Neil Perry likes to use this marinade—a zesty combination of garlic, ginger, lemon zest, crushed red pepper and fresh herbs—to marinate all kinds of seafood, but shrimp is a favorite. When the weather is pleasant, he grills the shrimp outside; when it's cooler out, he opts to broil the shrimp in his oven. More Grilled Shrimp Dishes

Neil Perry
October 2007


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25 mins
1 hr 25 mins


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  • Using kitchen scissors, cut down the back of each shrimp through the shell and halfway through the meat. Remove the dark veins and transfer the shrimp in their shells to a large bowl.

  • In a mortar or food processor, crush the garlic, ginger, oregano, sage, cilantro, crushed red pepper and lemon zest with 1 teaspoon of kosher salt until a coarse paste forms. Stir in the 1/2 cup of olive oil. Pour the mixture over the shrimp and toss to coat thoroughly. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

  • Light a grill. Grill the shrimp over moderately high heat, turning once, until white throughout, about 4 minutes. Transfer the grilled shrimp to plates. Squeeze the lemon halves over the shrimp, drizzle with olive oil, season lightly with salt and pepper and serve at once.

Suggested Pairing

Australian Riesling, with its dry intensity and citrus acidity, is a great partner for shellfish.