3 Grilled Shrimp Marinades to Keep in Your Back Pocket
These all-season recipes make quick work of dinner on an outdoor grill or on a grill pan in the kitchen.
Shrimp is one of our favorite dinner solutions. It cooks super quickly, pairs well with nearly any vegetable and grain (rice, pasta, tortillas, grilled bread — yes to all!), and it's light but satisfying. But to take any mix-and-match shrimp dinner to the next level, we love an easy marinade. These recipes only need about 30 minutes marinating time (use those minutes to prep your meal's other components), and then sear to a slightly carmelized flavor on a grill pan in just minutes. We hope you try them all.
Seafood seasoning, like Old Bay, is a classic for a reason — the peppery spice blend makes protein (and french fries!) sing, and its a mix of many spices that would be tiresome to try to replicate. In other words, Old Bay is a one-shake solution for making anything taste good, and this marinade takes advantage of that. All you need besides the seasoning blend is lemon juice, garlic and olive oil.
Bright limes and crushed red pepper flakes accent this marinade, which is inspired by Vietnamese nuoc mam cham, a mixture of Asian fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and chiles. Top the cooked shrimp with scallions and cilantro for an aromatic finish that also makes for a beautiful plate.
Lightly sweet due to the coconut milk, this marinade complements shrimp's delicate flavor. With ginger and garlic, it feels light and fresh paired with rice or cold rice noodles.