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shrimp skewers layered one on top of the other on a white plate

Garlic Basil Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Crisp and juicy grilled shrimp stacked on a skewer and marinated to perfection with garlic, lime, and other simple seasonings.

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Course Dinner/Appetizers
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 294 kcal


  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact
  • lime wedges, for serving


  1. Combine basil leaves, parsley, olive oil, garlic, lime juice, salt, and pepper in a mini food processor and puree.

  2. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the basil mixture.

  3. Add shrimp to a large bowl.

  4. Add remaining basil mixture to the shrimp and gently stir to combine. Cover and let sit 15 to 20 minutes. If using bamboo skewers, let them sit in water for at least 15 minutes before adding on the shrimp.

  5. Preheat a grill to Medium-High.

  6. Thread the shrimp onto the skewers.

  7. Brush the grill grates with vegetable oil.

  8. Grill the shrimp skewers for about 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until just charred and cooked through.

    When properly cooked, the shrimp exterior should be pink with red tails and the flesh will be slightly opaque in color. Do not cook for too long or the shrimp will be rubbery.

  9. Remove shrimp from grill and brush with reserved basil mixture. Serve with lime wedges.

Recipe Notes

NET CARBS: 0 grams

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Basil Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 294 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 429mg143%
Sodium 1615mg67%
Potassium 157mg4%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 254mg25%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.