Grilled Colossal Shrimp with Charmoula Recipe

Carrie Vasios

These giant grilled shrimp are served with a traditional, spicy Moroccan condiment called Charmoula. This is nice with couscous served alongside.

Recipe Facts

Active: 25 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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For Shrimp:

  • 16 colossal shrimp (about 1 1/4 pounds), shelled and deveined

  • Salt

  • Olive oil

For Charmoula:

  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds

  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne

  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup roughly chopped cilantro


  1. Grill shrimp: Preheat a gas grill or ridged grill pan over medium high heat.

  2. Divide shrimp among skewers. Brush each side with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until pink on the outside and just cooked through on the inside, about 4 minutes per side.

  3. Make charmoula: Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add cumin and coriander and toast until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  4. Transfer cumin and coriander to a large mortar and add garlic. Mash until a paste forms. Pound in paprika, cayenne, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

  5. Stir in olive oil until emulsified. Stir in cilantro.

  6. Divide grilled shrimp among four plates. Top each shrimp with charmoula.

Special Equipment

4 metal skewers

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
419 Calories
36g Fat
5g Carbs
20g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 419
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 179mg 60%
Sodium 1099mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 12mg 61%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 273mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)