Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Pineapple Sauce

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Grilled shrimp skewers with pineapple sauce is a quick and healthy meal! Each shrimp is tossed in bold spices and drizzled with a fresh tropical fruit sauce.

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Pineapple Sauce

Are you still firing up your grill during these warm summer nights? Shrimp is one of the easiest foolproof proteins for a light and healthy meal. I’ve been in a Caribbean mood, so I’m bringing the islands to you!

This spiced grilled shrimp with fruity pineapple cilantro sauce is the quick meal with a flavor kick. A blend of bold spices coats each succulent piece of shrimp. A drizzle of fresh and creamy blender pineapple sauce makes each bite even better.

Glass jar with homemade pineapple sauce

I am obsessed with blender sauces. They are just so quick and easy to make! Pineapples add a delicate balance of natural sweetness and acidity for this luscious sauce. All you need is fresh or canned pineapple slices, lime juice, coconut milk, cilantro, refreshing mint leaves, and spicy serrano peppers.

I typically used canned pineapple rings when I’m in a hurry. I use the whole can to make the sauce. I add it between the shrimp on the skewer and any leftover I just toss on the grill for some yummy roasted pineapple rings.

shrimp skewers on a sheet pan with garnish

These tiny crustaceans are naturally flavorful with a light salty taste. You don’t need more than just a light dusting of kosher salt and pepper, but I like to turn up the flavor volume a notch. Earthy spices like ground cumin, onion, and garlic powder, smoked paprika, and chili pepper add some deep flavors with little effort.

When making this recipe you could add anything you want. For these grilled shrimp skewers I added a little bit of red onion, sliced pineapples, and limes. They help infuse more flavor and aroma into each piece of shrimp, and it even adds some additional textures to your meal.

Grilled shrimp skewers on a plate

Other great skewer options are bell peppers, squash or even tomatoes. I like to get 4 at least to 5 pieces of shrimp with each skewer sandwiched between vegetables or fruit. These shrimp skewers are perfect for a party as appetizers, or if you are eating as a meal, I like to serve them with crunchy Caribbean coleslaw or some quinoa.

Spoon adding yellow sauce to grilled shrimp

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How can you tell what size shrimp to buy from the market?

Something I learned in culinary school was how to determine a rough estimate of the size of shrimp. This can be selected by the “count” per pound. Typically when you go to the grocery store, you will see signs with numbers in the seafood case. For medium-sized shrimp, I usually buy “16/20 count”. This means that per pound of shrimp you will get 16 to 20 pieces. I found this to be a good size for putting on skewers and not easily overcooking on the grill. The higher the number count, the more shrimp you will get per pound, but the smaller they will be in size.

Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Pineapple Sauce

Grilled shrimp skewers with cilantro pineapple sauce is a healthy and quick meal! Tossed in bold spices and drizzled with a fresh tropical fruit sauce.
4.96 from 22 votes
Prep Time26 minutes
Cook Time4 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings 4 skewers
Course Entree
Cuisine Caribbean

Ingredients  

Pineapple Sauce

  • 1 cup pineapple, diced
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, fresh, packed
  • 6 mint leaves, fresh
  • 1 serrano pepper, stems and seeds removed

Shrimp Skewers

  • 1 pound shrimp, medium-sized, peeled and deveined, 16/20 count
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin, ground
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions 

Pineapple Sauce

  • Add pineapple, pineapple juice, lime juice, coconut milk, cilantro, mint, and serrano pepper to a blender.
  • Puree for about 30 seconds, until smooth with green specs still visible from the cilantro.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Transfer to a small container, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Shrimp Skewers

  • If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 10 minutes while you prepare the shrimp.
  • In a medium-sized bowl combine shrimp, garlic, onion, cumin, paprika, chili powder, salt, black pepper, and olive oil.
  • Skewer about 4 to 5 shrimp, plus alternating with lime slices, onions and pineapples if desired.
  • Heat grill to medium-high. Add a small amount of vegetable oil on a folded piece of paper towel, and carefully grease the grill grates with the oil.
  • Once the grill is nice and hot, add the spiced shrimp skewers.
  • Cook uncovered until no longer translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 4 skewers
Calories 86kcal (4%)Carbohydrates 13g (4%)Protein 1g (2%)Fat 4g (6%)Saturated Fat 1g (5%)Polyunsaturated Fat 1gMonounsaturated Fat 3gSodium 132mg (6%)Potassium 183mg (5%)Fiber 2g (8%)Sugar 9g (10%)Vitamin A 950IU (19%)Vitamin C 53.6mg (65%)Calcium 20mg (2%)Iron 0.7mg (4%)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet. All nutritional information is based on estimated third-party calculations. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.

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I'm a culinary school graduate, cookbook author, and a mom who loves croissants! My passion is creating recipes and sharing the science behind cooking to help you gain confidence in the kitchen.

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    • Jessica Gavin says

      Thank you so much Joyce! We are definitely enjoying this quick and light meal during the warm summer nights 🙂

  1. Judy says

    I appreciate your extra tips Jessica.

    Do you use an outdoor grill or do you have a counter grill? I do not own any type of grill but I would like to get one for my counter.

  2. Patricia @ Grab a Plate says

    What a beautiful, beautiful dish! I love grilling shrimp, and your pineapple sauce sounds delicious!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Thank you Patricia! I love cooking shrimp, it’s so easy and yummy. I hope you get to give the recipe a try 🙂

  3. Scarlett says

    The skewered shrimp were simply fantabulous! I threaded some red bell pepper and yellow squash along with the other veggies onto the skewers along with the shrimp. All the colors and flavors were wonderfully vibrant and delicious. I will be making this recipe again and again, and even when guests come over for a patio supper. Love your recipes Jessica.

    • Jessica Gavin says

      I love all of the vegetable add on’s Scarlett! Thank you for trying my recipes, I can’t wait to share more with you 🙂

  4. Nina says

    Hi Jessica,

    I was wondering if you know a good alternative to cilantro. Every time I eat it I get an upset stomach.

    Thanks
    Nina

  5. Craig says

    Tried these for a last minute BBQ I had at my place tonight and they were a hit! Barely had time to take a pic of the final results before they were all snatched up…LOL. Had everything for the pineapple sauce except the mint…(dang it!). I still made it but I think the mint is really needed to brighten the flavour. Great recipe Jessica!