These Teriyaki Shrimp Skewers are an easy grilling recipe for just about any occasion. Sweet and smoky homemade teriyaki sauce is the perfect pairing to these perfectly grilled shrimp.
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Skewers: The Perfect Beginner’s Grilling Recipe
If you are a beginner on the grill, there is always one word that you can count on to ensure an easy recipe that has very little risk of failing. The word? Skewers! Throwing some meat and veggies onto a stick and cooking over an open flame seems to be a prefered method to cooking since the dawn of man. And it isn’t any less important to our cuisine these days. Weather it is chicken, pork or beef, simply skewer it and cook it. You really can’t go wrong.
Teriyaki Shrimp Skewers
But, sometimes people forget that you can also make shrimp skewers on the grill. And they always cook up fantastic. So today I’m sharing this recipe for Teriyaki Shrimp Skewers. Nice and crispy on the outside, tender and juicy inside, this grilled shrimp recipe is so quick and easy. It’s a great alternative from the normal Shish Kebab and skewer recipes your guests may be used to.
Wooden Skewers or Metal Skewers?
A common question is what type of skewer is best to use on a grill. If you look around the internet, you’ll see folks land on both sides. And they both have their pros and cons.
With metal skewers, the heat will conduct much more easily. This results in the food being cooked from the inside out as well as from the outside heat source inwards. So, you can cook your food more thoroughly this way. One problem with this conducting heat is that they can be very hot to the touch and a little harder to handle. Metal skewers can also be more expensive than wooden or bamboo ones, but they are reusable.
On the other hand, wooden skewers can be easier to handle and won’t be as hot to the touch. But they may not cook the meat as well, which could be a problem if you’ve got thicker portions of meat. Also, they are, in fact, made of wood, and when wood is put over the fire, it can obviously burn. So, you’ll have to soak them in water for about 30 minutes before using them. They are less expensive, but can only be used once.
The bottom line is that it just depends what you are cooking, what your budget is and if you want to soak them in water beforehand. But you could really make either metal or wood work.
Using Frozen Shrimp On The Grill
If all you’ve got is frozen shrimp for this recipe, no worries. It should work just fine. You will be marinating these in the fridge for about 2 hours anyways. That should get them a head start in defrosting and frozen shrimp actually cook pretty well on the grill anyways!
What Goes Well With Teriyaki Shrimp Skewers
We just put shrimp on our skewers, but there are lots of delicious things that you can put on the grill along with them. Some ideas are:
- Red Peppers
- Orange Peppers
How To Serve Teriyaki Shrimp Skewers
One of the awesome things about this recipe is that there is so much you can do with your shrimp once you get it off of the grill. They would go great with some ramen noodles or some fresh steamed white rice. You can use them to make a salad, sandwich or some tacos as well!
Some side dish ideas to serve with your shrimp are:
- Corn and Tomato Salad
- Korean Sweet Potatoes
- Rotini Pasta Salad
- Any one of these Delicious Salad Recipes!
Notes and Variations
- Make sure to put your shrimp on “lengthwise” (check out the pictures). This ensures even cooking and that the shrimp will not fall off.
- We garnished ours with some fresh parsley. You can also chop up some cilantro or use some sesame seeds to sprinkle on top.
Teriyaki Shrimp Skewers
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
In a quart size bag, add the soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and ginger.
Add the shrimp to the bag. Close the zipper and shake the bag to coat the shrimp. Place in the refrigerator and marinate for at least one hour.
While the shrimp is marinating, place skewers in water to soak if using wooden skewers.
When the shrimp are ready, place five shrimp on each skewer.
Place the shrimp on the grill over direct heat for five to six minutes, then flip the shrimp and cook for another five to six minutes on the other side. The shrimp are done when they turn pink
Make sure to put your shrimp on "lengthwise" (check out the pictures). This ensures even cooking and that the shrimp will not fall off.
We garnished ours with some fresh parsley. You can also chop up some cilantro or use some sesame seeds to sprinkle on top.