The secret ingredient in these quick and tangy grilled shrimp skewers is orange-juice concentrate, which brings a sweet-tart intensity to the basting mixture that is balanced out by savory onion, sharp pickled jalapeños, and earthy thyme.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2020


Credit: Christopher Testani

Recipe Summary

30 mins
40 mins


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  • Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Add onion, garlic, and thyme; season with salt. Cook until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Add orange concentrate and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then cook until syrupy and reduced to a scant 1 cup, 8 to 10 minutes. Add vinegar and jalapeños; cook 1 minute. Let cool 10 minutes. Set aside 1/4 cup glaze for serving.

  • If using wooden skewers, first soak in water 30 minutes, then drain (to prevent burning). Lay 6 shrimp side by side; slide a skewer through head ends to secure together. Thread a second skewer through tail ends. Spread shrimp slightly so there are small gaps between them. Repeat with remaining shrimp.

  • Preheat grill to high; brush grates with oil. Grill bread, flipping once, just until lightly charred and crisp in places, 1 to 2 minutes total. Transfer to a platter or board; brush with oil.

  • Brush shrimp with half of remaining glaze and grill, turning once, until opaque and almost cooked through, about 3 minutes. Brush with more glaze, turning a few times to caramelize, until just cooked through, about 1 minute more. Remove from grill and brush with some of reserved glaze. Serve over grilled bread, with remaining reserved glaze on the side.