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Shrimp Marinade Recipe
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5 from 9 votes

Shrimp Marinade Recipe

This awesome shrimp marinade recipe makes the best seared or grilled shrimp, with a hugely flavorful combination of sweet and spicy. Get your grills ready!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Seasonings
Cuisine: American
Keyword: marinade, shrimp
Servings: 4
Calories: 254kcal


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey or you can use brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (try an extra pinch or two of ghost pepper powder for some great spiciness!)
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or more as desired - optional, for spicier marinade
  • Salt and black pepper to taste 1/4 teaspoon each is usually good
  • Hot Sauce to taste optional
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined


  • Whisk together the olive oil, honey, garlic, parsley, paprika, lime zest, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Reserve a few tablespoons now if you'd like to use some as a finishing sauce.
  • Place the shrimp in a large zip-lock bag and pour the marinade over them. Seal the bag and refrigerate at least 15 to 20 minutes, or for 1 hour before cooking.
  • When ready to cook, drain the marinade and discard it.
  • Grill or saute the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side, or until pink and cooked through. Transfer to a serving platter.
  • Squeeze on a bit of fresh lime juice to finish.



Reserve a couple tablespoons of your marinade before marinating the shrimp to use as a glaze or finishing sauce.


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 887mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 3mg