The Meal Planner


This should really be renamed "Best, Most Delicious Grilled Shrimp Ever".  It is soooooo fantastic.  I couldn't stop eating it.  


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Serves 8


Marinade:
1/3 cup basil leaves, minced
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp liquid honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp ginger root, grated
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

2 lbs uncooked large or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (leave tails intact)
8 12-inch metal skewers


Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl.  Place shrimp in a large, heavy-duty resealable plastic bag.  Pour marinade over shrimp and seal bag.  Turn bag several times to coat shrimp with marinade.  Marinate in fridge for an hour.

Preheat grill to high.  Thread shrimp onto skewers (5 or 6 shrimp per skewer, depending on size of shrimp).  Discard marinade.  Brush grill rack lightly with oil.  Grill shrimp for about 2 minutes per side, just until shrimp turns pink and no gray remains.  Be careful not to overcook shrimp or they will be rubbery.  Serve.

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THE RESULTS?

Do yourself a favor and make this shrimp.  The marinade is wonderful, both tart from the lemon, fresh and earthy from the herbs and sweet from the balsamic and honey.  DANG!  It's a cinch to throw all the ingredients into a ziplock bag and while there is a one hour marinating time, once you grill them they take less than 5 minutes.  I served it with a rice pilaf (store-bought Uncle Ben's, thankyouverymuch) and some asparagus we threw on the grill along with the shrimp.  Super simple, super easy and friggin' tasty.


Meal Ideas:
  • Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp + Rice Pilaf + Grilled Vegetables

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2 Responses
  1. Me Says:

    Yup! Definitely one of my favs too.


  2. Kara Says:

    Just made this and my family of 1 husband and 4 children were wrestling for the last shrimp. AMAZING and so easy. Definitely going into the monthly menu rotation. :)