Grilled shrimp is one of the most delicious things you will ever eat. This small crustacean does well on the grill. The heat concentrates the flavor in the shrimp, and the smoky flavor really enhances the results. Grilling is a healthy cooking method that also offers a lot of fun and adventure to the cook.
If you want to grill shrimp, you will have fewer problems if you get jumbo shrimp. This size gives you 12 to 15 shrimp per pound. Smaller shrimp hare hard to turn with tongs and they tend to fall into the fire unless you put them on skewers.
On the Grill
Large shrimp can be grilled right in the shell. Cooking in the shell gives the shrimp even more shrimpy goodness. If you prefer yours without the shell, remove it now. Either way, brush the shrimp with some oil or clarified butter. Place them directly on the grill if they are large enough, otherwise put them in a grilling basket.
Cook until the shrimp begins to pink up. Turn the shrimp and let it cook on the other side. You will know the shrimp is done when the meat is opaque all the way through. Do not leave them too long or they will lose flavor and become tough.
How to Make Shrimp Kabobs
If you could not get the larger shrimp, you may want to make shrimp kabobs. If you are using wooden skewers, soak them in water for half an hour before cooking. The moisture will prevent them from catching fire during cooking. Thread the shrimp onto the skewers.
You can make them with only shrimp, or you can alternate them with vegetables, fruit, or other meat pieces. Just make sure all the pieces are similar in size and thickness for even cooking. Do not fill up the skewer from end to end. If you only put a few pieces on each skewer, you have enough of the stick left to use as a handle so you can turn the skewers on the grill.
Marinating Shrimp for the Grill
To add even more flavor, try a nice marinade for a short time before you put the shrimp on the grill. A simple mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic can give the shrimp a delicious taste. You can experiment and find lots of marinades that work well with shrimp.
If you add an acidic component to your marinade, do not let it sit very long. Acidic ingredients like lemon juice will actually begin to cook the delicate meat from shrimp in a very short time. The acids actually begin to break down the meat. If you let it sit too long, it also becomes mushy.
Depending on what you put in your marinade, you can make your shrimp have an Asian flavor or you can make it spicy or savory. A light marinade of oils and herbs can be as delicate as the shrimp itself. Do not be afraid to try new marinades to find the flavors you like best when grilling shrimp.
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