Shrimp Skewers


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Shrimp Skewers

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 5


  • 2 lbs (16/20) large shrimp
  • 2 Stalks of lemongrass, leaves separated into 12 “skewers” -or- 12 10-12” wooden skewers
  • kosher salt & pepper
  • 1/2 C light soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Grated fresh ginger
  • 2 Tbsp Rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp Toasted sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp Grapeseed or other neutral oil, plus more to brush shrimp
  • 2 Tbsp Toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Thinly sliced scallion
  • 1/4 C ½ inch slices of scallion for garnish


  • Soak the lemongrass or skewers in warm water for 30 mins.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the light soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, rice vinegar, lime juice, sesame oil, 2 tablespoons of grape- seed oil, toasted sesame seeds and thinly sliced scallions. Set aside.
  • Season the shrimp well with kosher salt & fresh ground pepper. 
  • Thread them on the skewers, 3-4 on each. If using the lemongrass, you will need to skewer the shrimp with a wooden skewer first to create the holes, then thread onto the lemongrass. 
  • Prepare your grill, bringing to medium high heat.
  • Brush the shrimp lightly with oil and grill for about 2 minutes per side, just until opaque and pink throughout. Remember, they will continue cooking a bit after they are removed.
  • Place on a platter and drizzle well with the sesame scallion sauce and garnish with ½” sliced scallions. Serve with the additional sauce.
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