These Grilled Curry Shrimp Skewers are marinated in yogurt and warm spices and then grilled to perfection. They're the perfect quick and easy dish for summer entertaining. Make them in just 30 minutes!
If you’re looking for a quick and easy dish for summer grilling, then I have just the recipe for you! My Grilled Curry Shrimp Skewers are perfect for the 4th of July or your next backyard barbecue.
I love this dish because it’s elegant enough to serve to company but is deceptively easy to make. And, the shrimp cook so fast- just a couple of minutes on each side and you’re done!
It’s a great dish for summer entertaining because who really wants to be slaving over a hot grill all day? Make these kebabs and you can spend your time relaxing with your guests, cocktail in hand!
How to Make Shrimp Skewers
- First, I marinate the shrimp in a yogurt-based marinade before throwing them on the grill. Yogurt is a key ingredient in marinades for many traditional Indian meat dishes like tandoori chicken. The yogurt not only infuses the food with flavor, it also helps keep it moist and acts as a tenderizer. Want to give it a try? Check out my Tandoori Chicken Kebabs recipe.
- For the base of my marinade, I use Greek yogurt mixed with a blend of Indian herbs and spices. The tangy yogurt nicely balances out the warm spices. Greek yogurt is also high in protein. Read my post all about the health benefits of Greek yogurt.
- I often like to make my own spice mixes. But for these shrimp kebabs, I use a store bought curry powder to save time. Curry powder is not a spice in and of itself but rather a spice blend. There are many different varieties of curry powder but they commonly include ingredients like turmeric (which gives it the characteristic yellow color), cumin, coriander, and fenugreek. In addition to curry powder, I also add some fresh ginger, garlic, cilantro and lemon juice to the marinade for an extra pop flavor.
- The shrimp only need to be marinated for 10-20 minutes, which is just enough time to fire up the grill and make a quick dipping sauce. For my Mango Dipping Sauce, I mix yogurt with store bought mango chutney. Just two ingredients- it doesn’t get much easier than that! The creamy, sweet sauce is the perfect compliment to the aromatic spices in the shrimp.
- When you’re ready to grill, simply thread the shrimp onto some skewers and toss them on the grill. After a few minutes on each side, the shrimp kebabs are ready to be served! In addition to the dipping sauce, I like to serve the kebabs with lemon wedges so that everyone can squeeze some fresh lemon juice on just before devouring them.
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Coconut Curry Shrimp Kebabs
- 1 container (5.3 oz) plain Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 2 teaspoons grated or minced ginger
- 2 teaspoons grated or minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ cup cilantro chopped
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 pound large shrimp (21/25), peeled and deveined with tails left on
Mango Dipping Sauce:
- 1 container (5.3 oz) plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup store bought mango chutney
- Optional: Lemon wedges for serving
- To make the marinade, whisk the yogurt, curry powder, ginger, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, cilantro, and salt together in a bowl or shallow dish. Add the shrimp and toss to combine. Marinate 10-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the sauce by stirring the yogurt and mango chutney together in a small bowl.
- When ready to grill, heat a grill pan over medium high heat. Thread the shrimp onto metal or wooden skewers (about 3 shrimp per skewer). Grill the kebabs 2-3 minutes on each side until shrimp are cooked through. Serve with mango dipping sauce and lemon wedges on the side.
Kristy from Southern In Law says
Oooh, I need to make this for Jesse and my parents - I know it would be a HUGE hit!
AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon says
I love shrimp! Perfect time for a kebob too!
Such delicious looking shrimp! The mango sauce looks good, too.
Beverley Press says
Another delicious recipe and I so happy the have Skyr here too! Happy 4th of July xoxo
Lisa @ NatureImmerse says
Try this Thai shrimp skewer recipe alongside quinoa and stir-fried broccoli or double or triple the recipe and serve the kebabs as a party appetizer.