Lemon Garlic Grilled Shrimp Skewers

We're definitely on a grilling kick at our house right now, what with all this beautiful weather we've been having! I threw these Lemon Garlic Shrimp Skewers together using a base marinade I've made hundreds of times. Let me just say, they were absolutely fantastic!

I grew up eating seafood often, which is funny because I grew up in the geographical centre of Canada, pretty much the furthest point in Canada away from any ocean. My husband is from the west coast and grew up on freshly caught salmon and crab, so we like to integrate sustainable or ocean-friendly seafood into our diets as much as possible because it's a healthy source of lean protein (check out the Marine Stewardship Council and Ocean Wise for more information on sustainable seafood).

These shrimp skewers are so quick to prepare and they are so juicy and flavourful. You'll definitely want to add these to the menu for your next backyard barbecue!

You'll need:

About 1 pound of large shrimp (16-20)
The zest and juice of one large lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
6 cloves of garlic (pressed)
1/4 cup white wine
2 tsp dried parsley
a pinch of salt and pepper
chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)

4-5 wooden skewers
1-2 cups water

To make:

Pour the water into a shallow baking dish and add the skewers to it. Let them soak in the water as you're preparing the shrimp and the marinade.

Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, white wine, parsley, and salt and pepper to a bowl and whisk the ingredients together.

Rinse the shrimp and remove the shells, leaving the tails on.

Remove the wooden skewers from the water and discard the water.

Add 4 shrimp to each skewer, making sure the skewer pierces each shrimp in two places (this will prevent them from falling off the skewers as they're grilling).

Lay them in a shallow baking dish.

Give the marinade one last whisk to combine all the ingredients and pour it over the shrimp skewers, making sure each one is nicely coated.

Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap or a lid and put it in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. This will allow the shrimp to really soak up all the flavours in the marinade (especially the garlic!).

Once 20-30 minutes have passed, remove the shrimp from the fridge and heat up your barbecue. 

Place the shrimp skewers on the grill and discard the leftover marinade.

Grill the shrimp skewers on low heat for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until the flesh of the shrimp turns pink and becomes opaque.

Once they're done (and be careful not to overcook!), remove them to a platter.

Garnish with some chopped fresh cilantro (if you wish), and serve!

This recipe makes 4 servings with 4 shrimp per serving, and each serving is only 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus!

Serve these shrimp skewers alongside a baked potato and some steamed vegetables, or over a homemade Caesar salad using my healthy Greek Yogurt Caesar Salad Dressing recipe and you've got yourself a healthy, flavourful summer meal!

I hope you enjoy this one! Happy grilling!


  1. Gorgeous Shrimp Skewers! Now I want this for dinner. Love the lemon garlic combo. These look so delicious!

    1. Thank you! The lemon and garlic combo is just the best!

  2. These look fantastic. I love an easy shrimp recipe for the grill. Kabobs are one of my favorite ways to grill.

    1. Thanks Alison! Easy shrimp recipes are the best!

  3. I Love Shrimp Scampi, this reminds me of it... Thank you for the wonderful post, the pictures are just fantastic...

    1. Thanks Karen!! This recipe is definitely inspired by the simple flavours of Shrimp Scampi!

  4. They look so pretty n perfect finger food. Yummmmm

  5. I make something similar to this but we serve it on ciabatta. The bread mops up the gorgeous juice- you have to try it!

  6. Great shrimp recipe! Looks perfect for summer grill time!

  7. Beautiful Shrimp Skewers!! I love seafood so I need to try this recipe soon. Pinning.

    1. Thanks Oriana! I hope you enjoy it :)

  8. That looks so yum Chrissie! Perfect for summer!

    1. Thanks Olivia! It's one of my favourite summer dishes :)

  9. What a delicious, light, and easy to put together recipe! My entire family loves shrimp and you've reminded me that it's been a while since I cooked some for them. I think they would love this recipe!

  10. I tried this recipe last night and it was delicious. I will be adding this recipe to my favorites for sure!


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