Grilled Shrimp Kabobs and Dipping Sauce


This recipe was inspired by my husband. He is Mexican so he has taught me to play with different flavors and ingredients, though the recipe idea came from a karaoke bar that served spicy shrimp one night. I thought this would be a perfect kabob recipe for indoor/outdoor entertaining. It is getting close to summer again and grilling is the best way to entertain this season.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
30 shrimp


  • 30 large shrimp, peeled and deveined, or more to taste

  • 1 drizzle olive oil

  • 1 ripe tomato

  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, stem removed

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • ½ lime, juiced

  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 package mini skewers


  1. Place shrimp into a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and set aside.

  2. Blend tomato, jalapeno pepper, 1/2 the cilantro, garlic, lime juice, and hot sauce together in a blender until smooth with pieces of cilantro still visible. Season with salt and pepper. Add 1/2 the remaining cilantro to mixture and stir to combine.

  3. Pour 1/2 the sauce over the oil-drizzled shrimp. Let stand and marinate in the refrigerator, 20 to 30 minutes.

  4. Remove shrimp from the marinade on thread onto mini skewers.

  5. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  6. Pour remaining sauce into a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into small serving dishes. Garnish with remaining cilantro.

  7. Grill shrimp kabobs on the preheated grill until they are bright pink on the outside and the meat is opaque, making sure not to overcook, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

  8. Place cooked shrimp into a bowl on on a serving platter. Align mini skewers so guests can dip shrimp into prepared sauce.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

58 Calories
1g Fat
1g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 58
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 164mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 136mg 3%

* 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.