How to grill shrimp on a propane grill

How to grill shrimp on a propane grill

Grilling shrimp on a propane grill is a quick and delicious way to prepare this seafood favorite. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you grill shrimp to perfection by Papa Ken at Maine Grilling Products.


  • Shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • Olive oil or cooking spray
  • Seasonings (such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, or your favorite seafood seasoning)
  • Skewers (metal or wooden, if using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning)


  1. Preheat the Grill:

    • Start by preheating your propane grill to medium-high heat, usually around 350-400°F (175-200°C). Make sure the grill grates are clean and well-oiled to prevent sticking.
  2. Prepare the Shrimp:

    • If your shrimp are frozen, thaw them in advance by placing them in a bowl of cold water for about 10-15 minutes. Drain and pat them dry with paper towels.
    • If using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent them from burning on the grill.
  3. Season the Shrimp:

    • Drizzle the shrimp with a bit of olive oil or spray them with cooking spray. This helps prevent sticking and adds flavor.
    • Season the shrimp with your preferred seasonings. A simple combination of salt, pepper, and a bit of garlic powder works well. You can also use a pre-made seafood seasoning if you prefer.
  4. Skewer the Shrimp:

    • Thread the shrimp onto the skewers, making sure to leave a small gap between each shrimp to ensure even cooking. This also makes it easier to flip them on the grill.
  5. Grill the Shrimp:

    • If you are using a smoker box, add your wood chips now.  Alder chips are great for grilling seafood.
    • Place the shrimp skewers on the preheated grill grates. Close the grill lid and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side.
    • Shrimp cook quickly, so keep a close eye on them. They are done when they turn pink and opaque. Avoid overcooking, as shrimp can become tough and rubbery if left on the grill for too long.
  6. Serve:

    • Once the shrimp are cooked through, remove them from the grill and let them rest for a minute or two. This allows the juices to redistribute.
    • Serve the grilled shrimp hot with your favorite dipping sauce, such as cocktail sauce, garlic butter, or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Grilled shrimp is a versatile dish that can be served as an appetizer, main course, or used in salads, tacos, or pasta dishes. Enjoy your delicious grilled shrimp! Papa Ken

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