Recipe | Sesame & Soy Grilled Shrimp

I find myself fairly fortunate sometimes. Given the weather we are currently experiencing in the Pacific Northwest, I find the fact that my BBQ is undercover, might well be something that makes me “fairly fortunate”. This means, that instead of locking myself indoors and contracting a dangerous amount of cabin fever, I am able to dodge outside for a few minutes to grill up anything I’d like. Oh, the little things. 🙂

These Asian style grilled shrimp, are just the recipe I would like on a rainy day in the Pacific Northwest. 



Sesame & Soy Grilled Shrimp

Yield: 6 small skewers


  • 1 lb. peeled, deveined shrimp (any kind you’d like, but try to steer clear of farmed or mass-produced)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce, low-sodium
  • 3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp toasted sesame oil *
  • 1/2 tsp – 1.5 tsp sriracha **
  • A dash of fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  • 6 small bamboo skewers, soaked in water


Combine ingredients in a non-reactive bowl. Toss in the shrimp, and let marinade for 30 minutes. Remove from marinade and arrange on soaked skewers.

Preheat your grill to high heat, scrape down the grill, then take a piece of paper towel with vegetable oil and lightly grease up the grill. Turn the heat to medium-high (or M.O.M if you have multiple burners). 

Place skewers on the grill, and let cook for 4 minutes. Flip the skewer to the other side, and cook for another 2 minutes – the second side is really just to capture a little grill mark – the shrimp will likely be cooked when you flip the skewer. 

Serve hot with a lime wedge, and a delicious side salad or rice pilaf.

*I give the range because not a lot of people are HUGE fans of sesame – you can go light or go for the gusto. I like to go-for-the-gusto, but only because I’m a really big fan of sesame oil. 

**You can use any hot sauce here – I have about 10 in my fridge… not too much of an exaggeration here – but I chose Sriracha this time because I was going for that “Asian-style”. 🙂 

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Talk about your quick meal. Yes, sure, the shrimp marinade for 30 minutes, but think about what you can do in that 30 minutes. Take a shower, make a salad, have a glass of wine, catch up with your kids – my goodness, the options are endless. Before you know it, you’ll be eating an incredible meal. 🙂 




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