Fire up the grill and toss your shrimp in everything from spicy harissa to savory-tangy miso butter.
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Grilled Shrimp with Miso Butter
Credit: © Christina Holmes

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

Grilled Shrimp and Lettuces with Charred Green Goddess Dressing Recipe
Credit: Eric Wolfinger

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.

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Miso butter

Grilled Shrimp with Miso Butter
Credit: © Christina Holmes

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

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Oregano and lemon

Grilled Shrimp with Oregano and Lemon. Photo © John Kernick
Credit: © John Kernick

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

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Pesto

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

Harissa

Peel-and-Eat Grilled Shrimp with Harissa
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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.

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Aioli

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

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Romesco

Grilled Shrimp with Cocoa-Nib Romesco Sauce
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Spain's sauce of roasted peppers, almonds, and garlic is a natural with grilled shrimp. Serve a basic version or add cocoa nibs.

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Chile and sweetened condensed milk

Grilled Shrimp with Green-Chile Condensed Milk Sauce
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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.