When it comes to grilling, I follow pretty closely the motto of the U.S. Postal Service: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…” Well, okay, I actually draw the line at snow, but strap a headlamp on my head (yeah, it’s a really good look) or hold an umbrella over me as the rain pelts down, and I’ll happily grill up a juicy burger or a quick appetizer like these sweet and spicy shrimp. The summer may be coming to a close, but I will grill on until I see that first piece of white stuff falling from the sky.
This savory and sweet recipe from Tasty Kitchen member soufflebombay couldn’t be any easier. Simply whisk together the sauce ingredients, give them a quick turn in the microwave, baste and skewer the shrimp and toss them on the grill for a few minutes. Serve the shrimp as an appetizer, along with the dipping sauce, or pile them on top of a plate of steaming rice with a side of stir-fried vegetables for an easy weeknight meal.
Now, let’s get cooking.
Here’s everything you’re going to need for this recipe: shrimp, orange marmalade, molasses, fresh lime juice, honey, garlic and cayenne pepper. Even though the recipe didn’t call for it, I added a dash of salt for a little more “savory.”
If you’re using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in warm water for about 30 minutes before threading on the shrimp. Otherwise, those babies will go up in flames once them hit the grill.
Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the molasses, orange marmalade …
Fresh lime juice, minced garlic (oh yeah, that’s always a good thing) …
And cayenne pepper. Colleen suggests you start with 1 teaspoon cayenne, taste the sauce, then add more cayenne if you’re into heat.
I also added a pinch of salt.
Whisk it all together until well combined. Heat the sauce in the microwave for about 45 seconds. Divide the sauce into two bowls, one for basting the shrimp and one for dipping the shrimp in later. That’s it for the sauce!
Pull the skewers out of the water and thread the shrimp onto the skewers. Sometimes, those little suckers will just twirl around the skewers, making it difficult to flip them on the grill. To combat this problem, use two skewers instead of one.
The recipe calls for pulling off the tails, but I left them so I could use the tail for picking up the shrimp when I was dipping them into the leftover sauce.
Use half of the sauce to baste the shrimp on both sides.
Place the shrimp on the grill and sear until just cooked through. The recipe calls for 2-3 minutes for side, but my grill was feeling pretty fiery, so it only took 1-2 minutes per side. Just watch them closely so they don’t overcook.
Heat the second half of the sauce in the microwave and serve it with the shrimp skewers.
Oh, so good!
Thanks so much to Colleen for this recipe. Be sure to check out Colleen’s blog, Souffle Bombay. It’s full of recipes family-friendly sweet and savory recipes. The zucchini parmesan cakes and banana cupcakes with vanilla frosting caught my eye and have been on my mind ever since!
An easy summer crowd pleaser that hits the spot!
- 6 Tablespoons Molasses
- 6 Tablespoons Orange Marmalade
- 6 Tablespoons Lime Juice
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic, Minced
- 1 Tablespoon Red Pepper Or Cayenne Pepper (start With 1 Teaspoon And Work Your Way Up According To Your Taste)
- 2 pounds Large Or Extra Large Raw Shrimp, Shell And Tails Removed
Note: If you are big into dipping shrimp in sauce, make extra sauce—increase the recipe by 50% and dip away!
Combine all ingredients except the shrimp in a microwave safe bowl, stir until fully incorporated. Cover with a plate and heat for 40 seconds or up to a minute, depending on your microwave. Stir well, taste and adjust spiciness to your liking.
Split the sauce into 2 small bowls. One for the grill and one for dipping (you may want to reheat the dipping sauce when serving).
Skewer the shrimp, brush with some of the sauce, then grill over medium-high heat, continuing to baste the shrimp with the sauce until cooked. Depending on the size of shrimp you use, you’ll cook for about 2-3 minutes per side. Watch for flare ups—the honey and molasses will excite your grill!
Serve with the remaining sauce. You can serve as an appetizer or over white rice for an entree.
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