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Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers

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These easy Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers are made with homemade light basil pesto, you’ll want to make them all summer long!

These easy Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers are made with homemade basil pesto, you'll want to make them all summer long!Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers

These pesto shrimp skewers are a perfect dinner for a light, healthy meal and as an added bonus, these are low-carb, gluten-free and delicious! For some more Italian shrimp recipes, try my Shrimp Fra Diavolo and Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo.
These easy Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers are made with homemade basil pesto, you'll want to make them all summer long!

The inspiration behind this recipe comes from a dish served at my sister in law’s garden baby shower. It is so simple and delicious, I knew just had to make them myself.

How to make Pesto

Adding fresh pesto to grilled shrimp is an easy way to get incredible flavor with clean ingredients. To keep it light, I use less oil and prefer to omit the nuts. I used basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. This keeps the fat content down and everyone always loves it. I also love swapping out some of the basil for fresh spinach and arugula, a great way to get more greens in your meal!


You can serve this as skewers so you can hold them in your hand or simply over a bed of greens. This shrimp would also be excellent over your favorite pasta, like orzo, spaghetti or even zoodles for dinner. Or make them at your next BBQ with Grilled Flank Steak, Broccoli and Orzo, Grilled Corn Feta Salad, to name a few summer favorites!

Note: Keep in mind that when you remove the shell from the shrimp it will weigh less. For instance, I started with about 2 lbs of shrimp to get 1 1/2 lbs after I peel them. Depending on the size of your shrimp you will get different amounts.

How To Make Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers

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Grilled pesto shrimp skewers

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Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers

5 from 12 votes
Homemade pesto with basil from my garden makes a scrumptious addition to shrimp. Serve these for dinner or make them at your next BBQ!
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Italian
These easy Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers are made with homemade basil pesto, you'll want to make them all summer long!
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Yield: 7 servings
Serving Size: 1 skewer


  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (weight after peeled)
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 7 wooden skewers


  • In a food processor pulse basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until smooth.
  • Slowly add the olive oil while pulsing.
  • Combine raw shrimp with pesto and marinate a few hours in a bowl.
  • Soak wooden skewers in water at least 20 minutes (or use metal ones to avoid this step). Thread shrimp onto 7 skewers.
  • Heat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan over medium-low heat until hot. Be sure the grates are clean and spray lightly with oil.
  • Place the shrimp on the hot grill and cook until shrimp turns pink on the bottom, about 3-4 minutes; turn and continue cooking until shrimp is opaque and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.

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Serving: 1 skewer, Calories: 180 kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.5 g, Protein: 25.5 g, Fat: 8.5 g, Sodium: 292 mg, Fiber: 0.5 g


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132 comments on “Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers”

  1. Can you include the name of the appliances you use, like your blender, airfryer..etc?
    The same appliances I have does not help my blended ingredients to come out so smooth and pureed and the food does not come out as crisp in my airfryer as your does in your airfryer.
    I would like to purchase and sue the same aplliances you use.

    1. Great recipe.  Made several times and my family loves it.  Also- Love your recipes, try them all the time, thank you!!

  2. I use your recipes many times in a week. This was one of the most delicious recipes I have ever had! SO good!