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Cook Your Catch: Spicy Shrimp on the Grill

Try out this spicy shrimp on the grill recipe courtesy of Florida Sportsman that’ll have you questioning why you never cooked what you fished with before.

Crevettes épicées sur le gril

What do you cook when you catch and release? Your bait. 

Fishing outings often push the dinner hour towards dusk; and there are few of us who relish the idea of slaving in the kitchen preparing a nice dinner for ourselves or guests as the sun sets under the yardarm. So, why not consider having everything prepped and ready to cook in advance? That way, you’ll look like as much a pro in the kitchen as you do at the helm of your fishing boat. 

This marinade can easily be made ahead of time and refrigerated. Then, when you’re back off the water and it’s getting near dinnertime, peel the shrimp and skewer them on bamboo skewers. After assembly, let them soak in the marinade while the grill is heating up or cocktails are being served, at least 20 minutes. A good trick to keeping the skewers from burning is to soak them in a glass of water for about 30 minutes prior to using. Also, using two skewers per serving will keep the shrimp lined up and allow them to cook evenly. Cook the shrimp over a hot gas or charcoal grill for about 3 minutes per side. Garnish with some chopped cilantro and serve with your choice of grilled veggies, salad—and dry white wine. 

Spicy Skewered Shrimp
(serves 4-6)

  • 2 pounds extra-large shrimp (10-15 count), peeled and deveined

The Marinade

Mix the following:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp. hot paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes

First published Florida Sportsman Magazine August 2014

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