Since grilled shrimp cooks in mere minutes, spend a little time making a spectacular sauce to toss with them or serve alongside.

September 05, 2015

Since grilled shrimp cooks in mere minutes, spend a little time making a spectacular sauce to toss with them or serve alongside.

1. Shrimp butter
Blend shrimp paste and lime juice with butter for a Malaysian-inspired take on grilled shrimp.

2. Miso butter
Mix butter with miso, lemon zest and juice, and scallions for a savory-tangy sauce you can toss with shrimp post grilling.

3. Oregano and lemon
For Mediterranean-style shrimp, chop together capers, oregano and garlic, then blend in olive oil and lemon juice to serve at the table.

4. Pesto
Forget that rule about mixing cheese with seafood. Make a lemony pesto, enriched with Parmigiano-Reggiano, to serve with grilled shrimp. 

5. Harissa
Toss shell-on shrimp with the North African–style chile paste known as harissa soon after it’s grilled and serve with lime wedges; let people peel and eat at the table. Or, make an herby green version of the spicy paste and use as both a marinade and a dipping sauce.

6. Aioli
Doctor aioli (or a cheater version with store-bought mayo) with citrus zest and serve with shrimp for dipping.

7. Mango salsa
Make a sweet and spicy salsa with ripe mangoes, lime, Thai chile and ginger to serve over grilled shrimp. 

8. Romesco
Spain’s sauce of roasted peppers, almonds and garlic is a natural with grilled shrimp. Serve a basic version or add cocoa nibs!

Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and author of the forthcoming The Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016) and the blog Eat Better, Drink Better. She is also the co-founder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.

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