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Grilled Thai Shrimp with Garlic Sauce Recipe

by Jeanette on July 22, 2013 · 19 Comments
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Succulent, sweet and salty, these Grilled Thai Shrimps with Garlic Sauce will surely impress your family and friends.

Grilled Thai Shrimp in the Shell with Garlic Sauce © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Have you noticed that I’ve been obsessed with Thai food lately?

Whenever I spot local shrimp, I pick up a pound. I’m a big believer in supporting local aquaculture and agriculture plus I like to know where my food is raised. Recently, on a whim, I decided to try grilling shrimp in the shell. Having never done this before, I was inclined to just throw the whole shrimps on the grill. Thankfully, I decided to take a few minutes to see if anyone on the internet had a better idea.

The Grilled Thai Shrimp with Garlic Sauce that I ended up making is based on a recipe I found for Grilled Garlic Shrimp with a few modifications to reduce the amount of sodium. So many Asian recipes I come across are extremely high in sodium – they use way more soy sauce than you need to get that savory flavor and saltiness. I halved the soy sauce and oyster sauce called for in the recipe and it was very flavorful.

Grilled Thai Shrimp in the Shell with Garlic Sauce © Jeanette's Healthy Living

The trick to grilling these shrimp is to butterfly them first. I used a paring knife to cut the shrimp lengthwise on the top side of the shrimp. I removed any veins and then pressed each shrimp flat. Then, I spooned some of the sauce on top and let the shrimp marinade for about 20 minutes.

These grilled shrimp only take a few minutes to cook through since they’re split in half and the sauce caramelizes as it cooks on the grill. The boys devoured these. These Grilled Thai Shrimps are so good, you’ll be licking your fingers afterwards. I had to stash a few away for one of my boys who came home later for dinner (food gets devoured very quickly in our home, especially when it’s a really good dinner).

Grilled Thai Shrimp with Garlic Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 4


  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp (I like white shrimp), shells on
  • Garlic Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Using a sharp knife, carefully butterfly shrimp, cutting shrimp through the shell (start just above the tail, and cut through the middle of the shrimp until you reach the end) and removing the vein. Flatten shrimp with the palm of your hand. The shrimps should lie flat.
  2. Mix Garlic Sauce ingredients together. Marinade shrimp in Garlic Sauce for 20 minutes. Lightly oil a large piece of aluminum foil. Place shrimp in a single layer on top of foil. Grill until just cooked through, flipping shrimp halfway through cooking, about 3-4 minutes per side.

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  1. you have a lovely health blog, recipes are darn good yet really healthier…this dish looks so gorgeous and is stunningly simple to make…HAVE A GOOD DAY! :-)

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Kumar – so glad you stopped by. Hope to see you around again soon. Really enjoyed seeing your Indian recipes today.

  2. I don’t think I have ever tried to grill shrimp – such a good idea to cut them in half – this sauce sounds so mouthwatering!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Sashi, it was my first time grilling shrimp in the shell – the kids loved eating with their fingers and the sauce is so good!

  3. Sweet and salty….I love the flavour combo! The shrimp must be very tasty.

  4. I love the spicy, sweet and salty flavors in these Thai shrimp, Jeanette! What a great summer meal!

  5. Love this! Thai food is my top 3 favorite cuisine yet I don’t cook it at home enough… Love the fish sauce, brown sugar, oyster sauce….all these seasonings…. make me drool. Saving in the to make list! :D

  6. Hi Jeanette Thanks for this shrimp recipe is this a gluten free recipe .I know the soy sauce I can find gluten free but what about oyster sauce (never had it before) again thanks.

    • Lisa, depending on the brand of oyster sauce, it should be gluten-free, but I would read the ingredient label carefully if you are celiac.

  7. I am pretty much always obsessed with thai food so I totally understand. The marinade for these shrimps sounds delicious!!

  8. Love Thai food! This shrimp and sauce sound wonderful!

  9. We’ve been grilling up A LOT of seafood these last few weeks and one of my favorites is shrimp. That garlic sauce sounds to-die-for!

  10. Thank you for this great post and recipe! We have been on a grill shrimp rampage this summer and this recipe will be next on our docket!!

  11. I love the tips, and that marinade sounds amazing.

  12. I’ve never tried grilling shrimp with the shells still on…I should try it!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Carolyn, it was my first time trying it. Keeping the shells is a great way to keep the shrimp moist and juicy.

  13. These look fabulous! On my dinner list this week

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