Grilled Teriyaki Sesame Shrimp uses fresh jumbo shrimp and a homemade teriyaki sauce. It’s perfect as an appetizer for outdoor entertaining or on its own over rice as a weeknight meal. This shrimp on a stick is finger-licking good!
Grilled Teriyaki Sesame Shrimp
Hi everyone, I am so excited to share this Grilled Teriyaki Sesame Shrimp recipe because it’s so tasty and satisfying. It’s perfect for a tempting appetizer for entertaining, game day, or as a main over rice or salad.
Since these tasty jumbo shrimp are made on the grill (or with a grill pan), they are slightly charred resulting in a caramelized flavor. There’s sweet flavor from the brown sugar, salty from the soy sauce, texture from the roasted sesame seeds, sour from the fresh lemon and lime juice (at serving) – these Grilled Teriyaki Sesame Shrimp skewers are so packed with flavor, you might want to think about making a double batch!
These definitely are a sticky type of food so don’t be surprised if you end up getting your hands messy and end up eating with your fingers!
I used black and white roasted sesame seeds in the photos, but you can use regular ones, if you want.
I suggest having lemon and/or lime wedges for spritzing on the shrimp when serving to add some zesty, citrus flavor.
If you do not have an outdoor grill or the weather isn’t cooperating, you can use a stove top grill pan so that you can enjoy this recipe year round.
I suggest using skewers, but it is certainly not required. If you do not have skewers handy, you can just grill them individually. The skewers only help to keep them together easier while grilling and so that you can flip them over easier.
How do you select the freshest shrimp?
Make sure you get the highest quality shrimp you can find, it does make a difference. For me, when I have seafood, it really has to be very fresh. Make sure to ask your fish monger where the shrimp comes from and try to get sustainably caught seafood and as local as possible.
These Grilled Teriyaki Sesame Shrimp are also great for serving over a fresh salad. I know you will enjoy these shrimp as much as we do for an appetizer for outdoor entertaining, or over rice or a salad for you weeknight meal!
- 1 - 2.5 lb jumbo shrimp, shelled, washed, cleaned
- 1 1/2 cups cold water
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1-2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 3 tbsp corn starch dissolved in 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- Roasted sesame seeds for serving, amount to taste
- 1 lemon, cut into wedges for serving
- 1 lime, cut into wedges for serving
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add brown sugar, water, soy sauce, garlic, dissolved corn starch, and sesame oil. Stir to combine. Stir while cooking until thick and bubbly (this should take only a few minutes). Remove from heat and allow to cook to room temperature. Divide the marinade/sauce into 2 equal parts in separate bowls. Add the shelled and cleaned shrimp to one and marinate for 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
- After the shrimp are done marinating, you can skewer the shrimp. 1 pound of shrimp should make four 9-inch skewers.
- Using an outdoor grill or a grill pan on the stove top, heat to medium heat. Cook the skewered shrimp for 5-6 minutes on each side, lower the heat if you notice burning.
- Use remaining sauce to drizzle over the top for serving and for dipping. Serve with lime and lemon wedges. Enjoy!
Home Chef Tips: 1) I suggest using skewers, but it is certainly not required. If you do not have skewers handy, you can just grill them individually. The skewers only help to keep them together easier while grilling and so that you can flip them over faster. 2) If you do not have an outdoor grill, you can use a stove top grill pan so that you can enjoy this recipe year round.
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