Easy grilled shrimp kabobs, tossed up in a Mediterranean marinade with garlic and fresh herbs, then quickly grilled for the perfect dinner or appetizer to feed a small crowd.

Be sure to check out my tips and video for how to grill shrimp perfectly every time! No outdoor grill? You can cook these shrimp skewers using an indoor griddle or skillet.

Shrimp kabobs on platter

As a girl who grew up on the Mediterranean, I'm a big fan of seafood and really enjoy cooking all sorts of it. For the most part, unless it's paella, I can put together a simple fish dinner like baked cod or fish en papillote in just over 20 minutes.

And I would say the same of shrimp, which I conveniently keep in the freezer for a quick weeknight shrimp pasta or barbecue like today's shrimp kabobs!

These kabobs can double up as an appetizer for a big party or dinner next to your favorite side or salad. And if the weather puts a damper on your plans, you can totally grill them indoors!

Tips for best grilled shrimp

A few simple tips make all the difference in achieving flavor packed and perfectly grilled shrimp.

  • Start with large shrimp. I usually go with 20/25 shrimp per pound (larger if I can find them). They're meatier and easier to work. Buy easy-to-peel shrimp and peel them yourself, they're cheaper this way and they taste better.
  • Marinate the shrimp for just a few minutes in a tasty olive-oil based marinade (ideally 30 minutes in the fridge, but even just 10 minutes will help). This is a great way to infuse the shrimp with flavor and keeps them nice and juicy when grilling (more on the shrimp kabob marinade later)
raw peeled shrimp tossed with marinate
  • Use Skewers. I've been known to grill shrimp in a skillet without skewers; usually I will only do this in a skillet or griddle. But how do you keep shrimp from falling into the grill or from accidently overcooking? Skewers are your ticket! Threading the shrimp into skewers also makes them so much easier to flip over (I use a pair of tongs to hold and turn over my shrimp). If using bamboo skewers, be sure to soak them in water for 30 minutes to an hour before using.
raw shrimp skewered on bamboo skewers
  • Do not overcook the shrimp. Even the largest of shrimp will grill quickly (anywhere from 5 to 7 minutes).

Grilled shrimp marinade

When it comes to what goes in the marinade for your shrimp kabobs, avoid using citrus as the acid will change the texture of the shrimp. I hold off on adding lemon juice until the shrimp is cooked.

I like to use an olive oil-based marinade (Private Reserve Greek EVOO is great for this) with fresh garlic, lemon zest (not lemon juice) and a few spices and herbs--fresh parsley, dry oregano, paprika, coriander, and a pinch of red pepper flakes (you can change the spices up to your liking).

The olive oil in the marinade will help in three ways:

  • It will help distribute the flavors from spices and dry herbs evenly all over the shrimp
  • The fat from the olive oil will also protect the fresh garlic from burning and really enhance its flavor
  • And, particularly if you're using an outdoor grill, it provides a nice protective coating for the shrimp, keeping them plump and juicy as they develop a little char on the grill

How to cook shrimp kabobs: two ways

I love making these shrimp kebabs all year-round! Although, when the weather is nice, I will often opt for my outdoor grill. Once the shrimp has marinated, thread them on skewers. From there, you can grill them one of two ways:

  • Outdoor Gas Grill. Heat the grill to high, then lower the heat until it reaches somewhere between 275 and 325 degrees F. Carefully and lightly oil the grates, then arrange the shrimp skewers on the grates. Close the lid and cook the shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes, then turn them over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes with the lid closed. In my experience, this method produces super juicy grilled shrimp!
  • Indoor Griddle or Cast Iron Skillet. Heat a dry griddle over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the shrimp skewers and cook on one side about 3 or 4 minutes. Turn shrimp over and cook another 2 to 3 minutes.
grilled shrimp skewers

How do I know my shrimp kebabs are ready?

I shared this before with my Greek shrimp recipe, but it applies no matter how you cook your shrimp.

Shrimp is cooked when it’s turned from grey and flabby to opaque pink with a bright red tail. And as far as texture, cooked shrimp should be slightly firm in texture with enough crunch with your bite (look for enough resistance to the teeth, but should give way to a gentle bite.) 

For more great information about working with shrimp be sure to check out our Guide to Buying and Cooking Shrimp.

Serve it with

You can easily serve these shrimp kabobs as your main dish, on their own, or with a side of Garlic Aioli for dipping. These side dish recipes also go perfectly with shrimp:

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Mediterranean Grilled Shrimp Kabobs Recipe

The Mediterranean Dish
Shrimp kabobs on platter
Easy grilled shrimp kabobs, tossed up in a Mediterranean marinade with garlic and fresh herbs, then quickly grilled for a simple weeknight dinner or enjoy as an appetizer to feed a small crowd.
Prep – 10 minutes
Cook – 6 minutes
Marinate in the Fridge 30 minutes
Serves – 6 people


For the Marinade

  • cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ cup packed chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

For the Shrimp

  • 2 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt


  • Combine the marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoon of the marinade in a separate bowl for later.
  • Pat the shrimp dry and season with kosher salt. Place the shrimp in a large bowl and pour the marinade all over. Toss to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes (do not go longer).
  • Thread the shrimp on skewers, about 4 large shrimp per skewer. (If using bamboo skewers they need to be soaked in water for at least 30 minutes first).
  • To grill on an outdoor gas grill. Preheat a gas grill to high. Then, reduce heat to low (temperature should be somewhere between 275 to 325ºF). Carefully grease the cooking grates. Once the grill reaches the recommended temperature, add the shrimp skewers and close the lid. Cook shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until no longer translucent.
  • To grill on an indoor griddle or cast iron grill. Heat a dry griddle over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the shrimp skewers and cook on one side about 3 or 4 minutes. Turn shrimp over and cook another 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Transfer the grilled shrimp skewers to platter and spoon the remaining marinade your reserved earlier over the grilled shrimp skewers. Add a splash of lemon juice. Serve immediately.



  • Leftovers: To store leftover grilled shrimp, remove it from the skewers. Store in a tight-lid glass container in the fridge for up to 2 days. You can enjoy it cold as an appetizer or over a salad
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Calories: 262.6kcalCarbohydrates: 1.2gProtein: 31.1gFat: 14.1gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 381mgPotassium: 136.6mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 213.6IUVitamin C: 6.8mgCalcium: 228.2mgIron: 3.5mg
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*This post originally appeared on The Mediterranean Dish in 2016 and has been recently updated with information and new media for readers' benefit.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was amazing!!! So easy and the flavor was perfect. I made your roasted carrot recipe as well as a side. My family was raving about it, wanting this every night. Thank you for the recipe!

  2. I was a little disappointed in now this dish turned out. I marinated shrimp for 30 minutes but didn't get that robust flavor. The shrimp were tough, even though I cooked only 3 or 4 minuts per side. The sides though did complement he kabobs perfectly.. I made the lemon ricer and Greek salad. The latter 2 were yummy.

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! I added about 1/4 teaspoon of cumin to the marinade and cooked in my air fryer oven. The marinade is a keeper!

  4. 5 stars
    It’s unbelievable how something so simple could be so absolutely delicious! I love shrimps and was looking for a recipe that gave the shrimps a fresh and earthy deliciousness, and I think this recipe does just that! It’s light, fresh and really delicious! Thank you for sharing your amazing energy and even more amazing recipes with us, Suzy. I’m a big time fan of your channel.

  5. This was delicious - thank you!
    If I wanted to prep these in advance for a party - how would you suggest I do that since the shrimp shouldn’t stay in the marinade for over 20 mins? Can I make the marinade in advance the day before? Then throw shrimp in there 20 mins before I grill?
    Thank you!

      1. 5 stars
        These were a hit at my Memorial Day cookout. I made mini skewers with two shrimp each to serve as an appetizer. I prepped the skewers and made the marinade the night before and stored in the fridge. About 30 min before grilling, I applied the marinade with a silicone basting brush. Only thing different I did to the recipe was double the red pepper flakes and added fresh oregano from the garden.

  6. Would this work for scallops? I love grilled scallops, I just usually salt and pepper and brush on olive oil. Have not made the shrimp yet.

  7. These look yummy. If I don’t have a grill or griddle, can I just cook the shrimp on the pan over the stove? Thanks!

  8. 5 stars
    I have made 5 different of your recipes and the have ALL been a hit! Even my picky son loves them and asks me to make them again. That NEVER happens. Regarding this recipes, how do you recommend reheating the shrimp leftovers? Thanks for all of the cooking notes.

    1. Hi Lainie, so glad to hear it! Honestly, as mentioned in the recipe notes, leftover shrimp is best cold or at room temp because reheating will likely over-cook the shrimp. If you absolutely must, simply warm it up over medium-low heat adding a little liquid to your pan...and do this very briefly util just warmed through.

  9. 5 stars
    So delicious! I don't cook shrimp often at home, but I will after trying this recipe. Everyone loved it and the shrimp absorb all the delicious flavors of the marinade. Great for a summer evening outside on the grill.

  10. Tried this recipe, and it was delicious. I used 16/20 shrimp per lb size, which gave a really nice “bite” to the shrimp. I served it on the skewers, laid over a beautiful, extra wide Italian bowl filled with coconut jasmine rice (super easy, and quick). It looked fabulous, and elicited oohs and aahs from my guests. Everyone loved it, and wanted the recipes. Thank you!!!

  11. 5 stars
    I love shrimp kabobs. They are so fun to make outside on the grill. And they taste amazing!! I love the Mediterranean flavors as well.

  12. 5 stars
    Yummy! These shrimp were so delicious and out of this world! I can't wait to make these again! My daughter loved them! They are full of flavor, so easy, and so juicy!

  13. 5 stars
    I how quick this marinade is to make! Hubby just brought home shrimp from the farmers market yesterday so this is definitely on the menu for tonight!

  14. My husband says “thank you” for this delicious recipe and the great grilling directions. We were both licking our fingers! Delicious, as are your other recipes. I am thinking of using this marinade for other dishes, it was sooooo good.