Grilled Shrimp Skewers

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I was getting tired of bringing the same stuff to every BBQ I went to.  Chips & a dip, brownies, cupcakes, hot dogs or hamburgers. I decided to go out on a limb (for me) and make shrimp skewers for the last BBQ I attended.  I tested two different recipes because I couldn’t decide which sounded better.  They were both a huge hit and SO easy.  I would definitely bring them to another BBQ or even to a tailgating party.  Below are my trials and tribulations with Lemon Basil Shrimp and Tequila Lime Shrimp.

I don’t consider myself a “fish” expert in the cooking world.  My mom was allergic to all seafood so I was not brought up with a general knowledge of how to cook or prepare anything from the sea.  I decided that shrimp would be an easy start and a great thing to bring to a BBQ.  A little different than the norm.

I bought 1 & 1/2 pounds of peeled and deveined shrimp at the local grocery store.  I rinsed the shrimp in cold water when I got home and divided it into two portions.  I also took a handful of bamboo skewers and started soaking them in water.  This prevents them from burning up on the grill.

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I started with the lemon basil shrimp.  I’ve listed the ingredients below:

4 cloves of garlic put through the garlic press
2 tablespoons of fresh basil leaves roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of dried parsley (I would have used fresh but I didn’t have any)
1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
2 lemons, juiced
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 teaspoons of sea salt
1 teaspoon of cracked pepper

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I mixed all of the above ingredients in a small bowl and then put the shrimp and the mixture in a plastic bag to marinate for a little.

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Ok so before I show you what the final product ended up looking like for the Lemon Basil ones, here’s how I did the Tequila Lime.

I combined the ingredients below in a small bowl and mixed them together with a fork.  Once I had the mixture I put the marinade and the raw shrimp in a plastic bag and into the fridge.

Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons of Tequila
A pinch of cumin
2 cloves of crushed garlic
Cracked sea salt to taste
Cracked pepper to taste

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I was in a rush to get to the BBQ so I couldn’t let these marinate as long as I wanted.  I took them out of the bags and stuck four shrimp on each bamboo skewer.  I added a lemon slice or lime wedge in the middle of the stick depending on what flavor marinade they were in.  I then stuck the skewers back in the marinade bag and then in a tinfoil tray so they wouldn’t leak.

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Once we got to the BBQ we stored the shrimp in the fridge for another hour or so and then it was grill time!  We stuck the skewers on a hot grill for 1 minute on each side.  These babies cook fast so watch them carefully!

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My taste testers said that both marinades were delicious but they tended to like the lemon basil a little better.  I’m going to agree with them and say I liked the lemon better as well.  The Tequila Lime ones were OK in comparison to the Lemon Basil, but then again I’m really not a Tequila girl (bring on the vodka!)

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Try them out & let me know which one wins over your taste buds!

xoxo

Corporate Crafty Chic

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