Watermelon and Shrimp Cocktail Skewers

Watermelon and Shrimp Cocktail Skewers

Prep Time

80 minutes

Cook Time



4 people
Watermelon and Shrimp Skewers

A great way to serve a refreshing summer appetizer! Recipe courtesy of Florida Department of Agriculture.



  • 1/2 medium-sized watermelon, peeled, seeded and cubed (about 32 cubes)
  • 32 large shrimp, cleaned, poached and chilled
  • 1/2 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar (or mild-flavored vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 8 6-inch bamboo skewers


  • 1 In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar and the peanut butter until completely blended.
  • 2 Add in the garlic, ginger and soy sauce until fully combined.
  • 3 Taste sauce and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • 4 Pour most of the dressing over the shrimp, reserving some sauce for dipping.
  • 5 Chill marinated shrimp for 1 hour.
  • 6 To assemble, alternate shrimp, watermelon cubes and torn basil leaves on 8 skewers.
  • 7 Serve skewers with leftover sauce.


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