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Spicy Thai Grilled Shrimp

These Spicy Thai Grilled Shrimp Skewers are succulent, tender, and quickly grilled to perfection.  This healthy dish comes together within 10 minutes. 

thai grilled shrimp

Succulent Thai Grilled Shrimp

Summer is hands-down my favorite season. Here in the Twin Cities, it’s also the season that’s notoriously way too short. The breezy lake days of summer go by in a blink.  I know, I know. I’ll try not to say it out loud.  

The best method I know to make summer last as long as possible is just to get out there and enjoy every bit of warmth there is.  Thus, the shorts and flip-flops tan lines are quickly gained and who cares. I’ll take it if it means glorious sunshine.

We also do our best to make the most of summer food.  Translation:  Ice cream that’s crazy creamySmoothies that taste like the tropics Cocktails that cool, and of course The Mighty Grill.

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Thai Grilled shrimp: 60 Seconds on the Grill

This Spicy Thai Grilled Shrimp is simply irresistible.  The shrimp is absolutely succulent, tender, and grilled to perfection in just 60 seconds. Thai style shrimp kebabs boast a nice kick (take down the cayenne if you wish, but it’s sooo good the way it’s written.)  They’re sweet, tangy, and 100% yum. 

The super fast cook time is one of the great virtues of shrimp – it cooks in a blink, which makes it equally great for busy weeknights and weekend gatherings.

At your next backyard cookout, consider placing some of these Thai grilled shrimp skewers on the grill for appetizers, along with this easy mango cooler cocktail. Or serve these shrimp skewers alongside these sweet ‘n spicy glazed chicken skewers for a kebab party. 

shrimp skewers

Easy Party Menu

Because shrimp skewers cook in a flash, it’s an amazing option to include in your easy party menu. To make it even easier on yourself, you can prepare the shrimp and the sauce ahead of time; chill both until ready to fire up the grill.

The cooking part is super fast; it will only take 60 seconds or less (depending on how hot your grill is and size of your shrimp.) This makes these shrimp skewers ideal for party appetizers, so your family and friends can nibble on their succulent shrimp kebabs while waiting for the chicken or steak to finish cooking.

Appetizers: Thai Grilled Shrimp, Mango Cooler Cocktails (both can be prepared ahead.)
Main: Garlic Marinated Steaks (we love ribeye or New York steak cuts; can be prepared ahead prior to grilling)
Side: Asian Style Pasta Salad (can be prepared ahead)
Dessert: Have someone else bring the dessert, or make these Chewy Cookie Bars ahead of time and keep them airtight at mild room temperate or in fridge.

Try This Easy Bacon Ranch Potato Salad, Too:

Spicy Thai Grilled Shrimp

4.75 from 4 ratings
This Spicy Thai Grilled Shrimp is succulent, tender, and mouthwatering. The sauce is amazing. Be sure shrimp is cold when you put it on the grill, to avoid over cooking. It cooks super fast!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 min
Servings: 4


  • 1 ½ lbs jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, kept cold
  • 4 TB salted butter, melted
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt
  • ½ cup Thai sweet chili sauce, sometimes labeled "for chicken" found in major grocery stores' Asian aisle; a thick orange-red sauce with red pepper flakes in it
  • 2 TB fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp lime zest


  • Pat shrimp dry with paper towels and thread shrimp onto four 12-inch skewers (wood skewers must be pre-soaked in water first.) Brush with 1 TB butter and season with cayenne and a pinch of salt on both sides. Keep chilled until grill is ready.
  • Heat Thai sweet chili sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat until bubbling. Off heat, whisk in remaining butter, lime juice, and lime zest. Cover and keep warm.
  • Grill shrimp over hot fire, about 30-60 seconds per side. Brush with glaze and serve immediately.


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.3g | Protein: 34.8g | Fat: 12.5g | Saturated Fat: 7.5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 304.2mg | Sodium: 606.1mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 2.1g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian American
Method: Grill

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Get more out of your grill with this fantastic Teriyaki Grilled Chicken.  It’s our favorite way to grill chicken every summer.

Grilled Chicken Teriyaki 2

Glass Noodle Salad with Shrimp is an amazing Asian style salad that hits the spot on a hot day.

asian glass noodle salad
Asian Glass Noodle Salad – light, refreshing, cool summer meal

We love our stir fry dishes around here, and this Shrimp with Snow Peas is both easy and deeelish!

shrimp stir fry

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    • Sophia John

    Wow delicious.. Making ma mouth full of water

    • brandy toenges

    I will have to try this recipe! My husband after 15 years of marriage JUST NOW started to like shrimp…so we have been trying various new recipes and this one is next on the list!

    • chad

    These shrimps! I am literally drooling! I can’t wait to make this sometime next week, can’t wait.

    • joanna
    • 5 stars

    I love prawns and this looks like a very easy recipe. I know that sweet chili sauce and it’s delicious, it goes so well with the prawns.

    • WorldInEyes

    Wow this looks so delicious and tasty…loved this…i haven’t ever had any of Thai food ever..but now i can make this by myself Thanks for sharing this..loved it…

    • The Backpacksters

    This looks very interesting. Im sure non vegetarians will love it!

    • Maysz
    • 5 stars

    I love shrimp and this grilled shrimps makes me mouth watering I can’t wait to try this recipe awesome!

    • Charlene

    Oh my word those shrimp look amazing! I definitely have to try this sometime!

    • Marie Phillips
    • 5 stars

    Oh my gosh!!! I love grilled shrimp that is perfectly crispy and tender. I can’t wait to try this!

    • tweenselmom

    Wow, this looks really delicious and appetizing! I’m a BIG fan of shrimps so I’d definitely try this out sometime, thanks for sharing!

    • Jordan

    Omg this looks incredible. Grilled shrimp in summer is one of the most heavenly things I can think of!!!

    • WanderlustBeautyDreams

    This looks so DELICIOUS! I need to try this out over the weekend. I love any kind of shrimp dish and this just sounds so amazing.

    • Jen Salvati

    These look delicious. What would be a good side dish to serve with these?

      • chewoutloud

      Hi, Jen! For something healthy, summer-ish, and yummy, I love this Crunchy Thai Salad and this coconut rice! Thanks for being here today and hope you love the recipes! 🙂

    • jen

    Do you use raw or cooked shrimp?

      • chewoutloud

      Hi, Jen! I use raw shrimp; be sure to cook just til opaque, not longer. That keeps it super tender and juicy 🙂

        • jen

        Thanks! Can’t wait to try this!

    • Thalia @ butter and brioche

    these shrimp skewers look incredibly delicious & so beautifully captured, love the thai marinade. so perfect for summer!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks for coming by, Thalia! 🙂

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