Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Dan Becker
Total Time
30 Mins
Makes 4 to 6 servings

Marinate shrimp in a combination of fresh herbs, juices, rum, lime zest, salt, and sugar for a fresh, tropical take on the classic mojito cocktail. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for high heat (you can hold your hand 1 to 2 in. above cooking grate only 1 to 2 seconds). Meanwhile, put shrimp in a 1-gal. resealable plastic bag and pour in marinade. Seal and marinate at room temperature 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 2

Remove shrimp, reserving marinade. Thread shrimp onto 6 or 7 (10- to 14-in.) metal or bamboo skewers.

Step 3

Arrange shrimp on grill and baste with marinade (dab some mint and shallot onto shrimp); close lid. Cook until shrimp are just beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn shrimp over, baste again, and close lid. Cook 1 to 2 minutes until browned but still moist in center (cut to check). Transfer shrimp to a platter, drizzle with lime juice, and garnish with mint sprigs.

Step 4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Chef's Notes

Don't marinate for more than the recommended time or the rum and lime juice will "cook" the shrimp and ruin their texture.

Ratings & Reviews

woofpup87's Review

June 12, 2014
Since I would not ruin good shrimp with mint, I substituted 2 cloves of garlic for it and reduced the sugar to 2 tablespoons. This made an excellent marinade to some great shrimp.

phoebe1214's Review

June 01, 2014
Wonderful flavor but just too sweet. I will absolutely make again, but I'll cut the amount of sugar in half next time.

WendyK2012's Review

September 23, 2013

robertrdickey's Review

June 08, 2013
I love shrimp,and this was excellent. Also good as a marinate is garlic teriyaki.

ekvalencia12's Review

November 19, 2012
My husband and I liked this recipe, the kid, not so much. I didn't have Mint so I made it with Pisco and Cilantro. Quick and easy - makes a great appetizer, especially if you already have the grill going.

Marsha315's Review

June 24, 2011
There is no link for the mojito marinade. Just type "Mojito Marinade" in the MY RECIPES search box. That will bring up the complete recipe. I have not made this recipe yet, but will try it in the future.

gsteedrecipes's Review

June 14, 2011
I have used this website for years for recipes and am quite familiar with clicking on an addt. recipe included. However there is NO link for the mojito marinade. I would greatly appreciate if someone that has visibility will include in a review the MOJITO MARINADE details so I can try this recipe - sounds like a winner. Thanks !!!

cjmelt76's Review

May 30, 2011
excellent recipe! Peel the shrimp and cook them right on the grill. After measuring out the rum for the recipe my wife and I drank the rest while we cooked. I like rum.

SkiCam's Review

October 09, 2010
I used a grill pan for this recipe and with the high sugar content was challenged keeping the marinade from burning on the pan.I didn't love the sugar-sweet rum flavor - not enough citrus or heat balance. Plus, pulling the shells off after cooking proved to be a challenge. Not a favorite.

Bev799's Review

June 03, 2010
For the person who says the lime and shallots are omitted from the recipe, click on the mojito marinade to further obtain the rest of the ingredients. Sounds good; I will try it.