Why you’ll love this smoked shrimp recipe
- These prawns are garlicky, smoky, tangy and super-easy to make!
- For a smoker recipe, they cook up quickly and are ready in about 30 minutes.
- Smoked shrimp is perfect for a unique appetizer or to serve as the main dish.
- Easy to make on the Traeger or any BBQ pellet grill.
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How to smoke shrimp (step-by-step)
- 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.
- Salad – Throw these on any salad you like to add some delicious smoky flavor.
- Appetizer – Serve these as a fun healthy appetizer option at a party or holiday gathering.
- Noodles – Toss smoked shrimp with some cooked noodles or zoodles. Add in any sauce, like a creamy alfredo sauce.
- With sides – Serve alongside some perfectly cooked air fryer asparagus, brown butter mushrooms, or a rich and creamy coleslaw.
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Easy Garlic Smoked Shrimp
- 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.