Grilled Watermelon and Shrimp

Grilled Watermelon and Shrimp Recipe
Photo: David Tsay
Fire up the grill for light and refreshing Grilled Watermelon and Shrimp. It's the perfect summertime go-to meal for casual gatherings.

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Makes 4 to 6 servings

Recipe from

Coastal Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 30 Minutes
Grill: 10 Minutes
Total: 1 Hours


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


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.


Cat Cora,

May 2012
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