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Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Thai flavors

These fresh flavorful skewers offer a taste of Thai flavors with a bit of heat from jalapeno chilies, coconut milk and lemongrass complimented by the natural sweetness of fresh grilled pineapple. The skewers grill in 4 minutes total, leaving the shrimp with a wonderful texture without being overdone.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 15 Makes approximately 15 skewers
Calories 172kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 2 pounds 26-30 count Shrimp , deveined and peeled
  • 1 large ripe , firm Pineapple, peeled, cored, quartered and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 30-40 Bamboo Skewers
  • Heavy foil the length of the grill , doubled for a grill shield

Ingredients for Marinade (note: cut ingredients to the size appropriate for your type of blender):

  • 1 14- ounce can Lite Coconut Milk
  • 1 large Shallot , peeled and rough chopped
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers , top removed, cut into thirds
  • 2 large Garlic Cloves , peeled and rough chopped
  • 2- inch piece of fresh Lemongrass , cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Kaffir Lime leaves (available at most Asian grocery stores and in finer herb departments at stores like Whole Foods)
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ¼ cup Lime Juice
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Ingredients for Lime-Butter:

  • 3 tablespoons Salted Butter , melted
  • 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve skewers with Cilantro Lime Rice


Instructions for the Marinade:

  • Add all ingredients into a blender EXCEPT the olive oil. Blend until liquefied.
  • While blending on low speed, pour in the olive oil to create and emulsion.
  • Place the shrimp in a non-plastic bowl and pour in marinade to cover the shrimp. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.

Instructions for Assembling the Skewers:

  • Using two skewers spaced about 1/8-1/4 inch apart, thread two shrimps onto the skewers, followed by a piece of pineapple, and repeat ending with a piece of pineapple on the sharp end of the skewers (use photos as a guide). Place on a baking sheet or tray for grilling.

Instructions for the Lime Butter:

  • Combine the melted butter and lime juice. Stir to combine.

Instructions for Grilling the Skewers:

  • Heat a gas grill to high (375-400 degrees). When at temperature clean/brush and oil the grill. If using a charcoal grill, heat coals to red hot and prepare the grill for direct grilling.
  • Place the grill shield at the base of the grill and lay skewers so the ends are over the grill shield.
  • Lightly brush skewers with Lime Butter on both sides. Grill on the first side for two minutes; flip, and grill on the second side 2 additional minutes. Remove and serve immediately.


recipe originally shared June 14, 2015


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 129mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 35.3mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1.5mg