Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

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A fresh, healthy version of shrimp cocktail for summer. Serve at your next dinner party or on the patio for your family.

Recipe courtesy of Chinet.

Recipe for Quick Citrus Aioli:
2 cloves garlic
Coarse salt
1 cup prepared mayonnaise,
2 lemons and zest of 1 lemon,
Freshly ground black pepper.

Using a mortar and pestle, or on a cutting board, finely mash the garlic cloves with a pinch of salt. In a bowl, mix the garlic paste with remaining ingredients and serve. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.


  • 1 lb large prawns
  • 1/2 Cup citrus olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 Teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 bamboo skewers
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Citrus Aioli, optional, recipe follows


  • 1 Cut along the back about 1/4-inch deep through the shell of each prawn to remove the vein. Put prawns in a shallow, non-aluminum baking dish.
  • 2 In a small bowl, whisk together citrus oil, onion, garlic, cilantro, and lemon juice. Pour over prawns, cover, and let marinate, refrigerated, 1 to 4 hours.
  • 3 Preheat grill or broiler. When ready to cook, thread prawns on skewers and discard marinade. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and grill or broil, turning once, until just done, 2 to 3 minutes. Shrimp can be served warm or at room temperature.
  • 4 Note: Leaving the shells on the prawns protects them from drying out during cooking. This method works so well that I use it often when preparing shrimp or prawns for salads, pasta, pizza, and sandwiches. Simply reduce the cooking time if they will later be cooked more, for instance as part of a sauce or pizza topping. Peel shrimp after they come off the grill.
  • 5 Recipe for Quick Citrus Aioli (See "Additional Info" below.)


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