers since I only made enough shrimp for hubby and myself. No need to change a thing, unless you feel some compelling desire to do so. Just enough flavor and seasoning--enough to be noticeable, but in a way that enhances the shrimp rather than overpowering its own wonderful and delicate flavor. This is an example of how using a few simple but flavorful and fresh ingredients is usually best. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2007
OMG this is hands-down the best shrimp i have ever tasted in my whole entire life. this marinade is soooooo good..i think it's the combination of all the ingredients that makes this so tasty. i brushed the left-over marinade over the shrimp while it was on the grill. this recipe is highly recommended!!!!! TIP: even if you don't have time to let the shrimp marinate for one hour just throw everything together and brush the rest of the marinade on the shrimp while its grilling...it still tastes amazing!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2007
This was very good! The first time we made it we used small pre-cooked shrimp and grilled it on the Foreman Grill (without skewers) and it came out great. The second time, we doubled the marinade and then cooked the shrimp and marinade in a skillet and poured it over rice. The heat made the sauce pretty thin so now I reserve 1/2 cup marinade and add one tablespoon cornstarch to it, then combine it all in the skillet. *TIP: One thing I do different is I only use a quarter or a third of the olive oil called for. It doesn't really add anything and it just kinda separates into this oily layer floating on top, not really blending with the tomato sauce. Now I usually quadruple the marinade (with the exception of the olive oil) when using the marinade as a sauce. We've also made this with small pieces of chicken and it is very good! Thanks for this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2003
I'll admit I was skeptical at first....the ingredients seemed a bit odd together. And then I ate it. WOW! This is fantastic the BEST. I made it exactly as the recipe states and it has gained the highest rating in my cookbook "The Standard" which means look no more for a better recipe! It's the closest I've come to the best shrimp I've ever had in my life which was at a Cozumel beach bar/grill and the owner was NOT coming out with the recipe. This makes me fantasize a little less about HIS shrimp.:) ADDENDUM 2/16/03----------Still LOVE this recipe and I'm delighted to find that it turned out great after just two minutes in my George Foreman grill. Don't forget to soak the bamboo skewers! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/20/2011
We followed the directions exactly as given and even used yummy fresh shrimp we brought home from our Gulf vacation, but I thought this was very blah. Even with loads of fresh basil and marinating it for a solid hour, I found it just okay and my husband said it tasted too tomato-y. Disappointed for a five-star ranking. Read More
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