These grilled Tandoori Shrimp skewers are so tasty you are going to think that you have traveled to India for dinner. Marinated in creamy yogurt with a traditional spice blend, they are sure to become a family favorite. Cooked over a hot grill, it only takes a few minutes, and it’s so easy. You can have these wonderful shrimp on your family’s dinner plates in no time!
These tasty little crustaceans are great any time. They are so easy to cook with and pair so well with all sorts of big, bold flavors!
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You can serve the tandoori shrimp on its own. But if you arrange the shrimp on some warmed naan bread with a drizzle of lemon juice and chopped parsley or coriander, it is close to perfection. Or if you prefer serving the grilled tandoori shrimp on a bed of rice with a side salad, and dinner is complete!
Is tandoori sauce spicy?
Is tandoori sauce spicy? The short answer is that depends. Generally, the tandoori sauce is mild in spice, with a creamy curry flavor. That said, it can be a little spicy, and sometimes it can be really spicy! It all depends upon who is making the tandoori. Most store-bought tandoori sauces are not too spicy, generally speaking.
Simple ingredients, and you may have most of them already in your pantry. Get nice-sized good quality shrimp; then these skewers will be the best.
Garam masala is an Indian spice and made up of a blend of spices. Commonly it is a mixture of cinnamon, mace, peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and cardamom pods. They are then toasted to bring out their flavors and then ground to a powder. This spice mix should be readily available at your local grocery store.
- Extra-large shrimp (26-30 count)
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Garam masala
- Fresh ginger
- Lemon juice
- Kosher salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- Chili flakes
- Parsley or coriander
- Lemon wedges
How to make Grilled Tandoori Shrimp Skewers
Make sure that your shrimp are thawed and are both peeled and deveined. Some people like to have the tails left on, and some like to have them removed. That is totally up to you.
Start by making the tandoori marinade. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, garam masala, ginger, garlic, turmeric, paprika, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Also, add the chili flakes if desired. Pour the marinade over the shrimp and gently stir until all the shrimp are well coated. Let the shrimp marinate for 30 minutes. Soak the bamboo skewers in water for at least 1 hour before you use them. This will help to prevent them from burning.
Preheat your grill to medium-hot. Start to thread the shrimp onto your wooden skewers. Put 3 – 4 shrimp on each skewer depending upon the size of the shrimp. Lay them all out on a baking sheet; now you are ready to cook them.
Place the shrimp on the preheated grill and cook for 2 – 3 minutes on each side. You want to see nice grill marks on each side. The shrimp are cooked when they have turned pink and are slightly opaque.
Remove the shrimp from the grill when they are fully cooked. You should serve them while they are still warm.
How to serve grilled tandoori shrimp
Naan bread is a traditional Indian bread and is perfect to serve with these wonderful grilled tandoori shrimp. The bread is soft and pillowy, perfect for wrapping around the grilled shrimp.
You could also serve these grilled tandoori shrimp on a bed of rice. I like the taste of basmati rice. It has a slightly nutty flavor and pairs very well with the tandoori flavors of the grilled shrimp.
For a dipping sauce, maybe try simple cucumber raita. It would pair beautifully with the spiced shrimps. Mix Greek yogurt with some finely sliced cucumbers (seeds removed), chopped cilantro or mint, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and enjoy!
Any way you serve them, I know you are going to love the flavors. The ease of prep and cooking also makes this a great weekday dinner choice!
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- 800 gr extra-large shrimps (26 - 30 count), thawed, peeled and deveined, (tails intact if desired)
- 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tbsp turmeric
- 1/2 tbsp paprika powder
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 tsp Kosher salt or to taste
- 1 tsp fresh ground pepper or to taste
- Pinch of chili flakes (optional)
- A sprig of coriander for garnish (optional)
- Lemon wedges (optional)
- 10 to 13 bamboo skewers (or as needed), pre-soaked in water for at least 1 hour
- Place thawed shrimps in a large bowl. Ensure they are peeled, deveined, and set aside.
- In a small bowl, make the marinade. Combine Greek yogurt, all the spices, salt, and pepper, and mix well until fully combined.
- Pour the marinade into the bowl of shrimp and mix until all the shrimps are coated, and let sit in the marinade for 30 minutes. Using your hand to mix is recommended.
- Preheat the grill while shrimps are marinating.
- Thread the shrimps onto the bamboo skewers, 3 or 4 shrimps per skewer, depending on the size of shrimp and length of the skewer.
- Place the shrimps on the grill and cook 2-3 minutes per side. Shrimps are cooked when they turned pink and opaque.
- Serve immediately with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges as garnish.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 283mgSodium: 1510mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 34g
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