Spiced Shrimp and Tomato Kebabs


This is a perfect party dish because it’s so easy to assemble, and you can marinate and skewer the shrimp ahead of time. Slideshow: Kebab Recipes 

Spiced Shrimp and Tomato Kebabs
Photo: © John Kernick
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
10 1-course servings


  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced peeled ginger

  • 4 garlic cloves

  • 1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves

  • 2 tablespoons packed basil leaves

  • 1 tablespoon packed mint leaves

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

  • 40 large shrimp (about 2 pounds), shelled and deveined

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes


  1. In a food processor, combine the ginger with the garlic, cilantro, basil, mint, cayenne, paprika, lime juice, honey, salt and the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and puree. Scrape the marinade into a large bowl, add the shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 4 hours.

  2. Thread the shrimp and tomatoes onto skewers.

  3. Light a grill and oil the grates. Grill the skewers over high heat, turning once, until the shrimp are lightly charred and cooked through and the tomatoes are just beginning to burst, about 6 minutes. Serve right away.

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