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Grilled Cilantro Citrus Shrimp

Grilled Cilantro Citrus Shrimp just may be my new favorite shrimp recipe! The flavors infused in these tender plump jumbo shrimp are out of this world… thanks to the amazing marinade! Orange juice, lime juice, spices, and fresh cilantro combine to give this shrimp a spectacular zest. Throw in the smokey hints from the BBQ… and you have a great Shrimp dish! You’ll think your in Spain or Mexico.

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Great food can do that! Transport you to another time and place.

If that’s not true…mother’s all over the Universe would not hide in closets eating boxes of donuts, chocolate candy bars, and bags of salty chips! (I rest my case!) Moving on…

Grilled Cilantro Citrus Shrimp

How To Make Grilled Cilantro Citrus Shrimp

You’ll need one pound of raw extra-large shrimp 21-25 count. Rinsed, drained, and shelled. (You can leave their little tails on! I know I’d want my tail left on!)

TIP: Let’s talk about those numbers. What does it mean when the bag, or the butcher’s tag, states 38-42 count, or like I mentioned, 21-25 count? That is the approximate number of shrimp you’ll get per pound.

So if the number is high, you are getting small shrimp. If the number is low, you are purchasing larger shrimp. For grilling we want larger shrimp so they don’t get tough and dry, while they are cooking on the grill.

Raw large shrimp, rinsed

Place shrimp in a large bowl.

Add 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, 1 Tablespoon Orange Juice, 1/2 a lime juiced, 1/4 tsp coarse black pepper, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp minced garlic, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp chili powder, and 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro. (Whew…And a partridge in the pear tree!)

Seasoned marinated Shrimp

Mix until well blended. Honestly I think this looks good raw! However…This isn’t a sushi recipe.

Cover and chill for 2 hours.

Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Thread 4 shrimp per bamboo skewer. When threading the shrimp be sure to go through the bottom by the tail and to top where “said head” used to preside. Save any left over marinade to brush on the Shrimp while they are cooking.

TIP: Soak your bamboo skewers to prevent them from catching on fire. Although flames are a nice touch.

Set your grill on medium low heat. Turn and baste often. They should be coral pink with a slight golden char on them, and firm to the touch.

TIP: The trick to really GREAT shrimp is to NOT over cook them! Once they turn pink and are firm to the touch they are done.

Shrimp on Skewers being grilled

Look at those beauties slathered in those delicious spices and flavors! YUM!!!

Grilled Shrimp on Skewers

From the first bite you’ll be salivating! Truly a taste treat for the senses!

I closed my eyes after each bite, and then…lost all my manners, and licked each of my fingers… one by one, to get every last ounce of that marinade on my tongue!

Grilled Cilantro Citrus Shrimp

Sea critters never tasted so good! I can hardly wait to  make this recipe again! Served with a flavorful rice, some fresh garden vegetables and a fruit salad you have the perfect summer meal!


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Yield: 3-4 servings

Grilled Cilantro Citrus Shrimp

Grilled Cilantro Citrus Shrimp

Big tender shrimp, perfectly grilled, in a delicious citrus cilantro marinade! A fantastic flavor experience!

Prep Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


  • 1 pound 21-25 count raw shrimp
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Orange Juice
  • Juice from 1/2 a Lime
  • 1/4 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh Cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • Bamboo Skewers


  1. Wash, drain, and peel shrimp, leaving tails on.
  2. Place shrimp in large bowl.
  3. Add Olive Oil, Orange Juice, Lime Juice, black pepper, salt, dried oregano, minced garlic, cumin, chili powder, and fresh chopped cilantro.
  4. Mix well. Cover and marinade in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  5. Thread shrimp tail and head area on a bamboo skewer.
  6. Heat grill. Set temperature on low.
  7. Grill shrimp turning often and basting with remaining marinade. Cook until shrimp turn coral pink, are firm to the touch, with a slight golden brown char.


Prep time includes 2 hour marinating time.

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