Summer Sublime: Pesto Grilled Shrimp

Summer Sublime: Pesto Grilled Shrimp. Man, I love Costco.

I’ll go in for cheap bulk toilet tissue and paper towels and stagger out with 6 year’s worth of shrimp.


“What are you going to do with all that shrimp?” my sister Jenne eyed my mountain of frozen crustaceans.



“I didn’t get that far,” I confessed.  “I figure it’s going to be like Bubba said in Forest Gump: grilled shrimp…boiled shrimp…”

Jenne clenched her teeth.  “Shut. UP!”

I knew it would drive her crazy and thus end the conversation, but I still have 8,009 shrimp clogging my freezer.  This is my favorite new recipe.  It’s easy, it’s a food on a stick, and it’s low calorie.  I win!


pesto shrimp

Pesto Grilled Shrimp

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Marinate Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

  • 1/2 cup basil, packed
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons parmigiano-reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (~1/2 lemon)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deviened
  1. Pulse the basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper until smooth.
  2. Marinate the shrimp in the pesto for 20 minutes in the fridge.
  3. Skewer the shrimp and grill over medium-high heat until cooked, about 2-3 minutes per side.


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