Summer on a Stick
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.