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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Shrimp on the Barbie

For those of you who have been reading my blog for any length of time you know I live in the Desert Southwest where our summers are extremely hot. As you can tell from the Autumn Countdown widget on my sidebar, I am anxious for cooler weather to get here. That being said, I have to tell you that the other nine months of the year the weather is absolutely gorgeous here. That means that we use our grill virtually year round. We enjoy our share of grilled burgers, hot dogs, and steaks.......but there are so many other possibilities. Today I'm sharing quick and easy shrimp on the barbie.......some of you will pick up on that reference to the Crocodile Dundee movies from the eighties with Paul Hogan..... he was Australia's spokesman and the phrase "shrimp on the barbie" became the catch phrase for Australia's tourism adds for quite a while.
My husband is usually the one who does the grilling around here and is an all around great chef in his own right, so today this post is with much assistance from him. There are quite a few ways you can go with this dish, so just pick whichever one you want to try first. Or do several at a time.......these literally take only minutes and with the addition of your favorite sides you'll be having dinner in no time at all.
Shrimp on the Barbie
20 or so medium to large shrimp, peeled and deveined
Wooden skewers
Any of the spices and sauces shown below
First of all, and be sure not to skip this part, soak the skewers in water for about 15 minutes. (obviously this is to keep the skewers from catching on fire.....a great tip no matter what you're grilling ) . Lace the shrimp onto the skewers so that they kind of "spoon" each other. Three or four shrimp will easily fit on a skewer.....be sure to put them toward the top of the skewer and leave a little handle for yourself at the bottom. Brush liberally with any of the spice mixtures, then place on a medium heated grill .Grill 3 minutes on first side, turn them over, brush liberally with mixture again and grill for another 3 minutes. Don't overcook! Test for doneness by breaking one shrimp open; if the inside is completely opaque and no longer translucent, it's done. Grilling time may vary slightly depending on the size of the shrimp, but you want your shrimp to be tender, white, and flaky, not rubbery.
Here are some of the various mixtures to use on your shrimp:
1) 1/4 cup melted butter, juice of 1 lemon or lime, salt
2) 1/4 cup melted butter, finely chopped cilantro, juice of 1 lime, salt
3) 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup hot sauce (we like Cholula hot sauce),salt
4) 1/4 cup melted butter with favorite Cajun Seasoning, salt
5) Shrimp Seasoning to shake on after you've brushed shrimp with melted butter: 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, dash allspice, 1/2 teaspoon minced parsley.Mix ingredients and put in shaker.
6) 1/4 cup of melted butter, lemon pepper
7) 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 large clove of garlic, crushed, salt, juice of 1 lemon or lime
Finally, here are some sauces to "go with". The bottled Heinz Cocktail sauce is really very good and these other recipes are easy to whip up for some delicious dipping!
Remoulade Sauce
(from the Outback Steakhouse)
3/4 cup mayonaise, 5 teaspoons stone ground mustard, 4 teaspoons milk, 2 teaspoons minced celery, 2 teaspoons minced green pepper, 2 teaspoons sauerkraut, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, minced fresh parsley
Make the remoulade sauce by mixing the ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and chill this sauce until you are ready to use it.

Garlic Butter for Dipping
1/2 cup butter, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon), 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, 1 large garlic clove, crushed, salt
In a small saucepan, melt butter. Add remaining ingredients; heat for 1 minute. Serve with shrimp or other seafood.
The smoke from the grill really brings out the flavor in the shrimp so you may just want to simply brush them lightly with melted butter or olive oil and give them a dash of salt before putting them on the grill. They'll taste delicious no matter how you decide to prepare them.


Enjoy! 


31 comments:

Tammy518 said...

We love shrimp and your sauces/marinades all sound delish!

Shirley said...

Shrimps is a popular ingredient today. Yours looks delicious.

Ginny said...

Elaine, we're using our bbq a lot these last few really hot days of August. My husband and I love shrimp and my teens are starting to more and more. I think I'll try some of these on them. I'm thinking they're going to like them grilled like this! Stay cool and remember autumn weather will be here before you know it. :)

Pricilla said...

Thanks for such an informative post on grilling shrimp. I've never tried anything like this (I'm the buy the popcorn shrimp from Long John Silvers girl). Anyway, I've never tried it because I didn't know anything about it. So now I do and it doesn't look so intimidating. Thanks!

The Fajdich Times said...

That is totally my favorite. I could eat shrimp anytime. Just love it:)

Julie said...

Shrimp seems to be popular today.. But I think we all love shrimp. Thank You for shareing...

Betsy from Tennessee said...

YUM, Elaine.... I love shrimp on the grill. The dipping sauces sound GREAT. Thanks for the recipes.

Hugs,
Betsy

ButterYum said...

I can taste it now... delish!

imjacobsmom said...

I LOVE shrimp and you've got my mouth watering....I've always done the butter, garlic, lemon but I am willing to give your others a try - YUM! Thanks for the suggestions! ~ Robyn

xinex said...

I love shrimp and grilled ones are my favorite. Yummy!...Christine

Poppedijne said...

Shrimps always do it for me!!

Emily said...

Elaine, I've got to tell you, I really love your blog. I became a follower not long ago and I've been enjoying getting all the updates. This is the first time I've commented though. Just wanted to say that this kind of post is very helpful to me. I like the way you make all the recipes very clear with plenty of instructions because I'm newly married and am learning to cook. I would never have attempted something like grilled shrimp but you've made it look so easy so I think I'll give it a try. I'll get my hubby in on it and won't he be surprised with all I know about it! lol Thanks again!
Hugs,
Emily

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Thanks for all the variations on seasonings and sauces. Let's see — one for Monday, one for Tuesday, one for…………

I just love shrimp!

susan said...

Elaine--Your countdown until fall meter tickeled me! We love shrimp on the grill and I like the lime/cilantro combination! Thanks for the sauce recipes!

Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

We too use our grill year round, but we live in the NorthEast! Your shrimp looks yummy. And I hope you have fun making giant flowers for your next party!

Ann Kroeker said...

Fantastic--I love shrimp, I love the grill, and I'm excited to try the sauces and spices you've recommended! This sounds like a fun weekend treat. I'm going to see if any of the groceries have shrimp on sale....

Mary said...

Elaine, your shrimp look delicious and I love that you've given us a choice of sauces. I, too, live in an area where we can barbecue year round. The difference? I need an umbrella much of the time. We get lots of rain in Oregon. I hope you are having a wonderful day

The Desperate Cook said...

Shrimp on the grill is one of our favorites. The grill is so nice since it doesn't heat the house up.

YayaOrchid said...

MMMM...yummy! Shrimp is one of my favorite foods. I can almost smell the smoke from your grill, and it is delicious!

Neva said...

I love the Remeloude (oops spelling) Sauce from the Outback Steakhouse so I am super glad to get the recipe for it! Thanks!

Jane F from Atticmag said...

Elaine, you've inspired me to defrost the rest of those jumbos. give 'em a good butter bath and fire up the grill. Fall is our most beautiful season here in NY State and I'm looking forward to it as well.

Your signature looks so much like that of a late friend of mine, also named Elaine, it made me smile to see it.

darnold23 said...

Thanks for posting. I hope you will join me this week for Crock Pot Wednesday. Mister Linky will be up and ready for you on Tuesday. Thanks again

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Oh I wish we had a BBQ! It's not the same living in the city :-)

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Dear Rooster Party Participant,

Just a reminder that the Rooster Party is this Friday, August 28th. I am so glad you joined and I'm really looking forward to seeing your Roosters.

Hope you have a wonderful time!

Barb

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