This easy shrimp kabob recipe is a bbq fave any time of year!

Fresh shrimp is marinated in pesto, threaded onto skewers, and grilled until nice and tender with a smoky pesto flavor!

Enjoy it as an appetizer or entree, it’s delicious as a tasty side on a surf n’ turf platter, too!

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Sizzling Shrimp Delight!

  • Summer entertaining calls for quick and easy recipes like this three-ingredient, two-step, tasty grilled shrimp kabob recipe!
  • Ready-made pesto turns grilled shrimp kabobs into a savory low-carb appetizer, side, or light summer entrée in minutes!
  • For easy meals all week long, make shrimp kabobs ahead. Then simply reheat or serve chilled.
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3 Ingredient Recipe

Shrimp – Fresh or frozen (thawed) shrimp should be clean, whole, peeled, and deveined. The best size for grilling shrimp is 16/20 (16 to 20 pieces per pound) which equates to about 5-7 pieces per skewer, generally one serving per person

Marinade – Basil pesto comes ready to use, but making your own is easy, and great to have on hand for quick dips and dressings! For a sweeter, thinner marinade, whisk in a bit of pineapple juice.

Variations – For a fun flavor twist on this shrimp kabob recipe, use scallops but be sure to cook them on separate skewers. Make a spicy pesto marinade with a dash of sriracha or a sprinkle of zesty southwest seasoning.

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How To Make Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

  1. Marinate shrimp in pesto for 20-30 minutes (as per the recipe below).
  2. Grill shrimp over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes per side.
  3. Serve with a lemon wedge.

What to Serve with Shrimp Kabobs

Healthy and protein-packed shrimp tastes great hot or cold! Enjoy them on their own as a quick snack, over a bed of salad greens, or tuck them into a low-carb wrap for an energizing workday lunch! Put the grill to double duty and cook them alongside grilled veggies, or a steak, or add them to almond basil zoodles.

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Safety Tips For Shrimp

  • Discard the pesto sauce after marinating the shrimp.
  • Keep leftover shrimp refrigerated for up to 4 days and reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop on low heat with a little water in a covered pan. This will gently reheat the shrimp with steam instead of direct heat to keep the shrimp tender and moist.

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Grilled Shrimp Kabob Recipe

This recipe for pesto grilled shrimp kabobs cooks in minutes and is so delish!
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Marinating Time 20 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly


  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup prepared pesto
  • 1 lemon cut in wedges for serving


  • In a bowl toss shrimp together with the pesto until well coated. Cover and refrigerate 20-30 minutes.
  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Thread shrimp onto skewers. Grill 2-3 minutes per side until shrimp is pink and cooked through.
  • Serve warm with a squeeze of lemon juice.


  • If using wood skewers, soak them in water for at least 3o minutes prior to cooking. This will avoid burning while grilling.
  • Clean hands well before and after handling raw meat or seafood.
  • Discard remaining pesto sauce after shrimp has marinated.
  • Refrigerate leftover shrimp for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop over low heat with a little water in a covered pan.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 932mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 829IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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At Easy Low Carb® we believe that every meal should be full of big bold flavor! From amazing main dishes and simple sides to the best party snacks, reducing carbs doesn’t mean giving up your favorites!
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