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The Best Shrimp Marinade

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This shrimp marinade packs a huge punch of flavor and is made with ingredients that you can probably already find in your house! They have the perfect amount of tang and just a hint of spice!  You can grill these shrimp (my favorite) or you can bake them, or sauté them in a skillet.

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Shrimp is something that I actually tend to make quite a bit. They cook so quickly, it’s a light meal, and if they’re frozen, they only take a few minutes to thaw out. I actually cooked these on my George Foreman grill. So much easier than actually getting the big grill out!

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5 from 10 votes

The Best Shrimp Marinade

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time36 mins
Servings: 3 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb raw shrimp (peeled)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 large garlic cloves (minced finely)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp hot sauce (or more if you like more spice)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl with the shrimp and stir to combine. 
  • Refrigerate no longer than 30 minutes or the shrimp can get tough. 
  • If you're planning to use wooden skewers, soak them in water while the shrimp marinade so they won't burn on the grill 
  • Grill for about 2 minutes on each side. 
  • If you're baking them, heat your oven to 400 and bake for about 8-10 minutes. 
  • Enjoy! 

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29 Comments

  • Reply
    Ashley
    July 23, 2017 at 1:29 am

    Ooh, I love shrimp! This looks divine. I definitely want to add it to my menu next week. 🙂

  • Reply
    Diana
    July 23, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Love the marinade, made with the simplest ingredients to create such deliciousness!

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    jacquee | i sugar coat it!
    July 23, 2017 at 9:02 am

    MOUTHWATERING!!! I am always down for anything with smoked paprika and brown sugar. These will have to happen for my next BBQ!

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      July 23, 2017 at 9:07 am

      It’s such a great combo 🙂 Thank you!!

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      Susie O
      June 16, 2019 at 3:34 pm

      When a recipe says “the best…” You may have an eye roll invoked as you read through it.. However…. This is truly THE BEST shrimp marinade. Last summer I looked for a shrimp marinade just for guidance on measurements but I decided to follow the recipe abd we’ve never looked back. We made this marinade at least a dozen times and the kick off to summer 2019 was this recipe. The only thing we left out is the brown sugar because we didnt want the shimp to carmalize and we are watching our sugar and calorie intake. We did not miss it. You can also subsitute other herbs for parsley – cilantro, dill, thyme- and they are good, but we keep going back to parsley. Thank you Coco and Dash!!

      • Reply
        Coco and Ash
        June 23, 2019 at 7:34 am

        Thank you for the kind words!! I’m so happy that you enjoyed it!

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    linda spiker
    July 23, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Grilled shrimp is a summer staple at our house! I need to try this marinade!

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      July 23, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      Thank you Linda! I hope you get to try it! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jeni @ Coquette Kitchen
    July 23, 2017 at 10:59 am

    ohhhhh, now I’m craving shrimp! And the smoked paprika and brown sugar combo sounds lovely.

  • Reply
    Thao @ In Good Flavor
    July 30, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    This looks delicious! I am a huge fan of shrimp. This marinade sounds amazing with such a great combination of flavors!

  • Reply
    Susan
    August 4, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Made this last night. Absolute winner! Had to bake in oven at the last minute due to thunderstorm but still perfect. Just the two of us devoured a pound of shrimp….sorry third person. Boo hoo no leftovers

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      Coco and Ash
      August 4, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Awesome Susan!! So glad you liked it! 😀

  • Reply
    Trina
    August 11, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Could I use regular paprika if I don’t have smoked paprika?

    • Reply
      Coco and Ash
      August 11, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Sure! The smoked paprika does give it a nice bit of a smokier flavor but you can definitely use regular paprika if you don’t have the smoked 🙂

  • Reply
    Jeff
    February 15, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Good work on this marinade! It came out super awesome tasting!! I double the marinade because I had 2lbs of shrimp. Also instead of grilling or using the oven I cooked them in a large shallow pan in all of the marinade, and then put them on top of some brown rice with some scoops of the juice and it was great! Deff saving this recipe and highly recommend anyone with doubts…

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      Coco and Ash
      February 15, 2019 at 7:41 pm

      That sounds delicious! Glad you enjoyed!

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    Dana Ontiveros
    March 6, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Soo good, making it again for probably the 5th time now!
    Easy and already have the ingredients at home.

  • Reply
    Maharee
    March 27, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    The food 🍤🍤🍤 looks beautiful and good

  • Reply
    Fiona
    March 29, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Absolutely delicious…😊

  • Reply
    Shawn
    June 21, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Delicious! We made a shrimp lover out of a guest who didn’t like them any way but fried with this recipe! Thank you!

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    Donna
    July 6, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    My husband an I loved it! We loved the spiciness of it and the gentle sweetness too!! Was not sure if I wait Incorporate the marinade into the shrimp fir cooking though🤷‍♀️ But I decided to and not waste the flavors so I cooked it into the shrimp! Steamed some broccoli crowns and jasmine rice Out the shrimp and sauce on top! It’s a winner. Ty

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      Coco and Ash
      July 7, 2019 at 11:42 am

      Thanks so much Donna!! That whole meal sounds great!

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