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Emeril's Lemon-Herb Grilled Shrimp


This shrimp recipe from Emeril Legasse is super simple and comes together easily -- the lemon juice and herbs really put it over the top. Serve with corn on the cob, grilled vegetables, or a rice pilaf.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, May 2009


  • 1 1/2 pounds large unpeeled shrimp
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 3 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for grill
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. Using a pair of kitchen shears or a paring knife, cut through shell along the back of each shrimp. Devein shrimp, leaving shells on.

  2. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Reserve 6 tablespoons lemon mixture for serving. Place shrimp and remaining lemon mixture in a resealable plastic bag; seal bag and shake to coat shrimp. Refrigerate 1 hour.

  3. Heat grill or grill pan to high. Clean and oil grill. Remove shrimp from marinade, wiping off excess. Grill until opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve shrimp drizzled with reserved lemon mixture.

Cook's Notes

As with all seafood, using the freshest product available will ensure the best results. Cooking the shrimp with the shells on makes them amazingly flavorful: Just peel and dig in at the table.

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  • Gordon Glover
    27 MAR, 2013
    My wife ordered this at our favorite restaurant and said it was the best shrimp she ever had. So I searched google and found this recipe...Wow she like this just as well and we used the leftover marinade to dip bread in. It was sooooo good. I will make many more times
  • lindsey247
    8 DEC, 2011
    Great recipe. It is delicious and it was simple to make. I didn't want to grill the shrimp so I broiled them in the oven and it came out just fine.
  • ginaedwards13
    23 APR, 2010
    This is a great recipe, and it's so easy to make. My husband requests it all the time.
  • Sinatramania
    20 APR, 2010
    We absolutely love this one! Is easy and yummy!
  • TinaLouise76
    24 JUN, 2009
    My family LOVES this recipe. It is super easy and soooo good! We have been eating it about once a week since I got the recipe!