Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 10-12 skewers 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American


Easy and delicious grilled pesto shrimp skewers loaded with pesto sauce, garlic, and fresh lemon juice.



  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
  • 1/2 lemon, squeezed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 ounce jar pesto (or 1/2 cup fresh pesto)
  • Wooden skewers for grilling


  1. Soak the wooden skewers in cool water for 20 minutes so they do not burn when grilled.
  2. Meanwhile, remove the tails from all the shrimp. In a large bowl add the shrimp, pesto, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and garlic. Toss the shrimp until completely covered in pesto sauce and let marinate in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Give the shrimp a final stir and add to skewers. I usually add 4-5 shrimp per skewer.
  4. Place on the grill and cook until fully cooked and shrimp start to slightly crisp up (cook until shrimp start to turn slightly orange and are no longer translucent), about 5-6 minutes per side.
  5. If you use pre-cooked shrimp you really only need about 3 minutes per side to warm up. Serve immediately.

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