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. Diana says

    Oh, these looks goooood and easy.

    Your site looks different, or maybe it’s just me, but I love it!

    Thanks for sharing, have a good day!

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