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Grilled Watermelon and Shrimp

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

Coastal Living MAY 2012

  • Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
  • Cook time: 30 Minutes
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes
  • Grill: 10 Minutes
  • Total: 1 Hour


  • 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.


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