Delicious Charbroiled Shrimp Recipe

The Sea Island Charbroiled Shrimp Recipe is a must-try for seafood lovers who want to add some island flavor to their dishes. This recipe is inspired by the seafood platters of the famous Island Shrimp House in San Antonio, TX, but with our own twist. Trust me, this recipe will bring the perfect balance between the freshness of the jumbo shrimp and the aroma of the minced garlic, butter, and lemon pepper seasoning.

If you’re a fan of grilled shrimp recipes, then this dish will surely tickle your taste buds. With 220 calories per 3 skewers serving, you won’t be worrying about your calorie and carb intake while enjoying this meal. And if you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something new and spicy, we’ve got you covered with our Diablo fish breading that will add an extra kick to your meal.

The island style grilled shrimp pairs well with steamed rice or your favorite garden salad for a healthy meal option. Plus, you’ll find that it’s wallet-friendly since roasted shrimp comes cheaper compared to other seafood options out there.

Don’t just take my word for it – give this recipe a try and let the flavors do the talking. So clear up some space on your plates and bon appétit!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sea Island Charbroiled Shrimp
Sea Island Charbroiled Shrimp

Trust me, this Sea Island Charbroiled Shrimp recipe is a game-changer! Not only is it easy to prepare, but it also delivers an impressive and delicious seafood dish that will leave your guests raving.

If you love shrimp, then you absolutely have to try this recipe! The mixture of lemon pepper, butter, and minced garlic adds depth of flavor that perfectly complements the juicy, succulent shrimp. And what’s even better? This dish is perfect for any occasion! Whether it’s a summer backyard BBQ or a cozy winter gathering, charbroiled shrimp never fails to impress.

The combination of sizzling shrimp on the grill, mixed with the smoky flavors from the charcoal creates a true island feel that will transport you straight to San Antonio. With just 3 minutes per side on the grill and minimal prep time, this recipe delivers full-on flavor in mere minutes.

And when it comes to versatility, this Shrimp Skewer recipe really shines! Substitute different types of seafood like jumbo shrimp or garlic shrimp with the same seasoning for a new spin on your meal. You can even take this recipe up a notch by trying out some variations like our spicy diablo fish breading.

So go ahead and impress your friends with this seafood showstopper. Don’t forget the lemon wedges for an extra citrus punch! Trust me, once you try this Sea Island Charbroiled Shrimp recipe, there’s no going back. Bon appétit!

Ingredient List

 These succulent shrimp are begging to be fired up on the grill!
These succulent shrimp are begging to be fired up on the grill!

Here is what you’ll need for the Sea Island Charbroiled Shrimp recipe:


  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • Lemon pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For those looking to feed a large crowd, consider doubling or tripling the recipe as these charbroiled shrimps are always a crowd favorite – they will go quickly!

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready for some serious flavor and perfectly cooked seafood with these charbroiled shrimp.
Get ready for some serious flavor and perfectly cooked seafood with these charbroiled shrimp.

Now, let’s get to the fun part – the recipe itself! For this preparation, you’ll need jumbo shrimp that have been peeled and deveined. Make sure they are completely dry before marinating them.


  • 1 1/2 pounds of jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a bowl, mix the melted butter, lemon pepper seasoning, garlic, salt, and pepper together until well combined.
  3. Add the shrimp to the mixture and toss them ensuring they are coated evenly.
  4. Skewer the shrimp using three skewers to ensure that they stay in place while grilling.
  5. Place the skewers on the hot grill over direct heat and cook for 2 minutes per side or until they turn pink.
  6. Remove the skewers from heat with tongs and set aside. Don’t overcook it to avoid having rubbery texture.

Your delectable Sea Island Charbroiled Shrimp is now ready to be plated!

Pro-tip: You can also cook these shrimp in an oven preheated at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 minutes per side on a baking rack.

Serving Suggestions

This dish goes well with a side of garlic mashed potatoes or green salad topped with cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. You may choose to serve it with a lemon wedge as well.

Substitutions and Variations

For a spicy twist, add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to the butter mixture before tossing it in shrimp.

Another variation is adding pickled shrimp into your salad dishes; alternatively, you can opt for garlic shrimp that can complement grilled seafood platters.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

You can prepare this delicious recipe before hand by marinating your jumbo shrimps in the refrigerater for up to one hour before placing them on skewers. Cooked leftover shrimp skewers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Reheat it under low-medium heat so not to overcook it.

Tips for Perfect Results

Here are some helpful tips that can guide you through cooking perfect charbroiled shrimp every time:

  • Pat dry the shrimps completely after washing.
  • Be sure skillet is hot enough than using oil which will make if drool rather than searing your seafood.
  • Be careful not to overcook the shrimps which might lead them turning rubbery rather than tender and juicy done.
  • Use marinated jumbo shrimps or soaking them in buttermilk or herbs enhance their flavors greatly
  • Use a

Substitutions and Variations

 A quick marinade ensures that these shrimp are tender and juicy, with
A quick marinade ensures that these shrimp are tender and juicy, with

If you’re feeling creative, there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can make to this Sea Island Charbroiled Shrimp Recipe to fit your personal preferences.

One substitution you could try is using a different type of seafood instead of shrimp. This recipe would work well with other types of seafood, such as jumbo shrimp, garlic shrimp or even fish. You could even try a seafood platter with an assortment of different types of seafood, such as crab and scallops.

To add some variety to the flavor, you could experiment with different spices and seasonings. For example, instead of lemon pepper, you could use Cajun seasoning for something spicy or Italian seasoning for a more herbaceous taste. You could even add in some chopped chili peppers for an extra kick.

If you’re looking for a different cooking method than charbroiling, consider grilling the shrimp on an outdoor grill or broiling them in the oven. If you have frozen shrimp on hand, you could also thaw them out and use them in this recipe in place of fresh shrimp.

Another variation is to use different toppings or accompaniments to serve with the shrimp. Instead of serving with lemon wedges, try serving with a side salad or roasted vegetables. You could also make a sauce to serve alongside the shrimp, such as garlic butter or spicy diablo sauce.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to this Sea Island Charbroiled Shrimp Recipe – there are endless ways to make it your own and cater to your tastes!

Serving and Pairing

When it comes to serving and pairing your delicious Sea Island Charbroiled Shrimp, the possibilities are endless. These charbroiled shrimp taste amazing on their own or paired with a fresh salad, grilled vegetables or a side of rice.

For those who love a citrusy flavor, serve the shrimp alongside slices of lemon wedges or drizzle lemon juice on top of the grilled shrimp for an added zing. You can also sprinkle some lemon pepper seasoning over the top for extra flavor.

If you want to bring out the savory notes in your charbroiled shrimp, try pairing them with melted butter mixed with minced garlic. Adding a little bit of salt and pepper will make this pairing taste even better.

If you’re looking to make your dish even more impressive, try making a seafood platter by combining different seafood items like jumbo shrimp, garlic shrimp, pickled shrimp, and breaded fish. For an island-style meal, you can also serve these charbroiled shrimp with other grilled seafood such as scallops or lobster tails.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair these delicious charbroiled shrimp from Sea Island, they will undoubtedly be the star of the show at your next dinner party. Enjoy these beauties with your favorite refreshment and Bon Appétit!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

I’m all about making life easier, especially when it comes to party planning. That’s why I love this Sea Island Charbroiled Shrimp Recipe – it’s perfect for making ahead of time so you can enjoy your party without worrying about cooking in the moment.

To make ahead, simply cook the shrimp as instructed and let them rest until they reach room temperature. Once cooled, transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When you’re ready to serve, remove from the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature before serving.

If you have leftovers, don’t fret – these charbroiled shrimp taste just as delicious reheated! Simply place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350°F for 5-7 minutes, or until heated through. Just be careful not to overcook them, as they can become rubbery if left in the oven too long.

So go ahead and make these shrimp ahead of time – less stress equals more fun!

Tips for Perfect Results

Now, let’s go through some tips and tricks to guarantee the perfect result for your Sea Island charbroiled shrimp recipe.

First and foremost, make sure you have fresh shrimp. The quality of the shrimp will heavily impact the final taste of the dish. Preferably, buy fresh, wild-caught shrimp that are peeled and deveined. If you are using frozen shrimp, always defrost them in the fridge overnight before preparing them.

When skewering your shrimp, avoid overcrowding them on the skewers. Giving each shrimp ample his or her own space will ensure it cooks evenly. In general, three shrimps per skewer is the way to go.

Additionally, be sure to preheat your grill to a proper temperature of 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit before starting. This helps ensure that your seafood is cooked thoroughly and evenly.

When adding the shrimp to the grill, only cook each side for 2-3 minutes or until fully cooked; overcooking can make them rubbery and chewy.

Another important tip is to avoid flipping your skewers too often while cooking; every time you flip them you run the risk of losing ingredients or causing sticking.

To add extra zest to your charbroiled shrimp recipe, serve it with lemon wedges on a bed of white rice or as an accompaniment to a green salad garnished with lemon pepper-dressed arugula.

Finally, remember that timing is crucial when it comes to serving seafood platters at parties. Timing is everything when hosting and serving seafood dishes at events – so keep this recipe up your sleeve for days when you want something that’s easy, quick and deliciously impressive every time – bon appétit!


Before we move on to the Conclusion section, it’s important to address a few common questions that may arise while preparing this dish. Here are some frequently asked questions about the Sea Island Charbroiled Shrimp Recipe that can help you achieve perfect results every time.

How to cook pre cooked shrimp in the oven?

If you’ve got some pre-cooked shrimp that you want to heat up, using an oven can be an easy option. To get started, you’ll want to preheat your oven to around 225 degrees. While your oven is heating up, spread your shrimp out on a baking pan, being careful not to overcrowd them. Once your oven has come up to the right temperature, cover your shrimp with foil and then put the pan in the oven for about 3 minutes. Once that time has passed, turn off the oven, but leave the shrimp in there for a couple more minutes to continue warming up.

How many calories are in sea island charbroiled shrimp?

This recipe yields three skewers with a combined calorie count of 660, with the majority (73.6%) coming from fat. Each skewer contains 18 grams of fat, 60 milligrams of cholesterol, and 550 milligrams of sodium. The carbohydrate count is low at 9 grams with no dietary fiber, but each skewer provides 6 grams of protein. The source of this recipe is from the Sea Island/Express-News files.

How do you cook frozen shrimp on the stove?

When working with frozen shrimp, ensure to defrost them entirely before commencing with the recipe. Afterward, dry the shrimp by patting them with a paper towel and then coat them thoroughly in a blend of minced garlic and salt. Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a spacious skillet and introduce the shrimp to it. Cook them for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side, flipping them with tongs, until they become fully cooked and appear opaque. This step will give the shrimp an appetizing garlic flavor that will make it more scrumptious.

What goes good with shrimp kabobs?

For a well-rounded meal at your party, consider serving a couple of tasty options that will complement each other. One idea is to serve a simple and refreshing salad, such as an Arugula Salad or Spinach Strawberry Salad. Additionally, providing extra skewers of grilled veggies can add flavor and texture to your spread. To round out the meal, it’s always great to have a grain option, and I recommend brown rice as an excellent whole grain option. However, for those watching their carb intake, serving cauliflower rice is a great alternative that will still keep the meal filling and nutritious.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Sea Island Charbroiled Shrimp Recipe is a showstopper that will leave your guests impressed and craving more. It’s seasoned with just the right amount of lemon pepper and butter to bring out the juicy flavors of shrimp. This recipe is versatile as it allows for substitutions and variations such as island style grilled shrimp or spicy diablo fish breading. It’s perfect for any occasion whether you are hosting a seafood platter for a large group or simply enjoying dinner with your family.

Additionally, you can save time by preparing the shrimp ahead of time and storing them in the fridge for up to 3 days without compromising their taste. You can also freeze them for longer term storage. Moreover, this recipe has proven to be a crowd pleaser with only 220 calories per skewer.

Finally, I would like to emphasize that this recipe is easy to follow, but it requires attention to detail to achieve perfect results. Use high-quality ingredients such as fresh shrimp and minced garlic, and grill your shrimp for exactly 2-3 minutes per side on skewers that have been soaked in water beforehand. Serve with lemon wedges alongside pickled shrimp or garlic shrimp for an unforgettable seafood experience.

So why not take a culinary trip to Sea Island with this charbroiled shrimp recipe? Bon appétit!

Sea Island Charbroiled Shrimp

Sea Island Charbroiled Shrimp Recipe

Shared by Sea Island Shrimp House and printed in San Antonio Express News (April 6, 2011). Sea Island is the best seafood restaurant in San Antonio, Texas and Charbroiled Shrimp is the best dish on the menu.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern US
Servings 3 skewers
Calories 1102.3 kcal


  • 15 medium shrimp
  • 3 wooden skewers, soaked in cold water 20 minutes to prevent burning
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • lemon pepper, to taste
  • Lawry's Seasoned Salt, to taste
  • lemon wedge, for garnish


  • Prepare charcoal grill.
  • Peel and devein shrimp, rinse and pat dry.
  • Thread 5 shrimp onto each of 3 skewers, first pushing sharp end of skewer through large end of shrimp, then through tail.
  • Set aside.
  • Place bread crumbs on flat plate.
  • Combine vegetable oil and melted butter in flat bowl.
  • Put one skewer on bread crumbs, pressing lightly, then turn over and press crumbs on other side.
  • Dip each side into oil and butter mixture, then place on plate and sprinkle each side with lemon pepper and seasoned salt.
  • Repeat with remaining skewers.
  • Rub grill rack with oil-soaked paper towel to prevent sticking.
  • Grill shrimp about 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until done, basting with remaining butter mixture.
  • Serve with lemon wedges.
  • Makes 3 skewers, each 220 calories (73.6 percent calories from fat), 18 g fat, 60 mg cholesterol, 550 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrates, 0 g dietary fiber, 6 g protein.
  • Source: Sea Island/Express-News files.

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Serving: 84gCalories: 1102.3kcalCarbohydrates: 38.9gProtein: 7.7gFat: 103.4gSaturated Fat: 36.9gCholesterol: 122.1mgSodium: 800.8mgFiber: 2.4gSugar: 3.4g
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