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Basil Shrimp

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


2 servings

My husband loves seafood and agrees nothing beats this incredibly easy, enjoyable basil shrimp. You can double the recipe when entertaining. —Natalie Corona, Maple Grove, Minnesota
Basil Shrimp Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Dash salt and white pepper
  • 8 uncooked shrimp (16-20 per pound), peeled and deveined


  1. In a small bowl, combine basil, oil, butter, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Pour 3 tablespoons into a small shallow dish; add shrimp and turn to coat. Let stand at room temperature 15-20 minutes. Set remaining marinade aside.
  2. Drain and discard marinade from shrimp. Thread shrimp onto two metal or soaked wooden skewers. Grill, covered, over medium heat until shrimp turn pink, 2-3 minutes on each side, basting occasionally with reserved marinade. If desired, garnish with additional fresh basil.
Basil Shrimp Tips

Can you use frozen shrimp for this basil shrimp recipe?

Yes! But frozen shrimp must be thawed first. The best way to thaw is to place shrimp in a colander over a bowl, covered, in the fridge overnight. Didn’t plan ahead? Seal frozen shrimp in a resealable plastic bag, removing as much air as possible. Place bag in a large bowl of cold water for about 20 to 30 minutes or until completely thawed, keeping a plate on top so the bag stays fully submerged. Pat shrimp dry on a paper towel-lined plate. Then peel and devein your shrimp. (You can either leave tails on or remove them… it’s a matter of preference!)

How else can you cook basil shrimp?

This basil shrimp recipe can also be cooked in the oven. Just broil 4 inches from the heat until shrimp turn pink, 2-3 minutes on each side, basting occasionally with reserved marinade.

What can you serve with basil shrimp?

There are so many sides that go great with basil shrimp. Try it with rice pilaf, Parmesan broccoli and pasta salad.

Julie Schnittka, Taste of Home Senior Editor

Nutrition Facts

3 ounces cooked shrimp: 159 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 133mg cholesterol, 330mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 17g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat.

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