Citrus Basil Shrimp Kebabs

Serves 4 as an appetizer, or part of a meal

Chicken is our family’s go-to protein quite often, but shrimp are a close second.  Besides being delicious and infinitely adaptable, they cook really quickly, and when it’s hot out (or more than hot, when it feels like you have crawled into the mouth of some prehistoric reptile), that is a substantial added-value.


These Citrus Basil Shrimp Kebabs are so fast, so simple, and so fresh tasting.  And you should keep this marinade in mind for chicken as well.  Try other herbs in place of the basil, like oregano or tarragon or chives (you can also give them a sprinkle of fresh herbs at the end).  Serve with simple sautéed spring greens in the spring, or Sauteed Kale and Brussels Sprouts with Bacon in the fall.

If you’re in a kebabing frame of mind check out Chicken Tender Skewers with Spiced Curry Rub and Scallop and Pancetta Kebabs with Balsamic Glaze.

Citrus Basil Shrimp Kebabs


  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon grated fresh orange zest
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined jumbo shrimp

1. Soak 8 8- to 12-inch wooden skewers in water to cover for at least 30 minutes.

2. In a large bowl or plastic container, mix together the orange juice, lemon or lime juice, orange zest, garlic, olive oil, basil, and salt and pepper until well blended.  Add the shrimp and toss in the mixture to coat.  Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, or refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

3. Preheat the broiler or grill.  Skewer the shrimp, dividing them evenly between the skewers. Discard any remaining marinade.  Broil or grill for about 6 minutes total, turning as they brown, until they are just cooked throughout.

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One thought on “Citrus Basil Shrimp Kebabs”

  1. Sally says:

    I love citrus and I love shrimp. When I go to the store tomorrow I’ll get an orange and make a variation of this (no grill).

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