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Grilled Watermelon and Shrimp

Photo: David Tsay
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 30 mins
Grill time 10 mins
Total time 1 hr
Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings
Fire up the grill for light and refreshing Grilled Watermelon and Shrimp. It's the perfect summertime go-to meal for casual gatherings.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno chiles, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cilantro sprigs, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 pound large shrimp, tails on, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small seedless watermelon with rind on, halved and sliced
  • 1 lime, halved
  • Garnish: sliced green onion, toasted unsweetened coconut

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill to high heat (400° to 450°).

  2. Combine sugar and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Transfer 1 1/2 cups syrup to a bowl; set aside.

  3. Add bell peppers and next 3 ingredients to remaining syrup in saucepan. Simmer over medium heat 25 to 30 minutes or until liquid is syrupy and peppers are tender.

  4. Meanwhile, combine shrimp, 2 tablespoons oil, lime juice, and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Grill shrimp 4 minutes on each side or until cooked through; set aside.

  5. Brush each side of watermelon with reserved syrup and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Grill 1 minute on each side.

  6. Arrange watermelon and shrimp on serving plates, squeeze lime over watermelon and shrimp, and top with pepper marmalade. Garnish, if desired.