Shrimp is a great grilling option because it's lean (that means less likelihood of flare-ups that cause burning or charring) and also because it cooks so quickly. Look for fresh or frozen lemongrass in Asian markets and some gourmet grocery stores. You can substitute 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind for the lemongrass in a pinch.
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 fresh lemongrass stalk, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 large garlic clove, grated
36 jumbo Tiger shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 2 pounds)
How to Make It
Combine 1/4 cup sugar, canola oil, fish sauce, chopped lemongrass, and grated garlic in a food processor or mini chopper; process until the lemongrass is finely chopped. Transfer sugar mixture to a large zip-top plastic bag. Add shrimp; seal and marinate in refrigerator 45 minutes.
Prepare grill to high heat.
Remove shrimp from bag; discard marinade. Thread 6 shrimp onto each of 6 (12-inch) skewers. Place skewers on grill rack; grill 2 minutes on each side or until done.
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