Grilled Achiote Shrimp Skewers


Grilled Achiote Shrimp Skewers

Grilled Achiote Shrimp Skewers

Want a grilled shrimp skewer packed with flavor? Keep reading because this recipe is for you! These jumbo shrimp are marinated in a flavorful citrus-achiote mixture, then cooked on the grill. Achiote adds a reddish color and has a subtle smoky flavor, but isn’t overpowering. These grilled shrimp skewers will quickly become one of your favorite seafood mains.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Dish
Keyword: barbecue brisket, grilled seafood, grilled shrimp, Sabrina Baksh
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Author: Sabrina Baksh


  • 2 pounds jumbo shrimp peel and deveined
  • 8-10 skewers
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro for garnish

For Marinade:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon achiote powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Place peeled and deveined shrimp into a resealable plastic bag or a large enough glass dish with a lid.
  • Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl. Divide mixture in half. Pour one half into the bag with shrimp. Gently coat all of the shrimp, seal bag or cover dish, and place into the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.
  • Place the other half of the marinade in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer on low for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cover, and keep warm.
  • Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
  • Remove shrimp from the fridge and thread 5-6 shrimp on each skewer. Place the skewers on the grill and baste with sauce simmered in the saucepan. Cook shrimp for 2-3 minutes, turn, baste with sauce, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove shrimp skewers from the grill and place onto a clean serving platter. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve.


Photo by: kaninstudio/Depositphotos

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