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Grilled Cilantro Pesto Shrimp Skewers

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I did it. I really did. I managed to take one of the easiest things to cook and make an even easier recipe with it. And, it’s an awesome one. Trust me. This will be your new favorite way to eat shrimp/grill/use pesto. It’s going to be your new favorite everything.

More shrimp recipes: cilantro lime shrimp with coconut rice / easy shrimp salad / 5 ingredient honey garlic shrimp / shrimp fettuccini in white wine tomato sauce

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I even impressed my shrimp-hating mother. To be fair, she doesn’t hate shrimp themselves, she just usually only likes them in shrimp cocktail-type situations. When I told her I was going to grill some shrimp for dinner the other night – along with cedar planked salmon – she was less than enthusiastic.

Grilled Cilantro Pesto Shrimp Skewers | Grill Recipe | Shrimp Recipe | simplywhisked.com

But, as any truly supportive mom would, she gave them a try. By the end of the meal, everyone was raving about how great the shrimp were, and my mom even admitted to liking them. I’d say that qualifies the recipe a success. So much so that I made them again a few days later, just so I could share them with you.

And, you’re going to love it. All you have to do is whip up some cilantro pesto marinade – adapted from my normal cilantro pesto with a little extra lemon and a little less oil – and let the shrimp sit in that while you’re soaking your skewers and heating the grill. Then pop them onto their sticks and line them up on the grill for 5 – 6 minutes. They’re perfect for a quick meal, or even a “fancy” appetizer for you next backyard barbecue.

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Grilled Cilantro Pesto Shrimp Skewers


  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
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Ingredients

For the pesto:

  • 2 cups cilantro, large stems removed (about 1 bunch)
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

For the skewers:

  • 2 pounds large peeled, tail-on shrimp
  • 1012 wooden skewers

Instructions

  1. Soak the wooden skewers in water for a minimum of 20 minutes.
  2. In a food processor, combine all of the pesto ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  3. Place the shrimp in a large bowl and add the pesto. Stir to coat the shrimp.
  4. While the shrimp marinate, preheat a grill to medium, indirect heat (375˚F – 400˚F).
  5. Place shrimp on skewers, and grill for 5 -6 minutes, turning once.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  • Reply
    Michelle
    July 25, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    The shrimp look wonderful! Going to the store right now!

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      July 25, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks Michelle!

  • Reply
    Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness
    July 26, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Oooh! This looks amazing!
    I’m glad your mom liked them! My boyfriend isn’t such a shrimp fan either. Maybe I can change his mind with these!

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      July 28, 2015 at 2:08 am

      My husband wasn’t a fan when we started dating either. I’ve slowly but surely changed his opinion on that and a few other key foods. I think it’s totally possible!

  • Reply
    Alison @Food by Mars
    July 28, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Yum! These look delightful and I eat pesto on everything and anything – so simple and I’m sure so flavorful!

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      July 28, 2015 at 2:08 am

      I know. How can you NOT eat pesto on anything and everything?! It’s so amazing. 🙂

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