Summertime is all about the grill and the flava! You just can’t go wrong with the smoky flavor grilling adds to your favorite foods. These marinated grilled harissa shrimp skewers make up the definition of flavor town. They are a little smoky, a little spicy and all kinds of delicious.
Now, to start, we gotta make the star of the show; the marinade. This marinade is super simple and easy with just 5 ingredients. But, the flava honey, the flava!! The main ingredient for the marinade is harissa sauce of course. I’ve been loving homemade harissa sauce lately. It is surprisingly easy to make and I have a recipe in my NEW cookbook One Pot Keto Cooking for the BEST homemade harissa sauce. Click HERE to preorder your copy and never have to buy harissa again!
GRILLED HARISSA SHRIMP SKEWERS MARINADE:
The rest of the ingredients are very simple and you probably already have them in your pantry:
- Coconut aminos
- lemon juice
- olive oil
- fresh mint
Now, when it comes to cooking the shrimp, as with a lot of seafood, you want to be very careful not to overcook it. No one likes overcooked shrimp so don’t do that to yourself.
HOW LONG TO COOK SHRIMP:
- Grilling: cook over direct medium heat for about 3 minutes per side, turning once. Depending on the size of your shrimp, this process should take 5-7 minutes in total.
- Pan Searing: Cook on the stovetop over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes per side, flipping once. Depending on the size of your shrimp, this process should take anywhere from 4-6 minutes in total.
- In the oven: I like a preheated oven at 400˚F for about 6-8 minutes.
Shrimp marinated with a chili paste based sauce and grilled to perfection. Served with fresh lemon juice.
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup harissa sauce
1 tbsp coconut aminos
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp freshly chopped mint leaves
1 lb. fresh shrimp, deveined with tail on (wild caught if you can find it)
salt and pepper
lemon wedges and more fresh mint to serve
To begin, add the lemon juice, harissa, coconut aminos, olive oil and mint in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Scoop out a couple tablespoons of the marinade and set it aside for later. Add the shrimp to the remaining marinade and season with a couple pinches of salt and pepper. Toss the shrimp to make sure it’s coated with he marinade and let it sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Now, preheat your grill or grill pan accordingly.
While the grill heats up, thread the marinated shrimp onto skewers and set them aside. Now, brush a little ghee on the surface of the grill. Add the shrimp skewers onto the grill and cook over direct medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side, turning once. If using a grill pan, brush the surface with a little ghee and cook the shrimp over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes per side, turning once.
Remove the shrimp from the heat, brush the remaining untouched marinade over the shrimp and serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice along with a salad or seasoned cauliflower rice.
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