Smoky Paprika Shrimp Skewers

If you are using frozen shrimp, defrost them safely by putting them in to a bowl of ice water.

  • Prep time: 40 minutes
  • Cook time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound of large shrimp, cleaned and peeled, tails on
  • Bamboo skewers

Method

1 Soak the skewers in water for at least a half an hour before grilling.

2 Marinate the shrimp: In a large bowl whisk together the spices—the paprikas, cumin, garlic, salt, and pepper—and the lime juice and olive oil. Add the shrimp and toss to coat with the marinade. Keep chilled for half an hour to an hour.

3 Grill the shrimp: Prepare grill for medium-high direct heat, or heat a grill pan. Thread the shrimp onto skewers (it helps to double thread with two skewers at a time to make it easier to turn over on the grill).

Baste the grill grates with some olive oil so that the shrimp don't stick to the grill.

Grill or cook the shrimp a few minutes per side (2-4, depending on the size of the shrimp), until the shrimp are just cooked through. Remove from grill and serve immediately.