Sesame Garlic Shrimp

Succulent shrimp coated with crunchy sesame seeds and a garlicky Asian-flavored sauce.

Fresh, skewered shrimp are marinated briefly in a simple sauce of garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce and rice vinegar then pan-fried, grilled or broiled. The remaining marinade is simmered to pour over the shrimp or serve on the side for dipping.

The entire appetizer from start to finish is a breeze and would be easy to turn into an entrée by multiplying the recipe and serving it over noodles or a salad.

I should have made more. . .

My only regret as I savored the last one.

Sesame Garlic Shrimp

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 3 appetizer servings

Sesame Garlic Shrimp

Succulent shrimp coated with crunchy sesame seeds and a garlicky Asian-flavored sauce.


4 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
12 large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 (8-inch) bamboo skewers


  1. In a small skillet over medium heat toast the sesame seeds about 5 minutes stirring often.
  2. In a shallow dish combine 2 tablespoons of the sesame seeds with the garlic, oil, vinegar, and soy sauce. Thread 4 shrimp onto each skewer, piercing each at the head and tail, and place in the marinade, coat well and allow them to marinate 10 minutes.
  3. On a separate shallow dish sprinkle the remaining sesame seeds and coat the shrimp with them.
  4. Lightly grease a large skillet and place over medium-high heat. Sear the skewered shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque. Alternately you can grill them or broil them for the same amount of time.
  5. If using a skillet pour the remaining marinade over the shrimp and cook 3-4 minutes. If grilling or broiling: simmer the marinade 3-4 minutes in a small saucepan.
  6. Plate and pour the sauce over the shrimp or serve on the side as a dipping sauce. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Adapted from Whole Living

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  1. says

    oh this does look good. We’ve been doing a lot of cooking on the grill lately and I know my husband would like this one.

  2. says

    I love shrimp. Always reminds me of summer, and my grandfather. Thank you for sharing this delicious version of one of my favorite seafoods. And thank you for your kind words on my own blog. They always make me smile. Have a beautiful day!

  3. says

    This recipe for shrimp sounds and looks great…especially because it is very simple, great for Summer!
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a wonderful week Reeni :)

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