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Cilantro-Lime Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers

May 13, 2011

Summer barbeques are the absolute best idea ever created. Between the tantalizing aroma of the charcoals burning, fun spread of light and delicious appetizers, and warm weather to pull it all together; no other type of party trumps barbeques. Especially with a group of your closest friends who you only see a few times a year.

Last night I invited over a bunch of friends to reunite and share semester stories over good food and some wine.  It was a loose potluck dinner, and I supplied the main grilled event: cilantro-lime shrimp and pineapple grilled skewers. They were such a hit, as skewers often are at parties. Easy to cook, quick cleanup, and you can eat a boatload without even realizing it.

I purchased frozen shrimp  because they were cheaper and I had time to thaw and peel them. A bag of about 70 seemed to cover about 9 people well. I thawed them under cold water and peeled off the tail and outer shells. Kind of gross looking and time consuming, but very necessary.

The marinade, which I let the shrimp sit in for about 3-4 hours consisted of:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup plum sauce

2 cloves of garlic, minced

tsp cayenne

tsp cumin

juice and zest from 1 lime

a bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped

In they went for the afternoon while I prepped my other appetizer (post coming soon). About 20 minutes before everyone started to arrive I began to string (skew?) the pineapple and shrimp onto the skewers. My hands will smell of shrimpy garlic for days, but the outcome is beyond worth it!

On a hot grill (you may also be able to broil them in the oven or use a grill pan), cook the skewers for about 2 minutes on each side, until slightly charred. Serve hot with slices of lime. Addicting, spicy, sweet. They were gone in minutes flat!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Sasha Snowchild permalink
    May 19, 2011 11:36 pm

    hi katie! i, too, love finding creative uses for pineapple! just yesterday, I was inspired by a cooking show to try pineapple on my burgers, which was even tastier than it sounds. i really recommend that everyone try it at least once.

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