Thai Grilled Shrimp Recipe

It is the marinade that makes the shrimp sing—a delectable Tom Yum paste that can be whipped up in your mini-chopper or food processor in no time—that makes the shrimp extremely flavorful and is sure to please anyone who loves Thai flavors.

If desired, you can add some scallops to your grilled shrimp brochettes, but the shrimp are just as delicious eaten right off the grill. This paste can also be used to make a delicious side sauce (which is nice with rice).

Nowadays, shrimp paste and Thai bird chilis can be found in any well-stocked Asian market, and fresh or jarred lemongrass can be easily found in big supermarkets.

When some of the marinade is set aside and simmered with coconut milk, it creates an exquisite sauce for the brochettes. “Thai Grilled Tom Yum Shrimp is a flavor-filled take on shrimp and scallop brochettes. The savory Thai ingredients really make this dish stand out.” —Joan Velush

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Prep: 0 15min0

Total: 0 25min0


  • 12 large raw shrimp (wild U-10 or 15/20 count) peeled, deveined and cut in “fan” shape (similar to butterfly)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (from1 small lime), plus lime wedges for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce (recommended: Sriracha) or more, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons bottled minced garlic or 6 fresh cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 Thai chile, sliced thin or habanero or Scotch bonnet
  • 1/4 cup canola or olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 to 5 grinds black pepper


  1. Heat a grill to medium-high heat. 
  2. Put the shrimp into a glass bowl. Whisk the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and pour 1/2 to 2/3 if it over the shrimp. (Reserve the remaining marinade to brush on the shrimp during grilling.) Allow the shrimp to marinate for only 8 to 10 minutes or the lime juice will begin to “cook” the shrimp. Grill the shrimp, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side while brushing with the reserved marinade. I use a silicone brush. Remove the shrimp from the grill to a platter and serve garnished with lime wedges.

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