This grilled shrimp has a wonderful smokey flavor. The marinade is quick and simple to put together. It just needs a couple hours to marinate with the shrimp to bring out the wonderful flavors.
Shrimp serves as an excellent source of lean protein. Each 6-ounce portion provides 39 grams of protein -- a significant amount toward the 46 grams recommended daily for women and 56 grams for men. Loaded with protein, vitamin D, vitamin B3, and zinc, shrimp are an excellent, carbohydrate-free food. Shrimp also contains 165.8mg of cholesterol per serving, over half the recommended limit of 300mg per day. However, shrimp also contains omega-3, a fatty acid that could help prevent or reduce your risks for heart disease and other health conditions, such as diabetes.
Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Lightly oil grill grate, and place about 4 inches from heat source. Remove shrimp from marinade, drain excess, and discard marinade. Place shrimp on preheated grill and cook, turning once, until opaque in the center, 5 to 6 minutes. Keep a close eye on the cooking process, shrimp can overcook quickly. Serve immediately.
2 teaspoons ground smoked paprika
2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
2 pounds large shrimp (21-25 per pound), peeled and deveined
1. Whisk the paprika, garlic, Italian seasoning, lemon juice, olive oil, pepper, and basil together in a bowl until thoroughly blended. Stir in the shrimp, and toss to evenly coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, turning once.
2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Lightly oil grill grate, and place about 4 inches from heat source.
3. Remove shrimp from marinade, drain excess, and discard marinade.
4. Place shrimp on preheated grill and cook, turning once, until opaque in the center, 5 to 6 minutes. Serve immediately.