Pesto-Smothered Grilled Shrimp

Pesto Grilled Shrimp


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his Italian twist on a seafood classic will make your grill sizzle and your mouth water. A homemade pesto marinade is exactly what these shrimp-kabobs need to go from good to great.

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Time needed

20 min preparation + 10 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4 servings


  • For Pesto:
  • 2 cups of fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup of fresh pine nuts
  • 1/2 garlic salt
  • 3 cloves garlic (roasted)
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • For Shrimp:
  • 2 pounds peeled and de-veined shrimp
  • 1 cup of fresh basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (~1/2 lemon)
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • Garlic salt and pepper to taste

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For Pesto:
Blend your fresh pine nuts, basil, cheese, and roasted garlic together. Use a sturdy food processor that can handle hard nuts.

As you process this mixture, gradually add in your olive oil. Once all of the olive oil has been added, add in your garlic salt and blend until smooth.

For Shrimp:
Marinate your shrimp in your newly made pesto for at least 20 minutes, but for best results let it marinade overnight in your fridge.

Finally, Skewer your delicious pesto shrimp and grill them over medium heat until shrimp are pink, this should take about 2-3 minutes per side.

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