Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Grilled Marinated Shrimp

I think I’ve touched on a few of my favorite meals, but my absolute favorite food is of the crustacean variety:  Shrimp, Crab and Lobster.  This wonderful recipe incorporates shrimp and everyone that I have made this for absolutely loves it.
There is just something super delicious about this marinade when it hits the grill and that smoky flavor gets all over it.  I wish I could eat it all by myself, but alas...

I have adapted this recipe from one I found online by reducing the amount of olive oil and making a few additional changes.Ingredients:
4 T olive oil
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
1 T Tabasco Sauce
1 T Franks Hot Sauce (or another of your choice)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T tomato paste (you can also sub ketchup…sounds funny, but it works!)
1 T dried oregano
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp ground black pepper
2 ½ lbs large shrimp, peeled and deveined
Skewers for grilled (soak in water for 20 mins to keep from burning)

Mix all of the ingredients, excluding shrimp in a large plastic bag or glass container.  Reserve about ¼ cup for basting during grilling.
Add shrimp and mix thoroughly.  Seal and place in the fridge for about 2 hours (not too long or the lemon/lime juice will “cook” the shrimp).

Remove from fridge and skewer the shrimp.  Discard any remaining marinade.

Preheat grill to med/high heat and spray your grill with a nonstick spray.

Place shrimp skewers onto hot grill and cook for about 2 minutes.  Flip the skewers over and continue cooking until no longer pink – no more than 2-3 more minutes. 

Remove from grill and serve!  We had it with brown rice medley and grilled asparagus - YUM!

Serves 4 (I have approximated the calories by removing most of the marinade as it is poured off before grilling)
Nutrition:  Calories 175 / Carbs 3g / Fat 6g / Protein 21g / Fiber 0g / Sodium 731mg

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