These Easy Pesto Grilled Shrimp use pesto as a quick marinade for shrimp. Fire up the grill and make these easy grilled shrimp for dinner tonight!
This post was originally published on June 28th, 2017. It was updated on May 13th, 2019.
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Summer is finally here and it is time to start grilling! Have you ever made grilled shrimp? Shrimp cook so quickly, they are done in a matter of minutes. And wondering what to use as a marinade for shrimp? Instead of a complicated marinade, I just used pesto as a quick marinade for my shrimp. Hello, 2 ingredients, fast, and super easy? This is something you can grill for dinner, even on a busy weeknight.
I wanted to use up some of my Nut-Free Homemade Pesto, so I decided to try this incredibly easy and quick grilling recipe. All you need to do is marinade the shrimp for 15 minutes in the pesto and then pop on the grill for about 3-4 minutes. One of the fastest and easiest dinners of all time.
How to grill shrimp
Shrimp cook incredibly quickly and it is very easy to overcook them. Overcooked shrimp are unpleasantly rubbery, so it is best to err on the side of caution and take them off the grill as soon as they are turning pink. To make shrimp skewers, first marinade the shrimp for about 15 minutes. Then thread shrimp onto metal skewers (I used THESE). Grill over medium high heat, about 90 seconds per side.
Pesto Grilled Shrimp
- 1 pound shrimp tails on and shells removed
- 1/2 cup pesto Homemade or store bought
- Toss shrimp in pesto, allow to marinate for 15 minutes.
- Thread shrimp onto skewers. Grill over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes per side. Shrimp cooks VERY quickly, remove from grill just as it is starting to turn pink.