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Garlic and Herb Grilled Shrimp Skewers

This recipe and photography was provided courtesy of local cookbook author and chef, Carla Snyder. Learn more about Carla and discover her recipes at 

Big juicy shrimp bathed in lemon, rosemary and garlic are the perfect kickoff to summer, and they’re a cinch to cook. Let the kids do the lemon squeezing and shrimp skewering. They’ll love helping out.

It’s that easy: I keep a supply of skewers in various sizes on hand so that I always have what I need. I’m partial to flat skewers. They are wide but thin to allow food slide on easily and not twirl when you flip to cook the other side. I find 4-inch, 6-inch and 12-inchskewers to be the most useful.

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Garlic herb grilled shrimp on skewer
Garlic and Herb Grilled Shrimp Skewers
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  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves stripped and chopped, plus extra sprigs for garnish
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing shrimp
  • Juice of 1 lemon, plus lemon wedges for garnish
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 36 Heinen's frozen shrimp, thawed
  • 12 6-inch wooden skewers


  1. On a large cutting board, mince the garlic, chop the rosemary and add them to a large Ziploc bag. Add the oil, juice, salt and shrimp. Squeeze out the air, seal and marinate the shrimp. Chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. While the shrimp marinates, soak the skewers in a shallow dish with water for at least 30 minutes. Prepare the grill if using charcoal.
  3. Thread three shrimp on each skewer and brush with additional oil. Grill shrimp on an oiled rack set about 5 inches over the glowing coals, or on a gas grill, set to medium for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until just cooked through.
  4. Alternatively, brush the shrimp with additional oil and grill in a hot, well-seasoned ridged grill pan over moderately high heat for 2-3 minutes per side, or until cooked through. You can also bake in a 425°F oven for about 7 minutes.
  5. Garnish shrimp with rosemary sprigs and serve with lemon wedges.

Make ahead: The shrimp can be cooked a day ahead, then refrigerated. Reheat for 30 seconds in the microwave to warm them up.

Extra Tasty: Wrapping seafood in prosciutto makes such good sense. It  helps to protect the seafood from drying out during the cooking process and also lends its rich, salty flavor to whatever it encases. Just before skewering the shrimp, wrap each one in a halved strip of prosciutto and grill as directed.

Garlic Herb Grilled Shrimp

Carla Snyder in her kitchen
By Carla Snyder
Carla has spent the past 30 years in the food world as a caterer, artisan baker, cooking school teacher, food writer and author of 6 cook books including the James Beard nominated Big Book of Appetizers. Her passion is sharing fresh, cooked-from-scratch weeknight meals that cut prep time and practically eliminate that nightly sink full of dishes.

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