Grilled Shrimp Kebabs

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

I know I haven’t posted a new recipe in awhile, but Mama took a little vacation. I’m funny when it comes to leaving home, and that’s why I hardly ever leave. I find the whole traveling process very stressful, especially when there’s airline travel involved.  But, little did I know that a lovely little paradise existed 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.

A group of my friends (Cindy, Roberta, Wendy and Lauren) go to Catalina for a week every summer.  I’ve been invited to go in the past, but I had envisioned Catalina to be nothing special, so I always declined. But for some reason my husband, and I and son #2 decided to give it a try. Well, Mama was pleasantly surprised. Actually more than just pleasantly.

Catalina is very easy to reach, no muss, no fuss. One hour on the Catalina Express and you arrive in Avalon Harbor. There’s very few cars on the island, and most people get around by golf cart.  The city center is very quaint, and filled with small restaurants, shops, bars and markets. Nothing fancy mind you, but keep in mind this is a very low-key, stress-free vacation. But what wow-ed me the most was the island’s natural beauty.  Sunshine every day, bright blue skies and water clear enough to see fish, dolphins and plenty of seals. And guess what…I can’t wait to go back.

My inspiration for this week’s recipe came from the Pacific Ocean. I find the visual, as well as the sound and smell of the ocean so relaxing. How better to pay homage to the Pacific than with a shrimp recipe of course!

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined (leave the tail shell on)
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion cut into 1″ pieces
  • fresh pineapple cut into 1″ chunks, or you can use a 15 ounce can of pineapple, with the juice drained
  • Metal skewers, or wooden skewers soaked in water


  1. Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tail shell on. Rinse the shrimp under cold water then dry with a paper towel and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients, except the shrimp, vegetables and pineapple. Pour off 1/4 cup of the marinade, and reserve for basting the shrimp on the grill.
  3. Place the shrimp in a resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade in the bag, coating all the shrimp.  Place the bag in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Take your skewers and thread the shrimp on the skewers, piercing the shrimp through the center, with both the front and tail portion going through the skewer. Thread on a piece of pineapple, then another shrimp, then the green pepper and onion. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Place the completed skewers on a metal baking sheet.
  5. Spray your grill with cooking spray so the shrimp won’t stick, and heat the grill to medium high.
  6. Place your skewers on the grill and baste with the remaining marinade. Turn the skewers so the shrimp cook evenly on each side. All grills are different, so cook the shrimp until they are pink on the outside. Be very careful not to overcook the shrimp as they will become rubbery. As soon as they are no longer opaque, they are done.
  7. Serve immediately from the grill.


Mama’s Tips

If you’re going to use wooden skewers for these kabobs, soak them in water for an hour or two so that they won’t burn when you put them on the grill.

To devein the shrimp, run a pairing knife down the back of the shrimp. You will see the black vein. Using the tip of your knife, cut out the vein and discard.

Always spray your grill with a little cooking spray, or brush lightly with some olive oil so that the shrimp don’t stick to the grill.




Recipe: Easy

36 Comments on “Grilled Shrimp Kebabs”

  1. 3meals2snacks says:

    Not sure which is more appealing—the shrimp or Catalina. Both would be divine.

  2. Tamara says:

    another beautiful posting…the photos and the story and the recipe are awesome!

  3. ritavegas says:

    What a wonderful place!!! We need vacation,time to time!! The shrimps look so delish ,although I have allergy,I’ll make them for my hubby 🙂 he loves shrimps!

  4. Catalina looks lovely and so does that recipe! The photos in this post remind me of Greece.

  5. ohlidia says:

    Those kabobs look great and it’s nice to have you back! 🙂

  6. Oh, wow! Catalina is close enough for me to visit. I think I should look into that 🙂 The shrimp look delicious! Love shrimp!

  7. How beautiful Catalina is, would love to be eating those delicious kebab with drink in hand feeling the ocean breeze and taking in that gorgeous view. I can dream!!

  8. What a gorgeous post. Your shrimp kebabs look so delicious and Catalina looks spectacular. I have a sister who visits Catalina at least once a year and this is the first time I’ve seen photographs! Good tip about soaking the kebab sticks first I wouldn’t have thought of that.

  9. gfandme says:

    These look incredible!

  10. MIndy Margulies says:

    You inspired me to make these tonight for dinner and they were a big hit:-) The pineapple was was a perfect complement to the shrimp! (I used indirect heat over coals for 4 minutes on each side.) Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!

  11. Your shrimp kabobs look simply mouthwatering! And love your photos of Catalina!

  12. So glad you it away. It looks lovely and the recipe delicious!

  13. Janet Rörschåch says:

    Those kababs look fantastic. Then your travel photos? Plain jealous right now.

  14. Barb Droogan says:

    They look delicious! You must have ESP – I have been thinking of looking for a recipe for grilled shrimp for the past several days. Can’t wait to try yours! Catalina looks and sounds awesome – wish we were closer!

  15. dinnerbysusan says:

    Good to hear from you again! The pictures are beautiful!

  16. Colleen says:

    Wow, I am just drooling over the kebabs! They look simply delicious.

    I just came across your site accidentally and absolutely love it. Your photos are just beautiful! I wish I could take pictures that make the food actually look mouthwatering like that! 🙂

  17. themondaybox says:

    Delicious looking kabobs. These would be great as an appetizer or a main dish. Glad to hear you enjoyed your vacation! Travel can be stressful but discovering a wonderful new place can make the trouble worth it! 🙂

  18. Natashalh says:

    This looks super awesome! I just wish I had a grill because I love shrimp and pineapple. I’ve got to figure out a way to cook kebabs without a grill!

  19. Carolyn Chan says:

    At first I thought the yellow squares between the prawns were polenta squares which I ADORE (and think should be eaten with absolutely everything) and then I read the recipe and it was a chunk of pineapple which would go even better haha

  20. Kim McGuire says:

    The holiday sounds so relaxing…i’d love to go sometime! As always, your photos are terrific and this shrimp dish has my tummy rumbling!

  21. Will be making use of this mouth watering recipe tonight. Stunning photography, as always.

  22. bali tour says:

    Lovely food 🙂
    looks delicious

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