Grilled Lemongrass Shrimp Recipe

Shell-on shrimp are great on the grill. Shao Z.

Why It Works

  • Shell-on shrimp come out exceptionally juicy and tender on the grill.

Want tender and juicy grilled shrimp with almost no effort? Just keep the shells on. This recipe features delicious plump shrimp in an Asian marinade made with lemongrass, ginger, garlic, and a splash of fish sauce.

Recipe Facts

Active: 30 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 1 pound jumbo shell-on shrimp, preferably with heads

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh lemongrass, from about 2 to 3 stalks (white and light green parts only)

  • 4 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)

  • 2 teaspoons Asian fish sauce

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh peeled ginger

  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot (about 1 small shallot)

  • 2 teaspoons canola or vegetable oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes


  1. Wash shrimp under cold running water, then dry well with paper towels.

  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together lemongrass, garlic, fish sauce, ginger, shallot, oil, salt, and chili flakes.

  3. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.

  4. When you are ready to cook, set up your grill. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, set half the burners on a gas grill to medium-high heat, cover, and preheat for 10 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate.

  5. Place shrimp on the grill in a single layer and cook over direct heat. Cook, turning, until shrimp are just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Serve.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
164 Calories
4g Fat
4g Carbs
26g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 164
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 239mg 80%
Sodium 1467mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 234mg 5%
*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.)