Grilled shrimp and pineapple skewers are a delightful and easy-to-make dish that's perfect for a griddle. Here's a simple recipe for these tasty skewers:
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks (about 1-inch in size)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Wooden skewers (soaked in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent burning)
- Fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish (optional)
Preheat the Griddle: Preheat your griddle to medium-high heat (around 375-400°F or 190-200°C).
Marinate the Shrimp: In a mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, minced garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Mix well. Add the peeled and deveined shrimp to the marinade, coating them evenly. Allow the shrimp to marinate for about 15-20 minutes.
Assemble the Skewers:
- Thread the marinated shrimp and pineapple chunks alternately onto the soaked wooden skewers. Leave some space between each piece to ensure even cooking.
Grill the Skewers: Place the shrimp and pineapple skewers on the preheated griddle. Allow them to cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the shrimp turn pink and slightly charred, and the pineapple begins to caramelize.
Baste with Remaining Marinade: Occasionally brush the skewers with any remaining marinade to infuse more flavor and moisture into the shrimp and pineapple as they cook.
Check for Doneness: Ensure that the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. They should no longer be translucent in the center.
Garnish and Serve:
- Remove the skewers from the griddle and garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley if desired.
- Serve the grilled shrimp and pineapple skewers hot as an appetizer, a main course, or as part of a tropical-themed meal.
These skewers are delicious on their own or served over rice, a bed of mixed greens, or with a dipping sauce of your choice, such as a sweet chili sauce or a simple garlic lemon aioli. Enjoy your flavorful and satisfying grilled shrimp and pineapple skewers!