Shrimp on the Barbie (15-minute grilled shrimp dinner!)

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Ready for something awesome to come off the grill? This shrimp on the barbie is an easy and quick grilled shrimp recipe for summer.

plate of grilled shrimp

I’m sorry, but I did grow up in the era of Crocodile Dundee. I really can’t think or talk about shrimp without hearing Paul Hogan’s voice yapping about a barbecue. What can I say? I’m a child of the 80’s.

I’ve found that shrimp is hit or miss in terms of good deals. You gotta keep your eyes open. When you see a deal ($5 or less/pound in these here parts), grab it and run. Buy enough to stash in the freezer for a few months.  If you see a deal — or just want to splurge, be sure to make this grilled shrimp dish.

FishPapa, upon first trying this dish, said, “What did you put on this shrimp?” My confident reply was, “Awesome sauce.” He honestly couldn’t disagree with me. The simple flavors of the spice mixture complement the smoky shrimp perfectly. This is a favorite at our house.

What is the meaning of shrimp on the barbie? 

Shrimp on the barbie is an Australian slang for barbeque. Hence the Crocodile Dundee reference!

It’s incredibly easy and quick to prepare, meaning you could realistically have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. I serve it with a rice pilaf and a quick caesar salad or steamed vegetables.

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What do I need to make this shrimp on the barbie dish? 

  • Large shrimp – (raw, peeled, deveined, and tail on)
  • Olive oil
  • Spices – garlic powder, dried dill, paprika, and cayenne pepper
  • Lemon 
  • Cilantro 

plate of shrimp on the barbie with lemon

What type of shrimp should I choose for this dish?

For this dish you have a few options. 

  • Fresh or frozen – fresh is best, but you can definitely use frozen if you find some on sale. 
  • Large – You want to choose either large (or jumbo) shrimp. Medium shrimp will cook up rather small. 
  • Raw – Make sure to not use cooked shrimp for this dish otherwise they will come out overcooked and rubbery. 
  • Deveined, peeled, tail on – Deveined and peeled is much easier but can be more expensive. So you can save yourself a few dollars if you are willing to devein and peel them yourself. 

Can I make shrimp on the barbie indoors?

Absolutely! Of course this is a great whole 30 recipe for summer but you can use an indoor grill pan and enjoy this all year round for a quick easy dinner. 

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this cilantro pasta recipe more economical:

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Shrimp on the Barbie - Ready for something awesome to come off the grill? This easy and quick grilled shrimp would be that dish.
Shrimp on the barbie
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Calories: 293 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 2 pounds large shrimp peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
  1. Heat an outdoor grill for a medium-hot fire or a stovetop grill pan over medium-high heat. If your grill has wide slots, use a grill pan or wok with small holes so the shrimp don’t fall through (or thread the shrimp onto metal skewers).
  2. Place the shrimp in a large bowl and drizzle on the olive oil. Toss to coat.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, paprika, dill, and cayenne. Sprinkle this mixture generously on the shrimp, tossing to coat.
  4. Cook the shrimp on the grill over direct heat or on the grill pan until pink and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a platter. Drizzle with lemon juice, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve with lemon wedges.
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp on the barbie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 572mg191%
Sodium 1764mg77%
Potassium 202mg6%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 260IU5%
Vitamin C 9.3mg11%
Calcium 333mg33%
Iron 5.1mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. I made this recipe for the first time for our Christmas dinner. . .it was a big hit. Thanks for all the great cheap eats! 🙂

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