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How to Grill or Broil Shrimp

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Easy shrimp on skewers are seasoned, baked and lightly broiled for a tasty seafood meal.

Easy shrimp on skewers are seasoned, baked and lightly broiled for a tasty seafood meal.

The Connection Between Health and Cooking Methods

Shrimp is an extremely popular choice of shelled seafood of the crustacean family. Whether fried, sauteed, broiled, grilled, or baked, most people love shrimp—unless they are allergic to it or it is against their religion to consume it.

Depending on the method of preparation, shrimp is either really bad for you or really good for you. Frequent consumption of fried shrimp or shrimp drenched in melted butter, heavy creams, and sauces high in sodium can decrease the nutritional value and benefits.

Shrimp also has a higher level of cholesterol than other seafood. For those who are watching their cholesterol levels, eating too much shrimp is not a good idea.

The cooking method is key to preparing and eating a healthier shrimp meal. To ensure that your shrimp meal is healthy, the cooking method has to be taken into consideration.

This recipe uses spices and other ingredients that are known to promote good health. This special combination includes turmeric, cayenne, ginger, garlic, and olive oil. The choice of ingredients, coupled with the cooking method, ensures a healthful and tasty meal.

Nutritional Benefits

Shrimp is best eaten broiled, grilled, or baked, without a lot of added salts and fats.

The main nutritional benefits of shrimp, depending on preparation, are as follows:

  • Low in calories
  • Low in saturated fats
  • No carbohydrates
  • High in protein
  • Excellent source of amino acids, vitamin C, vitamin B-12, omega fatty acids, iron, and selenium

This recipe has all the elements of a healthy seafood dinner, using the bake/broil cooking method.

In addition to the ingredients, you will need:

  • 2 medium-size bowls (one for thawing and one for seasoning)
  • 1 covered dish to marinate shrimp
  • 1 small baking sheet or shallow baking pan
  • 3 metal skewers
A combination of savory seasonings creates a tasty shrimp meal.

A combination of savory seasonings creates a tasty shrimp meal.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (14 to 16) jumbo deveined shrimp, easy-peel, raw frozen, or fresh
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Spike Salt-Free Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian herbs seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon Goya Sazon (without annatto)
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

50 min

8 min

58 min

2 servings (7 to 8 shrimp per person)

Directions (Only 5 Steps!)

  1. Place frozen shrimp in a bowl of cold water to thaw in the refrigerator earlier in the day or overnight. Discard water after thawing (or if using fresh shrimp), peel, and replace in bowl. Leave tails on shrimp as shown.
  2. Rinse well with cold water and lemon juice. Make sure to use cold water when thawing, peeling and rinsing raw shrimp. Hot water will begin to cook shrimp by turning it pink immediately.
  3. Put shrimp in a clean bowl and add dry seasonings, one at a time, tossing each time to evenly distribute. Add olive oil and red wine vinegar. Stir to create marinade. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Coat pan with cooking spray. Place shrimp onto skewers as shown from tail end to top end. Place skewered shrimp onto baking pan. [I like to lay a sheet of foil onto pan first.] Use edges of baking pan to raise skewers for best results. Set aside. Prepare desired quick side dishes at this time before putting shrimp in oven as they cook very fast.
  5. Place shrimp into 450 degree oven (toaster oven works well). After 3 minutes, turn each skewer. After another 3 minutes, turn oven dial to broil. Broil shrimp for another 2 minutes. Serve shrimp immediately by gently removing from skewers onto plate, paired with sides. This recipe is great for the grill as well.

Easy Shrimp Dinner Plate for a Healthier You

Serving suggestion includes rice pilaf and sauteed spinach with sliced garlic, olive oil, and sea salt.

Serving suggestion includes rice pilaf and sauteed spinach with sliced garlic, olive oil, and sea salt.

Your Favorite Way To Eat Shrimp

A Healthier Alternative

Questions & Answers

Question: What is an easy way to broil shrimp?

Answer: You can bake or broil with this recipe. Depending on the amount of heat you're using (electric grill or toaster oven, outdoor charcoal or gas grill), the cooking time will vary. Anywhere from 2 to 3 minutes on each side turning once, should suffice.

© 2013 Janis Leslie Evans

Comments

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on November 26, 2015:

Wonderful aesta1! They are perfect as appetizers, very tasty, too. Thank you for finding this hub and trying this recipe. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 25, 2015:

Will definitely try this. I plan to have shrimp appetizers for thanksgiving, so finding this recipe is timely.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 11, 2015:

Great! I hope you like it and it turns out well. Thanks for visiting.

Akriti Mattu from Shimla, India on May 11, 2015:

Thank you for this post. I'll try the recepie some time and then get back to you.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on February 16, 2014:

You're welcome, suziecat7. Thank you for visiting and reading it.

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on February 16, 2014:

I love shrimp. Thanks for the great Hub and recipe.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on January 06, 2014:

I was surprised, too when I saw the amount on the package. Like everything else, it's all good in moderation. Thanks so much for your visit, wilderness. Let me know how it turns out.

Dan Harmon from Boise, Idaho on January 06, 2014:

As a shrimp lover from way back, this one is on the menu tonight.

I will say it's interesting that shrimp is high in cholesterol; as a heart attack victim my cardiologist has recommended that shrimp be on the diet. Maybe it's the "good" cholesterol?

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on September 30, 2013:

Absolutely, RTalloni. Thanks for stopping by.

RTalloni on September 30, 2013:

An easy recipe for a meal that will delight guests--thanks!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on August 14, 2013:

Thanks for the visit. Enjoy!

poe9368 on August 14, 2013:

Love shrimp. Your recipe sounds delicious. Will give it a try. Thanks.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on August 13, 2013:

Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by.

Jason Benedict from Boca Raton, Florida on August 12, 2013:

Hmm Bookmarked, going to try making these in the oven =) I love shrimp but I've always just cooked em in a pan.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 24, 2013:

Thank you much, moonlake. I appreciate that. Thank you for the visit.

moonlake from America on May 24, 2013:

These look delicious and your photos are so nice . I voted up and gave this five stars.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 11, 2013:

(Smiling) Thanks, Marcy. It is a different flavor that is yummy. Thanks for reading this one, hope you like it outdoors.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on May 11, 2013:

I love the combination of flavors you include (I need to use ginger more often!). Shrimp is one of my all-time favorites, so I will remember this one for summertime grilling or broiling. Yum!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 30, 2013:

Thank you much, appreciate the comment.

Dil Vil from India on March 30, 2013:

Nice recipe, good work!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 29, 2013:

I'm glad it appealed to you, Thelma. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on March 29, 2013:

Yummy! I will definitely try this later. Thanks for sharing.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 28, 2013:

Hey Vicki, thanks! I hope it turns out well. Thanks for stopping by.

Vickiw on March 28, 2013:

That looks delicious! I will be sure to give it a try!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 28, 2013:

Hi rumanasaiyed,

I hope you try it and like it. Still make your gravy on the side:-) Thank you for your comment, good to have you visit.

Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on March 28, 2013:

Hi, Janshares,

Your dish looks very yummy. BTW shrimp is my favorite seafood, but I just prefer to have it with gravy.

I should now try your recipe too.

Voted up useful and Shared!

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 27, 2013:

Thanks, Vacation Trip, glad you liked it. You're very welcome.

Susan from India on March 27, 2013:

Wow. I love eating shrimp and this recipe is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 27, 2013:

Great! You're welcome. Thanks for the visit.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on March 27, 2013:

Thank you for this. And shrimp is on sale here.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 26, 2013:

You're very welcome, thanks.

SandCastles on March 26, 2013:

I'll try this recipe. thanks.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on March 26, 2013:

Thanks, Bill. I hope you enjoy it. Make your own adjustments for flavor, sodium, doneness, etc.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 26, 2013:

What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing and for sure we will be trying this.