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Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers

This Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewer recipe is perfect for an easy appetizer, midweek dinner, or summer BBQ!

Makes 5 ( 4 jumbo cooked shrimp) skewers or roughly 20 jumbo shrimp  

What ingredients do I need to make these Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers?

  • Jumbo shrimp- raw, peeled, and deveined. If you’re not a shrimp fan-try substituting the shrimp for chucks of chicken breast. 
  • Fresh basil leaves- chopped.
  • Garlic clove -or you can use jarred minced garlic. 
  • Parmesan– grated. I like to use the fresh grated Parmesan that you find near the deli. 
  • Lemon juice – fresh is best, from about 1 lemon. 
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh pepper-to taste

Can I use store bought pesto instead?

Sure, you could substitute the homemade pesto for store bought pesto.

Please keep in mind the point value would be different depending on the brand of pesto you use. 

You’ll need 1/3 cup of pesto for this recipe.  

What can I add to these Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers?

  • Cherry tomatotes
  • Zucchini, cubed 
  • Squash, cubed 

How do I make these Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers?

If you’re using frozen shrimp be sure to thaw the shrimp completely.

Pat the shrimp dry and season with salt and pepper. 

Combine basil, garlic, parmesan cheese into a blender or food processor and pulse.

I love and use the Ninja Food Processor. Click HERE to check it out. 

Slowly add the lemon juice, water and olive oil while or in between pulsing. Add more water if the pesto sauce needs to be thinned out.

Continue pulsing until smooth,

In a large mixing bowl combine raw shrimp with basil pesto and marinate for at least 30 minutes in the fridge. 

If using wooden skewers soak them in water at least 20 minutes (or you can use metal ones to avoid this step).

Thread shrimp onto skewers. About 4-6 shrimp per skewer, depending on the length of skewer.

Spray the grates of an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan with non stick cooking spray and heat over medium-low heat until hot.

Place the shrimp on the preheated grill and cook until shrimp turns pink on the bottom, about 3 minutes.

Turn and continue cooking until shrimp is opaque and cooked through, for about 3 minutes.

Remove from grill. Serve with your favorite veggies, salad, or over rice or cauliflower rice. 

Wrap the shrimp tightly with plastic or place it in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

 

Ingredients: 

  • 20 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice, fresh is best, from about 1 lemon. 
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. If you’re using frozen shrimp be sure to thaw the shrimp completely.
  2. Pat the shrimp dry and season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Combine basil, garlic, parmesan cheese into a blender or food processor and pulse.
  4. Slowly add the lemon juice, water and olive oil while or in between pulsing. Add more water if the pesto sauce needs to be thinned out. Continue pulsing until smooth, 
  5. In a large mixing bowl combine raw shrimp with pesto and marinate for at least 30 minutes in the fridge. 
  6. If using wooden skewers soak them in water at least 20 minutes (or you can use metal skewers to avoid this step).
  7. Thread shrimp onto skewers. About 4-6 shrimp per skewer, depending on the length of skewer.
  8. Spray the grates of a outdoor grill or indoor grill pan with non stick cooking spray and heat over medium-low heat until hot. 
  9. Place the shrimp on the preheated grill and cook until shrimp turns pink on the bottom, about 3 minutes; turn and continue cooking until shrimp is opaque and cooked through, for about 3 minutes.
  10. Remove from grill.
  11. Serve with your favorite steamed or roasted veggies, over rice or cauliflower rice, for additional points. 

Makes 5 ( 4 jumbo cooked shrimp) skewers or roughly 20 jumbo shrimp  

2-3 PersonalPoints™ per serving* (4 jumbo shrimp)

*This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan.

How do I know how many points this is on my WW individualized plan? 

You can click the link below to go to the recipe builder. You’ll first need to sign into your WW account and then the recipe builder will upload. Enter the name of recipe, the number of servings, and edit any ingredient that you use that are different. The recipe builder is the most accurate way to create, obtain, and track the Personal Points on your individualized plan. 

*The recipe builder link only works for WW members located in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, you’ll need to access the WW app manually to create the recipe in the recipe builder. 

Authors Notes:

  • Wrap the shrimp tightly with plastic or place it in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • When ready to eat: you can reheat briefly in the microwave or air fryer or eat cold in a salad since the shrimp is already cooked 
Yield: 20

Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers

Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers

This Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewer recipe is perfect for an easy appetizer, midweek dinner, or summer BBQ!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 41 minutes

Ingredients

  • 20 jumbo shrimp, raw, peeled, and deveined
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice, fresh is best, from about 1 lemon. 
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste

Instructions

    1. If you’re using frozen shrimp be sure to thaw the shrimp completely.
    2. Pat the shrimp dry and season with salt and pepper. 
    3. Combine basil, garlic, parmesan cheese into a blender or food processor and pulse.
    4. Slowly add the lemon juice, water and olive oil while or in between pulsing. Add more water if the pesto sauce needs to be thinned out. Continue pulsing until smooth, 
    5. In a large mixing bowl combine raw shrimp with pesto and marinate for at least 30 minutes in the fridge. 
    6. If using wooden skewers soak them in water at least 20 minutes (or you can use metal ones to avoid this step).
    7. Thread shrimp onto skewers. About 4-6 shrimp per skewer, depending on the length of skewer.
    8. Spray the grates of a outdoor grill or indoor grill pan with non stick cooking spray and heat over medium-low heat until hot. 
    9. Place the shrimp on the preheated grill and cook until shrimp turns pink on the bottom, about 3 minutes; turn and continue cooking until shrimp is opaque and cooked through, for about 3 minutes.
    10. Remove from grill.
    11. Serve with your favorite steamed or roasted veggies, over rice or cauliflower rice, if desired. 


    Servings: Makes 5 ( 4 jumbo cooked shrimp) skewers or roughly 20 jumbo shrimp  


    2-3 PersonalPoints™ per serving* ( 4 jumbo shrimp)

    *This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan. If the number is Zero, that means the recipe is packed with ZeroPoint™ foods that you don't have to count!

Notes

    • Wrap the shrimp tightly with plastic or place it in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to eat: you can reheat briefly in the microwave or air fryer or eat cold in a salad since the shrimp is already cooked.
    •  Smartpoints: GREEN: 4 shrimp 2 smartpoints, 6 shrimp for 3 smartpoints, 8 shrimp for 4 smartpoints BLUE/PURPLE: 3 shrimp for 1 point, 4 shrimp for 2 points, 6 shrimp for 2 points or 8 shrimp for 3 points

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 21Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

Do not use the WW nutritional calculator to calculate points. The nutritional calculator does take zero point food ingredients into consideration and will not be accurate. Personal Point values and nutritional information are estimated and calculated using the brand of ingredients listed in the recipe. PersonalPoints values may vary depending on the brand of ingredients used and depending on your customized zero point foods list. To accurately calculate the Personal Point value on a recipe you will need to enter the ingredients in the WW app recipe builder by going to the top bar in your WW App and selecting “My Foods” then when you are in my foods select “Recipes” then click “Create” in top corner, this is where you will build the recipe, give it a name, select how many servings it makes and then add all ingredients.

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