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.
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.
Turn the heat on and let’s get cooking!
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. That’s it! A quick spin in the blender and the sauce is ready to go within seconds.
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 left over I just toss on the grill for some yummy roasted pineapple rings.
Shrimp, you are the best! 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. High five! All you have to do is toss with the shrimp and get ready for some skewer fun!
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.
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.
The shrimp is ready! Feel free to drizzle or dunk each one into the tropical pineapple sauce.
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. My hungry toddler James has been loving the handheld meals like skewers because it’s easier for him to pick up and eat. What will you serve with the tasty shrimp skewers?
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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 the 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.
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