Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

What’s more fun than having some good friends over in the summertime and enjoying good food?  I don’t know about you, but I happen to really, really like shrimp.  And I’ve been really, really craving it lately.  This recipe is quick and easy, so that makes it a perfect appetizer on a hot day!  I found the recipe in Food Network Kitchens Favorite Recipes.  Yum!

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Oil or melted butter for grilling
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2 cups packed fresh cilantro (leaves and some stems)
  • 1 cup packed fresh parsley (leaves and some stems)
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup EVOO
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper


  • Preheat a grill pan on medium-high.  Toss shrimp with just enough oil or butter to coat lightly, then season with salt and pepper to taste.  Grill shrimp until they just curl and are translucent, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side.  Squeeze lime juice over the shrimp and serve warm or at room temperature with dip.
  • For the pesto, combine the cilantro, parsley, almonds, and garlic in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.  Add about 1/3 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth.  Add the salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper.  Serve immediately with the grilled shrimp.

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