Cajun Shrimp Skewers

An original recipe by Georgianna Dolan-Reilly

I am a pescatarian, which makes BBQs a bit tricky, especially if I want to partake of something that is a good source of protein. These little babies add some protein and spice to your grilled meals, and are great when paired with corn on the cob, potatoes, or really any other item that might be at a BBQ. Try them on their own, or even over rice or on a salad.

Marinade Ingredients:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons minced garlic (approximately 2 large cloves)

1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon lime zest

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder*

1/4 teaspoon sugar

*If you like more spice, double the cayenne pepper or consider adding 1/4 teaspoon finely minced jalapeño.

Other Ingredients:

1 pound raw shrimp (peeled and deveined on top and bottom)

1 medium sweet onion

1 medium green pepper

1 medium red pepper

1 medium yellow pepper

1 medium orange pepper

1/2 pint cherry or grape tomatoes

Directions:

  1. In a glass or metal bowl, add the marinade ingredients. Stir until well mixed. Let sit while prepping shrimp and other ingredients.
  2. Wash the shrimp. Next, peel and devein by removing the grey/black areas along the bottom and top of the shrimp with the tip of a knife.
  3. Re-wash the shrimp and pat dry.
  4. Add the shrimp to the marinade and stir until completely covered. Cover bowl and let sit in fridge for 30 minutes. Shake or stir occasionally.
  5. Meanwhile, heat the grill to low or medium heat.
  6. Slice the peppers and onions into squares of about equal size (about 1 inch), and set aside.
  7. When the shrimp are done marinating, prepare the skewers by alternating peppers, onions and shrimp. Each skewer is best with 2-3 shrimp. Set aside marinade for basting.
  8. Place skewers on grill, drizzling each with marinade.
  9. Cook for approximately 4-5 minutes on medium heat or 9 minutes on low heat.
  10. Turn, baste once more with marinade, and cook for another 4-5 minutes on medium or 9 on low.
  11. Remove skewers from grill and enjoy!

Makes approximately 12-15 skewers.

Find the original recipe at The Daily Dietribe. www.thedailydietribe.com