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Grilled Shrimp Scampi

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To celebrate the kickoff of summer, I fired up the barbecue and cooked up this heavenly Grilled Shrimp Scampi. This post is sponsored by Honest Cooking.

Grilled Shrimp Scampi on skewers on a serving plate with basil and lemon slices

Grilled Shrimp Scampi

You may think of pasta tossed with garlicky shrimp and butter when shrimp scampi comes to mind. But there are many variations of this dish. Apparently Italian immigrants to the states developed scampi by utilizing Italian techniques to cook American food. I was relieved that adding grainy mustard and basil wouldn’t necessarily butcher a purest’s interpretation of scampi nor would grilling it. This grilled shrimp scampi was a hit across the board!

Grilled Shrimp Scampi on a square white plate with basil and lemon slices
How to Grill Shrimp Scampi

My husband lets me get my way most of the time. I think that’s how we have stayed married for 30 years. Smart man. But he refuses to let me purchase a gas grill. Granted, the taste of charcoal does impart a certain smokey deliciousness, but it’s messy. I think that’s my new excuse for wearing yoga pants 24/7! I admit, though, that he does have a point.

  • These shrimp, for example, were phenomenal. Besides all the layers of flavors from the marinade, the grilling process imparted another marvelous nuance. Of course, a gas grill is much easier to control, so feel free to use whatever method you have available. 
  • Shrimp grill quickly, so work fast. Just 1-2 minutes per side and they need to be removed from the heat so the texture doesn’t become rubbery.
  • If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water for about 30 minutes to prevent them from catching on fire. Metal skewers are always on option.
  • PRO-Tip: Use two skewers threaded through each shrimp as seen in the photo above. This will make the shrimp easier to flip as they’re locked in place.
  • Use your eyes to judge when the shrimp is done. Once they start turning pink, give a quick flip and remove to a serving tray.
  • Timing will vary, of course, depending on the temperature of your grill. If you are a shrimp lover, you must make this extraordinary grilled shrimp scampi!

Grilled Shrimp Scampi with bottles of wine
Wine Pairings with BBQ Shrimp

A crisp glass of white wine is perfect on a sultry summer evening. I was lucky enough to be given two delightful best-selling Chilean varietals from Santa Rita. One was their lovely Sauvignon Blanc, with the citrus flavors of lemon peel and grapefruit that I find so irresistible. With the perfect acidity, the subtle fruit flavors also include a hint of peach and are rounded out with herbaceous undertones. The Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc paired deliciously with our grilled shrimp and would also be marvelous as an aperitif with appetizers or served with other seafood.

The Santa Rita 120 Hero’s Salute Red Blend is a gorgeous ruby-red color with flavors of blueberry, plum and Cassis along with notes of spice, vanilla, coffee and tobacco imparted by the oak barrel aging. Pairing suggestions include pasta with meat sauces, grilled or stewed red meats, pork, and cheese. Both these stellar Santa Rita 120 wines are an exceptional value and the perfect addition to your summer grilling menu. Make sure you pick up a bottle or two when grabbing some shrimp for the BBQ!


Grilled Shrimp Scampi

Grilled Shrimp Scampi

A fabulous grilled version of the classic shrimp scampi.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 1/4 cup minced basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Badia spices complete seasoning mix
  • 2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined


  1. In a shallow glass dish (I used my 9x13-inch pyrex cake pan), mix together olive oil, butter, lemon juice and zest, mustard, basil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and seasoning mix. Add shrimp and stir till shrimp are coated with the paste.
  2. Place in the refrigerator for about an hour.
  3. Prepare grill. Thread shrimp onto skewers. Gently microwave any marinade left in the pan and smear over skewered shrimp.
  4. Grill approximately 2 minutes per side or till just starting to turn pink. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 334mg Sodium: 1583mg Carbohydrates: 4g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 35g

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27 comments on “Grilled Shrimp Scampi”

  1. Grilled shrimp scampi sounds just perfect to me, I must try this!

  2. Grilled shrimp looks absolutely delicious and intriguing. Perfect share for this slightly warm weather.

  3. Bet that scampi sauce would be good with chicken too! And you make the wines sound so good Liz, I’d love to try the white, grapefruit sounds very refreshing:@)

  4. Lizzy ! Love shrimp and this look wonderful. And I love this chilean wine.
    A lovely post.

  5. Lol, I had to laugh to myself, Liz. Whenever I make grilled shrimp, Marion insists I remove the shrimp from the skewers and mix them with pasta! I prefer mine “as is” but nooooooo not Marion, lol…doesn’t matter really, these shrimp have all the flavors of deliciousness either way!

    Thanks for sharing, Liz…

  6. Looks like the perfect pairing for a summer night!

  7. This sounds delicious, great summer recipe.

  8. This looks so delicious! Can’t get enough of shrimp!

  9. This shrimp looks amazing! I love grilled shrimp!

  10. Mmmm, shrimp and wine. We think alike ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. What a fab recipe!! Loving the combo of schrimp and wine ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Love this series Liz and this recipe! Shrimp on the grill is always a great idea! Happy summer ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Yeah I could go for shrimp scampi now! They look great. I suck with charcoal! And love yoga pants too!

  14. Great shrimp scampi, Liz! I will definitely have to try it your way. Thanks for the recipe.

  15. This is such a nice way to serve shrimps…simple and yet so tasty…indeed a wonderful Summer kick off!
    Hope you are having a great week Liz ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Reminds me of when my dad made scampi for me before – without butter! ๐Ÿ™‚ THE BEST!!

  17. Tee hee. Smart husband! And spectacular sounding and looking grilled shrimp =)

  18. Great recipe, Liz! I love shrimp scampi in any version, but the grill is sure the way to go in the summer. We have a very old gas grill, but now I don’t have to wait for Manservant to get home to start the coals. Bit quicker, even though purists would say, it’s just not the same! Me…I’d rather at a reasonable time!

  19. Gimme! I love grilled shrimp in scampi!

  20. This sounds terrific. Never done scampi on the grill!

  21. We have a charcoal grill at the cottage and you are absolutely right Liz, it is incomparable to the gas grill but like you mentioned,it’s messy and takes time, but we do have time at the cottage. The shrimp look phenomenal and as luck would have it, I have a dish I’m going to prepare on Sunday with shrimp, pancetta, Parmesan and pasta! I cooked for celebrity Food Network Canada Chef David Rocco last Monday, the show airs on June 6, I’ll post a link on Mondays blog post.

  22. This deliciously spiced shrimp goes perfect with your wine. Yum!

  23. These look amazing Liz. My Dad would have gone bonkers for these skewers. He was such a huge seafood fanatic. This is utterly perfect for summer.

  24. We quite often drink Chilean wine because my husband grew up in Chile and he’s just a little nostalgic. Not to mention it’s very affordable wine – not sure how they do it for the price! Great to see you’re back in BBQ season xx

  25. Oh, yum, this dish just sings summer is here.

  26. Haha! Your husband definitely sounds like a smart man. I am all about celebrating every single moment of summer.

  27. Wow…you sound like you know your wines, too, Liz. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Shrimp Scampi is one of my faves!

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