Grilled Lemon Cilantro Shrimp Recipe

This Grilled Lemon Cilantro Shrimp Recipe is filled with perfectly seasoned shrimp that are grilled up in minutes for a light and fresh Summer dinner.

This Grilled Lemon Cilantro Shrimp Recipe is perfectly seasoned shrimp that are grilled up in minutes for a light and fresh Summer dinner.pinterestIf you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, this is definitely the one! I love cooking with shrimp because it’s quick to defrost (just run under cold water), cooks up in minutes, is light in calories and tastes AMAZING with this simple marinade.

Grilled Lemon Cilantro Shrimp Recipe:

  • Start by combining the shrimp, some olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper in a bowl and stir to coat. Place in fridge for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • If using wooden skewers on the grill, make sure to soak the skewers in water for at least 10 to 15 minutes so they don’t go up in smoke.
  • Thread the shrimp on the skewers and grill over low heat until the shrimp turn pink and are cooked through.

Marinate the shrimp in a mixture of lemon, garlic and cilantro!

How To Grill Shrimp:

Shrimp is one of those seafoods that can go from amazing to rubber in a flash. Don’t worry, I’ve got some tips to make sure you end up with GREAT results every time!

  • Thread each shrimp through the skewers twice so it can lay flat on the grill.
  • Shrimp will cook really fast, so you’ll want to keep the grill on low for this recipe.
  • The shrimp will go from a dull gray color to a light pink/orange (depending on the type of shrimp).
  • You really only need 2 to 3 minutes per side (depending on how big your shrimp are).
  • The shrimp will curl in on itself and be tender, not tough.

Thread the shrimp through the skewers so they can lay flat on the grill and easily be flipped.

Grilled Shrimp Marinade

This shrimp marinade recipe is super simple and requires just a few ingredients –

  • Olive Oil – I prefer extra virgin olive oil for the taste, and it helps to prevent burning when the shrimp is grilled.
  • Lemon Juice – just enough to season, but not cook the shrimp!
  • Garlic – you can use garlic powder in a pinch, but fresh garlic is fantastic.
  • Cilantro – freshly chopped cilantro adds so much flavor and color to this recipe.

What To Serve With Grilled Shrimp Recipe:

We love to serve this family style over a bed of white rice, but you can also serve them on the skewers with these delicious sides…

Grilled Shrimp Recipes

Make sure you serve with extra slices of lemon and a little more freshly chopped cilantro!

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Grilled Lemon Cilantro Shrimp

Simple and delicious Grilled Lemon Cilantro Shrimp are tender and flavorful, making it an easy weeknight dinner!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 57 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 1 pound peeled, deviened LARGE shrimp (tails on); raw
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves pressed garlic
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper


  • Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to evenly coat. Let sit, covered, in fridge for 10-15 minutes.
  • While the shrimp is marinating, soak wooden skewers in water until ready to add shrimp. Get your grill hot and wipe down the grill slats with olive oil or cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  • Thread the shrimp onto the wooden skewers. Turn the grill down to low and grill for 2-3 minutes per side, until shrimp turn pink and are cooked through.
  • Remove from grill and serve while hot. Top with extra cilantro and lemon wedges if desired. Enjoy!


Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 97IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: cilantro, Garlic, Grilled Shrimp, Lemon
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This Grilled Lemon Cilantro Shrimp Recipe is perfectly seasoned shrimp that are grilled up in minutes for a light and fresh Summer dinner.

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
15 Responses
  1. Rafal

    I made this for a party of 25 folks so I raised the ingredients 4 times and left out the mint but used ground coriander instead. What a hit!!! Every body loved it as it was the finger food before the real meal. None left and I only got 2 skewers. My friend who hosted the party said nxt time let him know when I pull out the big guns as he is not a chef. Thanks for a great recipe I will use again and again. Billy Ray

  2. Carolyn

    Heavenly! My husband recently whipped up a lemon marinade for shrimp and they were to die for. If only I could recreate his creation!

  3. rachel

    We frequently buy shrimp from the side of the road ๐Ÿ˜‰ (that sounds so dangerous – lol)
    Living on the coast, it's not that unusual, but it's always an adventure ๐Ÿ™‚

    Delicious recipe and great pics!

  4. foodstoriesblog

    You are braver than I but it sounds like it paid off. Your shrimp look so light and refreshing … enjoy your weekend!
    My recent post Devils Food Cake Day, NEW Food Story Photo & Blog Love, Part 3

  5. Sandy @Southwestgirl

    These look sooo yummy! You are right, grilled shrimp are the best way to beat the heat.
    I've always thought about buying shrimp from those trucks but, never had the courage!
    I'm so happy you survived. My brother buys from them all the time but, then again, he eats anything ๐Ÿ™‚

    My recent post Grilled Pork Chops with Mayan Spiced Mango Marinade Recipe

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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