8 Sauces for Grilled Shrimp

Fire up the grill and toss your shrimp in everything from spicy harissa to savory-tangy miso butter.

Grilled Shrimp with Miso Butter
Photo: © 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
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.

Miso butter

Grilled Shrimp with Miso Butter
© Christina Holmes

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

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


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


Peel-and-Eat Grilled Shrimp with Harissa
© Christina Holmes

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.


Shrimp Cakes
© Con Poulos

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


Grilled Shrimp with Cocoa-Nib Romesco Sauce
© Edmund Barr

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

Grilled Shrimp with Green-Chile Condensed Milk Sauce
Photo by Eva Kolenko / Food Styling by Carrie Purcell / Prop Styling by Jillian Knox

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.

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.

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