Summer on a Stick

by Jul 14, 2021Food & Drink, North Brunswick, Recipes

Skewers loaded with fresh shrimp and pineapple and a tasty Asian marinade make for a tasty summer meal on the grill.

This sweet, light and citrusy recipe was originally inspired by a trip my spouse and I took to Charleston before COVID. At one restaurant we really enjoyed, I ordered this dish of shrimp and pineapple skewers over jasmine rice. The plate brought to our table and was colorful and fragrant, and I knew I was going to love it. I had never eaten much jasmine rice, but the sweet, nutty flavor went perfectly with the shrimp and pineapple.

Back home, I knew I had to try and re-create the flavors of that dish and take us back to the feeling of water spraying from the Pineapple Fountain in downtown Charleston.

During the summer months, we cook almost every meal on the grill. It is a great time to enjoy the weather, a cold brew and a few friends, and there is virtually no clean up. I find that skewered recipes are among the simplest for the grill, and the results are consistently delicious. Shrimp skewers are especially easy and super versatile. Because shrimp are mild, they pair well with just about any marinade, vegetable or fruit. Be sure to seek out local shrimp from your local fish market for the best flavor.

This recipe is so delicious because of the marinade. It has an Asian flair mixed with a little Southern touch. The dish we had in Charleston had a bit of heat to it, but as I am not as keen on spicy foods, this recipe does not. If you like the spiciness, feel free to add Tabasco or a bit of wasabi to the marinade.

This recipe is perfect for summer grilling. I hope you like my version.

Photography by James Stefiuk

Print Recipe
Pineapple Shrimp Skewers
Skewers loaded with fresh shrimp and pineapple and a tasty Asian marinade make for a tasty summer meal on the grill.
Shrimp Skewers
Course Main Dish
Keyword pineapple, shrimp
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Keyword pineapple, shrimp
Servings
people
Ingredients
Shrimp Skewers
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and pineapple juice. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and place in the refrigerator to marinate 1 to 2 hours.
  2. If using wooden skewers, soak in water while the shrimp marinates.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium/high heat.
  4. Remove the shrimp from the marinade but reserve the marinade to brush on while grilling. The marinade may have separated so you may have to whisk it again.
  5. Thread the shrimp onto the skewers, alternating the pineapple and pepper chunks between. You should have about 8 skewers in total.
  6. Place the skewers on the grill and brush with the marinade. Leave the grill open and after about 3 minutes flip the skewers and brush with the marinade again grilling for another 3 minutes.
  7. Pile warm jasmine rice on a serving plate. Layer the skewers atop the rice. Garnish with sesame seeds and lemon wedges.

Sponsored by ATMC

Sponsored by H2GO
Sponsored by Triad Power Wash
Sponsored by Brunswick Forest