Garlic and Lime Shrimp Skewers

I am at odds with myself as summer pushes on and the days get hotter. I love cooking, but some days it is just too hot to even think about turning on my stove or oven. On days like this I turn to light, flavorful dishes that are easy to prepare and can be cooked outside on a grill.

I have been living in the same apartment now for a couple of years. It’s a quirky little place in a very quirky neighborhood.  We live on the top floor of an older building which is nice because we have a great view and there is no one above us walking around, two very important things in the apartment game. However, I have found that living on the top floor has a least one drawback, in the summer when the temperature starts to rise, it becomes a sweltering oven. It gets so hot that my little dog Pumpkin, who usually loves to burrow under multiple blankets, removes all of the blankets from her bed and then lays on the cool tile next to it. I don’t know about you, but on days like that, I don’t want to make it even hotter by cooking indoors. That is where the grill comes in.

All too often BBQ food is kept pretty basic with burgers and hot dogs. Don’t get me wrong I love a perfectly grilled hot dog with a little cream cheese. (Hey, don’t knock it until you try it.) But on a hot day, even those are too heavy for me. Instead, I prefer dishes like these shrimp skewers. They are light, slightly garlicky and have the perfect burst of lime from the lime juice and the lime zest.

Garlic and Lime Shrimp Skewers Recipe

Serves 2 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 1/2 pound 51-60 count prawns (about 25-30 prawns), peeled and deveined
  • juice and zest of one lime
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt



Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate for 1 hour.


Preheat grill to medium-high.


Skewer marinated shrimp. About 5 shrimp per skewer.


Grill marinated shrimp until they turn pink, about 2-3 minutes per side.


Serve with a wedge of lime.



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    July 13, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Hi Lauren, I am glad you like the layout of my blog! We actually just launched this redesign this morning :) If you don’t have a grill you could set your oven to broil setting and cook the shrimp for about 5 minutes that way.

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    Lauren B
    July 13, 2009 at 5:13 am

    Is there a way to cook shrimp like this without a grill? I love the idea of entertaining a crowd of healthy eaters with shrimp skewers. They look so classy! Found you on Tastespotting. I like the crisp, clean layout of your blog!

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    July 11, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I know, when it gets hotter is just so hard to get around the idea of standing in front of the stove/oven. I try to do my cooking very early in the morning, thus beating the heat wave. Like, today, before 9:30 am I already had made like 5 dishes for the week! Hahaha but I get up at 5am, so maybe that’s not very applicable to any normal person!
    I’ve been craving seafood so badly lately, this looks lovely!

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