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Garlic Shrimp Kabobs are an excellent choice for summer BBQs and parties. They are easily assembled and cooked, while also being a healthy choice for many health lifestyles.
Garlic Shrimp Kabobs
The marinade for garlic shrimp kabobs is a simple blend of Holland House White Cooking Wine, olive oil, minced garlic, Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
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White Cooking Wine offers a crisp aroma and a slightly dry flavor, perfect for pairing with lighter dishes or sides. I love it for marinade recipes, but here are a few more ideas on how to use white wine in your cooking:
- Add a splash at the end of cooking cream sauces or creamy soups.
- Use to simmer poultry.
- Balance spicy recipes or reduce heat by adding a splash of white cooking wine.
- For added flavor in rice and pasta dishes, substitute 1/3 of water or other cooking liquid with white cooking wine.
Use a larger size shrimp for your kabobs, however one of my favorite are Pink Argentinean Shrimp, as used here.
PRO TIP: It is important to use Kosher salt, as the granules are larger and less salty. Using a smaller grain or table salt will result in an overly salty dish. Iodized salt can also contribute to seafood having a metallic taste.
They are colored slightly more magenta than a ballerina pink, but the texture and sweet taste are unbeatable.
Other popular shrimp varieties in the US are white legged shrimp, giant tiger prawns, coral and pink shrimp. Size can vary greatly, which also impacts cooking time.
How to Cook Shrimp On The Grill
Hot, direct heat is best for shrimp. Too much cook time can result in rubbery shrimp. It will only take 2-3 minutes per side to grill shrimp. Avoid over cooking.
Your best bet to know that shrimp are done is how they look. Shrimp will be a deeper hue of pink, curl slightly and be opaque in the center.
When making a shrimp kabobs recipe, it is important to choose vegetables that need the same amount of cook time as the protein you are grilling. It is equally important to cut them into pieces that will cook in the same time frame.
For quick cooking proteins, I like the combination of blistered grape tomatoes, charred red onion and yellow squash. I aim for bright vibrant colors that will complement the flavors of the shrimp and white cooking wine. Here are my other favorites vegetables for kabobs:
- Bell Pepper
- Baby Potatoes (par cooked)
- Okra Slices
- Garlic Cloves
This marinade also works on steak, pork and chicken.
How to Make
The process is simple.
- Marinate shrimp in white wine, olive oil, garlic, Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Whisk well.
- Cover and marinate for 30 minutes up to 8 hours. Do not over marinate, as this can lead to over salted food or the shrimp having a tough texture.
- Soak wooden skewers in water to prevent them from burning. Or use metal skewers.
- Alternate threading shrimp, yellow squash, red onion and grape tomatoes onto each skewer. Leave some room on either end to make handling easier. Also leave space and don’t crowd the skewer so air can circulate, and cook, around the ingredients.
- Heat grill to medium-high heat and grill on each side for 3-5 minutes. The ultimate time will be determined by the size of your shrimp.
Shrimp don’t need to rest after coming off the grill, so go ahead and enjoy immediately!
What To Serve With
Garlic Shrimp Skewers can be served alone or over a bed of rice or couscous. They can even be added to salads or a bowl of pasta.
For this couscous, I followed package directions, but used a combination of chicken broth and white cooking wine for the liquid.
PRO TIP: Wooden skewers are great for parties because they are disposable, but using metal skewers that are flat, triangular or square will prevent foods from spinning and result in more even cooking.
Here are even more recipes that use white wine!
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Garlic Shrimp Kabobs
- In a medium bowl, combine White Wine, olive oil, garlic, Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Whisk well.
- Add shrimp, tossing to combine. Cover and marinate for 30 minutes up to 8 hours. Do not over marinate, as this can lead to over salted food or the shrimp having a tough texture.
- If using wooden skewers, allow to sit in water for 30 minutes prior to threading.
- Alternate threading shrimp, yellow squash, red onion and grape tomatoes onto each skewer, leaving ample room at both the top and bottom for easy handling.
- Heat grill to medium-high heat. Clean and oil grates.
- Place shrimp skewers over indirect heat on grill. Allow to cook for approximately 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally.
- When cooked, remove and top with fresh lemon juice. You can top with minced parsley or Maldon sea salt for garish, if desired.
- If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings.