2 to 2 1/2 pounds peeled, deveined shrimp (12 to 15 per lb.), rinsed and drained
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
2 or 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground pepper
How to Make It
In a bowl, mix salt and sugar. Add shrimp and stir gently to coat. Cover and chill 45 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse shrimp well and drain; also rinse and dry bowl.
Return shrimp to bowl. Add olive oil, parsley, lemon peel, garlic, and pepper. Mix to coat. Thread shrimp on metal or soaked wooden skewers, running skewer through the body once near the tail and once near the head end of each shrimp so it looks like the letter C.
Lay shrimp skewers on an oiled barbecue grill over hot coals or high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 2 to 3 seconds); close lid on gas grill. Cook, turning once, until shrimp are bright pink and opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), 5 to 6 minutes total. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over shrimp.
Wine Pick: Dry rosé or Sauvignon Blanc. The shrimp are both sweet and salty, so they call for some soft, round fruit balanced with crispness in a wine. Bonny Doon Vineyards' Ca' del Solo Big House Pink ($10) meshes perfectly and is a great toes-in-the-sand beverage; Joel Gott's Napa Valley Three Ranches Sauvignon Blanc ($18) works well too.
Notes: A brief cure in salt and sugar not only adds flavor to the shrimp and makes them more tender but also acts as a mild preservative for transporting them. You can assemble the skewers through step 2 up to 1 day ahead; cover and chill. Prep and cook time: about 1 hour, plus at least 45 minutes to cure.
This was delicious but I also found it too salty for my taste, and I rinsed it really well. So will change it a little bit because other than that it is wonderful! I will definitely serve this dish for company!
SUPER YUMMY!! I first grilled these 6 years ago for a family 4th of July BBQ and they were a big hit! I've been making them ever since. The secret is in the brine.. Do not skip this step! If you don't have the time better to sauté them in olive oil and white wine.
I made these as an appetizer before dinner and everyone loved them. The flavor was delicious and they were even better with fresh lemon squeezed on them when they were done. Both the adults and the kids loved this recipe. It's a keeper for sure.
I thought someone should point out the recipe calls for really gigantic shrimp (12-15 per lb), and using smaller shrimp might explain the extreme saltiness some have experienced. Smaller shrimp would require less brining time or a more dilute brine.