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Grilled Shrimp and Lemon Kebabs

Photo: Quentin Bacon
Prep time 20 mins
Other time 10 mins

Makes 4 servings

Grilled Shrimp and Lemon Kebabs make the perfect, savory appetizer for a summer cookout.


  • 24 medium shrimp, shells on, deveined
  • 2 lemons, cut into small wedges
  • 3 yellow squash or zucchini, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 sprigs fresh basil
  • 16 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

Nutrition Information

  • calories 86
  • caloriesfromfat 41 %
  • fat 4 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • cholesterol 55 mg
  • sodium 540 mg
  • carbohydrate 7 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • sugars 3 g
  • protein 9 g

How to Make It

  1. Heat a broiler on high.

    Place the shrimp and lemon wedges on 8 skewers, alternating them. Halve the squash or zucchini lengthwise, then cut them into 1-inch-thick slices. Divide the squash among the remaining 8 skewers. (If you don't have skewers, place the individual ingredients on a baking sheet.) Place the skewers on a foil-lined baking sheet. Brush the kebabs with the oil and season with the salt. Broil, turning once, until the shrimp are cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer the shrimp-and-lemon skewers to a platter. Continue to broil the squash until tender, 3 to 4 minutes more. Serve the shrimp and squash with the basil, torn into pieces if desired.

    Tip: For a little more money, you can buy shrimp that are already peeled and deveined, though cooking them with the shells on retains moisture and flavor. To keep the shell intact while you devein the shrimp, use scissors or a knife to cut the shell along the vein up to the tail. Then use the tip of a knife to remove the vein.