If you love seafood, or love Red Lobster’s Shrimp Scampi, you will love this Grilled Lemon Garlic Shrimp!

You don’t typically think of shrimp when you are planning your budget friendly meal, but actually most seafood including shrimp is a good frugal option. You can find the Shrimp for this delicious treat for under $7.00 in most groceries. We used 26-40 which indicates the approximate number per pound but you can decide what best fits your budget.

This dish goes together super fast, once you have combined the ingredients for the marinade just plop the shrimp right in. Cover and refrigerate for 1 1/2 hours. While they are marinating throw the bamboo skewers in water, they need to be soaked for at least 30 minutes or longer so they won’t burn.

After marinating the shrimp thread them onto your skewers allowing plenty of room between them so they will cook evenly. We’ve found that three fit comfortably on a standard length skewer, adjust the number for the length of your skewer.

Now it’s time to grill, shrimp can be tricky to cook let alone grill. Temperature and timing are critical, if you cook it too fast or too long you can end up with a tough rubbery tasteless piece of meat. Let’s start with the fire, your grill should be set at medium heat, to gauge this you should be able to hold your hand about 3-4 inches over the grate for 4 seconds. Now on to the timing, grill your shrimp 3-5 minutes then flip and grill for an additional 3-5 minutes depending on the size of your shrimp.

Most shrimp when raw have either a blue or black color to them, once the color of the shrimp have changed to a pink color remove from heat immediately. If you follow this one simple trick you’ll never end up with blah rubbery shrimp.

We had never cooked with bitters before, so when Angostura sent some to try, Liz was a little skeptical at first but being the adventurous type I was intrigued that they claim the bitters promote the natural flavors of the ingredients in the recipe. Based on how fast the shrimp disappeared from the plate I’d tend to agree.

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Grilled Lemon Garlic Shrimp: Food on a Stick

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  • Total Time: 25 minutes


Fabulous Grilled Lemon Garlic Shrimp. Recipe from PocketChangeGourmet.com


  • 1/3 cup oil {Olive or Canola is best}
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian Parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Angostura Aromatic Bitters
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 pounds large shrimp with tails, 21-25 size
  • Wooden Skewers for Grilling
  • Bamboo Frills Picks for serving {optional}


  1. In a non-metallic bowl, combine all ingredients except shrimp
  2. Soak wooden skewers at least 30 minutes
  3. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving on the tails
  4. Add shrimp to marinade and toss to coat
  5. Cover and refrigerate 1 1/2 hours
  6. Remove from marinade and thread onto skewers
  7. Grill over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, flip and grill for an additional 3-5 minutes
  8. Remove immediately from heat when shrimp turn pink
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

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Disclosure: We were sent a bottle of Angostura aromatic bitters to try. As always, all the opinions are own own.

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  1. This looks fabulously delish! I LOVE grilled shrimp. Too bad the person setting them on the plate didn’t turn them together to make little hearts, since this was a Valentine’s Day theme. It looks ordinary, or, sadly, like broken hearts. 🙁 You missed the boat on that one.

    • Thanks for stopping by Pam! The Grilled Shrimp was cooked and filmed LONG before Valentine’s Day and not set up to resemble a heart. It’s simply a recipe that you could serve for Valentine’s Day.

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