How to Grill Shrimp Without Skewers Recipe

Learn how to grill shrimp without skewers, right on the barbecue! They are tender, flavorful, and perfectly cooked on the grill. A great recipe to barbecue for guests and serve up with your favorite side dishes and dipping sauce.

I’ll give you two ways to grill shrimp without using skewers, and our favorite garlic lemon shrimp recipe! Serve with Big Green Egg salmon and fresh cucumber salad for a fantastic and easy summer dinner recipe.

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We got a Big Green Egg grill a few years ago and it’s a total game-changer for summer entertaining. It’s fantastic for all kinds of meats, veggies, and seafood, especially shrimp! No wooden skewers, no problem! You can still have shrimp with a nice char.

Grilled shrimp is one of my favorites on the grill, but if you’re not careful, the shrimp can fall through the grill grates.

This simple grilled shrimp recipe uses three different ways to grill shrimp: in a foil pouch, a cast iron pan or griddle pan insert, or a grill basket so you can grill shrimp on one side, and cook steaks, salmon, or even bake bread on the other half at the same time.

This Grilled Shrimp with No Skewers Recipe Is

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Flavorful
  • Cooked to Perfection
  • Garlicky
  • Low Carb & Keto Friendly
  • A Great Summer Seafood Grill Recipe

Put Your Cast Iron to Work!

To grill shrimp without skewers, you can cook them up on a cast iron pan, or a cast iron griddle pan. Heat the pan directly on the grates, and add your shrimp, oil, and spices right in the pan.

Since we have a Big Green Egg, we got a plancha grill pan which is great for veggies and stir fries, and a Dutch oven pot which I use to bake bread in while the oven is hot. We also get good use out of our  meat thermometer which we always use to check the internal temperature of meats. You can use a charcoal grill or a gas grill for shrimp.

Browse through all our favorite summer grilling recipes here!

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What’s in This Easy Cast Iron Shrimp Recipe?

  • Shrimp – uncooked, peeled, and deveined shrimp. Try to get large shrimp or Jumbo shrimp for this recipe.  I would stay away from medium shrimp unless you are using a grill basket. If using frozen shrimp, make sure to thaw before grilling.
  • Sunflower Oil: our go-to oil for everything, it has a neutral mild flavor, great for roasting or grilling! Sunflower is a high oleic oil, so it’s also great to use for high temperatures like grilling.
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt: I like to use a pink Himalayan Sea Salt in my kitchen, which has more natural minerals than plain processed table salt.  It’s inexpensive, so I’d recommend this salt if you’re looking for an easy way to level up your spice pantry.
  • Tellicherry Peppercorns: It’s amazing the flavor difference you can get with really good tellicherry black pepper.  Amazon has a generic brand tellicherry peppercorn which is the same price is buying pre-ground, and will add way more flavor to your recipes.
  • Fresh Lemon Zest or Lime Juice
  • Fresh Herbs like parsley or cilantro for topping

Great Ways to Enjoy Your Cooked Shrimp

After cooking shrimp, you can enjoy them by themselves, or in so many wonderful recipes! The recipe below is basic as it’s one of our favorite shrimp recipes, but you can jazz it up with some great variations below.

  • Serve grilled shrimp with lemon wedges, cocktail sauce for a shrimp cocktail.
  • Add some chili powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin for shrimp tacos.
  • Toss with fresh garlic and enjoy garlic shrimp on a great scampi pasta.
  • Serve it up with tzatziki sauce made with a creamy full-fat yogurt cucumber sauce.
  • Top on salads for quick and easy protein.
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How To Cook Shrimp Without Bamboo Skewers

  1. Heat your grill and allow the grill to heat up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Meanwhile, rinse the uncooked shrimp under cold water, drain, and place in a mixing bowl. To the shrimp, add lemon juice, sunflower oil, chopped garlic, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and allow to marinate while the grill heats up, for at least 15 minutes.
  3. For a foil wrap, add the shrimp to a foil pack and seal the top. Add the foil pack to the hot grill, and grill for 10 minutes or until shrimp are opaque pink and cooked through.
  4. Once the grill reaches temperature, open the lid, and add the shrimp to a grill basket or grill pan/cast iron skillet, cook the shrimp on the grill pan or basked for 2-3 minutes on one side (smaller shrimp will cook quicker), until opaque pink, the using a large spatula, flip each shrimp, and cook on the other side for an additional 2-3 minutes until cooked through and opaque pink.
  5. Remove shrimp from grill, and serve!

Easy Grilled Shrimp Recipes for Entertaining

Grilling shrimp is always a treat when Entertaining – it’s tasty and you can feed guests in about 30 minutes.  This quick shrimp has the best flavor, and are so good for summer gatherings, party invites, or when you just want a tasty homemade meal on the grill. It takes minimal efforts for some amazing flavor! These Easy Entertaining Recipes are great for friends, family, and guests.

It’s easy, delicious, and totally crowd-pleasing. If you’re heading to a party, potluck, or BBQ, check out these great list of top host gifts for summer entertaining for that next-level gift your host will love!

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Big Green Egg Salmon Recipe

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Baked or Grilled Calzone Recipe 

Big Green Egg Turkey Breast

Grilled Chicken Wings

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How To Grill Shrimp Without Skewers

Kelly Jensen
This grilled shrimp without skewers recipe is tender, flavorful, and perfectly cooked on the grill. A great recipe to barbecue for guests and serve up with your favorite side dishes and dipping sauce.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Grilling
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 147 kcal

Equipment

  • Grill
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
  • Cast Iron Skillet or Grill Pan
  • Grill Basket

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb shrimp uncooked, peeled, and deveined
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil or other high-heat oil
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Heat your grill and allow the grill to heat up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Meanwhile, rinse the uncooked shrimp under cold water, drain, and place in a mixing bowl. To the shrimp, add lemon juice, sunflower oil, chopped garlic, garlic powder, salt, and pepper and allow to marinate while the grill heats up, for at least 15 minutes.
  • For a foil wrap, add the shrimp to a foil pack and seal the top. Add the foil pack to the hot grill, and grill for 10 minutes or until shrimp are opaque pink and cooked through.
  • Once the grill reaches temperature, open the lid, and add the shrimp to a grill basket or grill pan/cast iron skillet, cook the shrimp on the grill pan or basked for 2-3 minutes on one side (smaller shrimp will cook quicker), until opaque pink, the using a large spatula, flip each shrimp, and cook on the other side for an additional 2-3 minutes until cooked through and opaque pink.
  • Remove shrimp from grill, and serve!

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 24gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 183mgSodium: 283mgPotassium: 374mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 87mgIron: 1mg
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