Shrimp is great to grill! Shrimp has it’s own built in thermometer to tell you when it is done cooking. Regardless of the type of shrimp or the size of the shrimp you will grill it the same.
- One of the best ways to cook shrimp is to use a skewer. Run the skewer through the tail and the thick part of the shrimp in U shape, like in the picture. If you use the same size shrimp then the cook time will be the same for all and you can cook large amounts at one time.
- Pre-heat the grill to med-low to med. Shrimp does not require a hot grill and will cook very fast.
- Lay the shrimp on the grill and watch closely. Do not walk away from grilling shrimp unless the heat is very low. Otherwise the shrimp will overcook and become dry and rubbery.
- You will know when to turn the shrimp by watching the color. Shrimp is translucent to gray when it is raw. When it is cooked it will become orange and white in color. You can wait until the bottom half turns color to flip the shrimp or you can turn it as often as you want.
- To determine if the shrimp is done cooking look at the thickest part of the shrimp where the head has been cut off. The center of this spot will be the last to change color. Remove the shrimp just before the very center turns white. The shrimp will continue cooking even after being removed from the grill. If you remove the shrimp when it is fully cooked then by the time you eat the shrimp it will be overcooked and mushy. If you press the shrimp between your fingers it should spring back. If the shrimp squishes flat when you press, then it is overcooked.
- Remove the shrimp from the grill and eat as soon as possible.
Safe Internal Temperature: White/orange shrimp = good. Clear/translucent shrimp = cook a little longer. Tips:
- Cut a long slit down the back of the shrimp with a sharp knife. Look for the black line beneath the shell running along the back to the tail. Cut the slit deep enough to remove this black line (bowel) from the shrimp.
- Peeling the shrimp will make it easier to cook and eat. You can also peel all but the tail for presentation and a handle to eat the shrimp with your fingers.
- If you use wooden skewers, soak them in water or lemon juice for at least 30 minutes before cooking. This will keep them from burning when you grill the shrimp.
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