about 20, wild medium size shrimp (Peeled & De-veined)
7 x 8′ wooden skewers

“cilantro pesto”

Cilantro Pesto Recipe:
Makes 2 cups

2 bunches organic cilantro – packed
2 cups organic baby spinach – packed
1 organic lemon – zested
1/2 organic lemon – juiced
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts – toast in a dry heated saute pan for 3-4 minutes stirring periodically until browned
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups organic olive oil
sea salt and fresh ground pepper for taste


Add all pesto ingredients in a food processor, except for olive oil. Blend and gradually pour in olive oil. Season with about ¼ tsp. sea salt and ¼ tsp. fresh ground pepper. Done.


Soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 2 hours. This will help prevent them from going up in flames when they hit the grill.

Toss the shrimp in about half of the cilantro pesto sauce and put aside the other half for later.
I prefer to marinate the shrimp in the pesto sauce first for at least 2 hours in the fridge, but you do not have to.

Once marinated, skewer 3 shrimp on each skewer. You can of course use larger metal skewers if you prefer. The skewers are really only for cooking purposes so you don’t end up loosing some shrimp on the grill.

On a preheated hot grill, sear each skewer for 2 minutes each side until shrimp turn opaque and are firm to the touch.

Remove shrimp from grill and serve on (or off) skewer with drizzled pesto on top. Perfectly paired with chicken or fish and field greens salad.


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4 Comments to “Cilantro Pesto Grilled Shrimp”

  • Sounds fantastic, thanks for posting! Can’t wait to try this weekend! Think it would work to make & marinade the night before to save on time the next day or would that be too long?

    • Making them and keeping them in the fridge the day before would be fine. Keep in an air tight glass container! :)

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  • Hi, would this recipe work in the oven as well? Thanks!!!

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