Why you’ll love this smoked shrimp recipe

  1. These prawns are garlicky, smoky, tangy and super-easy to make!
  2. For a smoker recipe, they cook up quickly and are ready in about 30 minutes.
  3. Smoked shrimp is perfect for a unique appetizer or to serve as the main dish.
  4. Easy to make on the Traeger or any BBQ pellet grill.

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How to smoke shrimp (step-by-step)

Add garlic, olive oil, parsley, lemon juice, tomato paste, and salt and pepper to a bowl.
Whisk all of the ingredients well to make the shrimp marinade.
Add shrimp to the bowl and toss to coat. Mix well to evenly coat all of the individual shrimp pieces.
Place directly on the grill to smoke at 225°. Smoke for 25-35 minutes, or until they are pink and cooked through.

Recipe tips

  • Be sure to use large shrimp (like those pictured). Sometimes these are called jumbo shrimp but not always. Just get a larger size that won’t fall through the grill grates easily.
  • Instead of placing the shrimp directly on the grill grates, you could use a grill pan to make things even easier.
  • Fresh garlic is a must for this recipe (in my opinion). However, you could sub 2-3 tsp of dried garlic in a pinch.
  • Watch the shrimp carefully after 15-20 minutes, as it is easy to overcook. It is done as soon as it is pink outside and the flesh turns opaque, or 120° Fahrenheit.

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Easy Garlic Smoked Shrimp

Delicious smoked shrimp with a tangy garlic marinade. An easy smoker recipe, just follow the step-by-step instructions for how to smoke shrimp and enjoy this flavorful shrimp for an appetizer or main dish.


  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined

For the marinade:

  • 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper



  • Make the marinade by combining all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl and whisking well.
  • Place shrimp in the marinade and mix to coat. Marinade while the smoker heats up.
  • Preheat smoker, grill or pellet grill to 225° Fahrenheit.
  • Carefully place the shrimp directly on the grill grates to smoke. Alternatively, you can place the shrimp on a grilling pan and place the pan on the grill grates.
  • Smoke shrimp for 25-35 minutes at 225°, or until they are pink and cooked through. Check the smoker after 15-20 minutes as shrimp is easy to overcook. Watch it carefully and remove it as soon as it is pink outside and the flesh turns opaque. Remove and serve immediately.

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Nutrition amounts noted are per serving and an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. See our full nutrition information disclosure here.
Calories: 131kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 14g
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