This quick and tasty recipe for Citrus Herb Grilled Shrimp is a simple, yet flavorful meal that's great for entertaining. It can be served as an appetizer or entree and is always a crowd pleaser.
Nothing says summer like grilled seafood. Not only is it light and flavorful, it's also one of the easiest things you can throw together on a day when you don't feel like spending hours in the kitchen (aka all summer long). This recipe for Citrus Herb Grilled Shrimp uses one of my favorite freezer staples - frozen peeled and deveined shrimp. I always keep them on hand because they defrost quickly, cook even more quickly, and always taste like something special.
These shrimp are packed with flavor thanks to a simple marinade made with lemon and lime zest, a bit of garlic, a generous glug of olive oil, and all the fresh herbs you can get your hands on. Use the ones you like, and leave out the ones you don't (I'm looking at you cilantro haters). That's the beauty of this recipe - it's extremely forgiving, and will basically taste great whether you use one herb or all five listed in the recipe.
Shrimp don't take very long to marinate, but because there isn’t any acid in this marinade, you can let them hang out in the fridge for as long as 24 hours. This is great for parties or anytime you want to have a meal prepped ahead of time. It’s always best to leave acids like citrus juice out of seafood marinades because they break down the protein within a matter of minutes, like ceviche. This marinade ensures the shrimp stay tender, juicy, and full of flavor without any weird textural compromises. I like to add a squeeze of fresh lemon and/or lime juice right before serving to give them a pop of brightness.
The wine I received was a bright, crisp, and refreshing white with just a subtle tingle of effervescence. Not all Vinho Verde wines possess this characteristic, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this one did. It tickles your tongue ever so slightly, making it incredibly food friendly and perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. It’s fruity, but not sweet, is well balanced and pairs effortlessly with all kinds of light summer foods - like these citrus herb grilled shrimp!