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Spicy Grilled Shrimp

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You know what’s crazy? That I can never remember that shrimp is good and I should make it more often. I had a 2 lb bag of shrimp in the freezer and didn’t even know it was there. How’s that for organization and planning? So after I had to rearrange the freezer to fit in some recent groceries, I saw that bag and thought “Hmm, guess I gotta make this so there’s room for more stuff in here”. I decided not make my usual Paleo Bang Bang Shrimp, I wanted something a little different. And as I mentioned, it’s summer in Colorado and I wanted to be outside. You know what that means, right? Grilled shrimp!

I was running short on time (when am I not?) so I did a quick search for grilled shrimp recipes. Not gonna lie, I straight up copied this one. Didn’t deviate at all and it was so good! If you don’t like spicy, or you’re feeding this to small kids or people who can’t take the heat, you may want to dial back the cayenne pepper a bit.

You know what, I lied, I did deviate just a little. I doubled all ingredients except the shrimp so that I would have enough to coat everything. Glad I did, I think it was just right. The kids loved this stuff, even though it was spicy. I gave them each a little dollop of Paleo Lime Mayo to dip the shrimp and it cut back the spiciness just enough for them, but the flavor was still great.

Spicy Grilled Shrimp | Our Paleo Life
Spicy Grilled Shrimp | Our Paleo Life

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 2 Large cloves Garlic
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil, I used light olive oil
  • 4 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 lb Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Lemon Wedges, for garnish


  1. Preheat grill for medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl, crush the garlic with the salt to form a paste. Mix in the cayenne pepper and paprika, and then stir in olive oil and lemon juice to form a paste. In a large bowl, toss shrimp with garlic paste and mix until evenly coated.
  3. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque. Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with lemon, and serve.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6
Amount Per Serving Calories 218Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 381mgSodium 1950mgCarbohydrates 1gProtein 31g

Nutrition is calculated by a third party and may not be 100% accurate

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Saturday 7th of May 2016

One of my favorite recipes! I agree with the other comments on the salt, but I think it was a typo. 2 tsp instead of TBSP makes is perfect. Mmm....


Friday 31st of July 2015

I agree with the other comment....way too much salt. Otherwise, they would have been delicious. I will cut it down to a teaspoon next time.


Monday 21st of October 2013

Too much salt and too much cayenne for my taste. I rinsed the shrimps and they were perfect. Probably cut both in half next time.

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