Can you believe that summer is just around the corner? For some of you, it already feels like summer. I love grilling fish in the summer, it just feels right! My Grilled Blackened Shrimp Skewers are the perfect meal for a backyard barbecue or a quick weeknight meal. Delicious blackened seasoning coated over grilled shrimp is healthy and packed with bold flavors. This is a Weight Watchers friendly recipe and each serving is only 1 SmartPoint!
My husband and I are so excited to have our first spring/summer here in Indianapolis. We moved here last August but were so busy getting settled that we didn’t get to fully experience summer here. Now that it’s May, there is a free festival going on every weekend somewhere in the city. We live about a mile from the center of downtown, so we love riding our bikes anywhere we can. Just last weekend in the neighbor next to ours, there was a free music festival with tons of bands, local art, and food!
With the summer just around the corner, I always like to try and cook lighter meals. Grilling is one of my favorite ways to cook food in the warmer months. We don’t have an outdoor grill just yet, so when I grill I use my cast iron griddle/grill. This thing is awesome! I can use the griddle side to make pancakes, bacon, or veggie burgers and the grill side for pretty much anything. Shrimp is one of my favorite foods to make at home, mostly because it takes little time to make. I always have frozen shrimp on hand in case of an emergency dinner. Frozen shrimp are such a great thing to have on hand. No need to buy shrimp from the fish butcher in your grocery store, just buy the frozen bag of shrimp.
This recipe is so easy to follow and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish, which is kind of amazing. To start, soak 10 wooden skewers in a casserole dish (or large ziplock bag) for 10 minutes.
This recipe calls for homemade blackening seasoning. You can totally buy your own, but I recommend making your own! All the spices are staples in my spice cabinet and if I make extra seasoning, I just save the left over and use it on top of popcorn, roasted veggies, or potatoes. In a small bowl, mix smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, ground black pepper, ground white pepper, cayenne pepper, dried cumin, dried oregano, salt, and Cajun seasoning.
Add one pound of large, thawed, peeled and deveined shrimp to a ziplock bag plus olive oil and the homemade blackened seasonings. Shake the bag to coat the shrimp. Place 5 shrimp on each wooden skewer and set aside. Heat cast iron grill or indoor grill over high heat for 2 minutes. Brush olive oil over grill then add shrimp skewers. Cook on each side for 3 minutes.
Grilled Blackened Shrimp Skewers are the perfect meal for a backyard barbecue or a quick weeknight meal. Delicious blackened seasoning coated over grilled shrimp is healthy and packed with bold flavors. Made in under 30 minutes and perfect for a light dinner. I like to garnish with fresh parsley and serve with lemon wedges. Serve with baked fries or Garlic Mashed Cauliflower for the ultimate dinner! Only 3 grams of fat and 1 Weight Watchers SmartPoint for 10 shrimp!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!
For Grilled Blackened Shrimp Skewers, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials: