These honey garlic shrimp skewers with pineapple have all the flavor of summer and are deliciously gluten-free and paleo. This recipe also contains dairy-free modifications.
They can either be grilled, baked, or prepared on the stove top.
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Why you’ll love this recipe for Honey Garlic Shrimp Skewers:
- This recipe has all the flavors of summertime and will have you feeling like vacation—I call these my Caribbean shrimp kabobs!
- The honey garlic marinade gives you teriyaki flavor without wheat or soy keeping it 100% gluten-free and paleo.
- This recipe can be made on the stovetop, baked, or grilled with equally wonderful results!
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Is shrimp gluten free?
Yes—all shellfish is naturally gluten-free. That said, sometimes pre-packed or frozen shellfish has been processed on equipment with wheat, so it still is worth checking the ingredients labels for any warnings. Crazy. I know.
Ingredients for Caribbean grilled shrimp and pineapple
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To make the gluten-free marinade for shrimp kabobs you’ll need:
- wooden skewers. (soaked in water for 20-25 minutes before using) or you can use reusable metal skewers.
- ghee or butter. True paleo would stick to ghee (clarified butter), but regular butter is gluten-free & totally works in this recipe. If you need to be totally dairy free, simply sub your favorite plant-based butter.
- honey. If you’re looking for a lower sugar recipe, instead of ¼ cup honey you could sub in 1-2 tbsp coconut sugar or sweetener dissolved in about 3 tbsp water. This will work for the marinade and be decent for grilling, but if you are looking to make this on the stovetop or bake and reuse some sauce, it may not cook down as well as it would if you used honey.
- minced garlic.
- coconut aminos. Coconut aminos are a gluten-free and paleo substitute to traditional soy sauce. If not looking for paleo or soy free, feel free to use soy aminos or gluten free soy sauce instead).
- lemon juice.
- Sriracha. Omit if you don’t like spice, but I think this really kicks up the flavor! Check out this guide to the best gluten free brands.
To prepare and cook the shrimp skewers you’ll need:
- raw shrimp. Use large or jumbo shrimp and be sure they are peeled and deveined.
- chopped pineapple. Fresh is better for this recipe, but canned pineapple chunks are still yummy in a pinch!
- black pepper.
How to make Honey Garlic Shrimp Skewers with Pineapple
Making these gluten-free shrimp skewers is simple and easy!
First, soak your wooden skewers in water for at least 20 minutes (or use metal skewers!)
To prepare your marinade, melt your butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the honey, garlic, aminos, and Sriracha (if using) and whisk together, letting it simmer for a few minutes.
When finished, add lemon juice and set the marinade aside in a bowl to cool.
Then, alternate the shrimp and pineapple on the skewers and season with the salt and pepper.
These shrimp skewers can then be cooked on the grill, stove top, or baked in the oven.
How to grill shrimp kabobs
Reserve half the sauce for serving.
Heat the grill over medium-high heat and brush both sides of the kabobs with the sauce. Cook each side on the grill for 2-3 minutes until the shrimp is pink, continuing to brush wish sauce as it cooks.
Serve with the reserved sauce.
How to make shrimp skewers on the stove top
Reserve half the sauce for serving.
Heat a large skillet on medium heat and spray with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Brush both sides of the kabobs with the sauce and sear in the pan for 3-4 minutes per side, the skewers are done when the shrimp is pink.
Be sure not to overcrowd the skewers in the pan.
Serve with the reserved sauce.
How to make shrimp kabobs in the oven
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the skewers in a 13×9 baking dish and pour sauce over the shrimp. Bake about 10-12 minutes, or until the shrimp are pink & cooked through.
You may want to turn your skewers over halfway through the cooking time to be sure they get well coated in the marinade.
What goes with shrimp kabobs?
These seafood skewers can be served as is with the reserved/cooked sauce with a yummy side dish such as rice or quinoa or a side salad.
Or you can remove the shrimp and pineapple from the skewers and serve over rice with the reserved sauce drizzled on top.
Either way is really yummy!
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Honey Garlic Shrimp Skewers with Pineapple
- skewers (metal or wooden soaked)
- Silicon pastry brush
- 2 tbsp ghee or butter
- 1/4 cup honey see post for substitutes
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 3 tbsp coconut aminos see post for substitutes
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp Sriracha (optional)
- 1 lb shrimp large or jumbo; peeled & deveined
- 1 cup chopped pineapple fresh, canned is okay
- pinch salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- If using wooden skewers, be sure to soak in water for about 25 minutes
Prepare the Marinade & Skewers
- Melt ghee or butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the honey, garlic, aminos, and Sriracha (if using) into the pan and whisk together.
- Bring to a slight boil and let it simmer for about 5 minutes until slightly thickened.
- Remove from the heat and stir in lemon juice. Set aside in bowl to cool. (if grilling or cooking on the stove top, divide into two bowls–one for cooking and one for serving)
- Alternate the shrimp and pineapple on the skewers and season with salt and pepper.
Grilled Shrimp Kabobs
- Heat grill over medium-high heat and brush both sides of the kabobs with the sauce.
- Cook on grill, continuing to brush with sauce, for 2-3 minutes until shrimp is pink and done.
Stovetop Shrimp Kabobs
- Heat a large skillet on medium heat and spray with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
- Brush both sides of the kabobs with the sauce and sear in the pan for 3-4 minutes per side, the skewers are done when the shrimp is pink.
Baked Shrimp Kabobs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place the skewers in a 13×9 baking dish and pour sauce over the shrimp. Bake about 10-12 minutes, or until the shrimp are pink & cooked through.
- Turnover skewers halfway through cooking time.
- Remove the kabobs from pan to serve. Any remaining sauce can be poured into a bowl for serving.
- Serve with reserved sauce and any desired sides.
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- Slow cooker barbacoa
- Banana pancake dippers
- Slow cooker cabbage soup
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