8 Sauces for Grilled Shrimp
Since grilled shrimp cooks in mere minutes, spend a little time making a spectacular sauce to toss with them or serve alongside.
Green goddess dressing
Throw parsley and scallions onto the grill to get a quick char before blending them into a smoky upgrade to a retro dressing that's great for your salad and shrimp.
Mix butter with miso, lemon zest and juice, and scallions for a savory-tangy sauce you can toss with shrimp post grilling.
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.
Forget that rule about mixing cheese with seafood. Make a lemony pesto, enriched with Parmigiano-Reggiano, to serve with grilled shrimp.
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.
Doctor aioli (or a cheater version with store-bought mayo) with citrus zest and serve with shrimp (or shrimp cakes) for dipping.
Spain's sauce of roasted peppers, almonds, and garlic is a natural with grilled shrimp. Serve a basic version or add cocoa nibs.
Chile and sweetened condensed milk
Try mixing Thai green chiles with sweetened condensed milk for a beguiling balance of fiery heat and creamy sweetness that serves as a perfect dipping sauce for your grilled shrimp.
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Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and author of The Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016). She is also the co-founder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.