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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! ย You can grill these shrimp (my favorite) or you can bake them, or sautรฉ 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 [easyazon_link identifier=”B00LU2HXRK” locale=”US” tag=”cocandash-20″]George Foreman[/easyazon_link] grill. So much easier than actually getting the big grill out!

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The Best Shrimp Marinade

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 3 people


  • 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


  • 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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  • Reply
    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Coco and Ash
      July 23, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Ashley! Hope you love it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Diane Bolton
      January 3, 2020 at 5:47 pm

      Can the marinade be re-used a second time? My husband couldn’t stop sayng how delicious it was. Thanks again

      • Reply
        Coco and Ash
        January 3, 2020 at 8:33 pm

        I would make a fresh batch ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you liked it!

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    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!!

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        July 9, 2020 at 3:16 pm

        Hello this looks amazing!..I was curious do you have a favorite hot sauce for this particular recipe if so what do you recommend? Thanks in advance!

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          Coco and Ash
          July 10, 2020 at 10:09 pm

          Thank you! I always use Louisiana hot sauce ๐Ÿ™‚

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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!

  • Reply
    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    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.

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    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!

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    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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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    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.

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    March 27, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    The food ๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿค looks beautiful and good

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    March 29, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Absolutely delicious…๐Ÿ˜Š

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    June 21, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Delicious! We made a shrimp lover out of a guest who didnโ€™t like them any way but fried with this recipe! Thank you!

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    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 though๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ 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! Itโ€™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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    James Bremer
    July 19, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Thanks for the recipe Coco! My wife and I love shrimp. Been looking for a good recipe for grilling shrimp. Haven’t tried yours yet, but will. Looks delicious! My question is , my wife is allergic to lemon. Is there something else I could substitute for it in your recipe or is that going to throw everything out on the taste of this recipe? Thanks!

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      Coco and Ash
      July 19, 2019 at 11:11 am

      Thank you!! You can try sour orange juice and that will be great as well!

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    August 16, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Truly the best shrimp. We have made it dozens of times and shared the recipe with so many friends and family. It’s everyone’s new favorite!

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    December 13, 2019 at 9:12 am

    I love your all recipe:

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    May 2, 2020 at 12:56 am

    The marinade smells amazing! I have no choice but to marinate overnight in the fridge, so here’s hoping! What would make it tough? Skewers basted with a combo of this and melted butter tomorrow, served with grilled asparagus, and a delicate bed of linguini.

    Mmmm ๐Ÿ˜‹

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    September 26, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    This is our “go to” marinade for shrimp. Have made it many times now. It’s good regardless how you cook the shrimp (grill, pan fry, etc.). I wasn’t a big shrimp fan until I tried this! Thank you for a marvelous recipe.

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    Diane Szafranski
    July 24, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    This is the fourth time I made this recipe for my family and friends, everybody loved it and wanted the recipe this is a winner winner shrimp dinner thank you so much I love all your recipes๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅฐ

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    May 13, 2023 at 12:00 am

    Can you use frozen shrimp in this recipe? Thaw then marinade?

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