Spicy Brown Sugar Cayenne Shrimp

by Andie Mitchell on April 25, 2012


Last summer, Camille and I took a liking to grilling in her side yard. Crafty gals that we are, we fashioned a massive metal, shallow dish into an outdoor grill by filling it with coals, placing an oven rack on top, and lighting the whole mess on fire.

We then grilled everything in her apartment.

Among the blackened grub were skewers of these brown sugar-cayenne shrimp, plucked from a recipe in her favorite Nordstrom cookbook. They were outstanding- warmly sweet and spicy with a crisp charred crust. Juicy and snappy to the tooth upon biting.

We’ve been talking and fantasizing about these skewers for a year now; it’s time we made ‘em again.


Grilled Spicy Brown Sugar Cayenne Shrimp

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled with tails on
  • 4 wooden skewers, for grilling

Combine lime juice, oil, cayenne, brown sugar, garlic, and salt; mix well. Rub the shrimp in the spice mixture. Place shrimp and spices in a gallon sized sealable plastic bag. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Preheat the grill. Remove the shrimp from the bag. Divide the shrimp into 4 servings, inserting a wooden skewer through each serving. 

Place the skewers on the grill for 2-3 minutes per side, until the shrimp have turned an opaque pink.
serves 4

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh April 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm

*lights my grill*


Michelle in N. Cal April 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm

looks great! Gonna “pin” it :-)


Rose April 26, 2012 at 7:00 am

I don’t see a pin button to pin it, i love this site!


Deborah April 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Um…yes, please!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Ooohh, this looks fantastic!!! I just so happen to have some shrimp that needs to be used up :D


AZJoy April 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

YUM!!!! and not fattening!!!! Love grilling!


Rose April 26, 2012 at 1:16 am

I have literally just walked in the door after picking about three kilos of limes off our dwarf lime tree. Thanks for the Sunday lunch idea Andie. I wish I could share some of my limes with you.


MelissaNibbles April 26, 2012 at 2:05 am

Nordstrom has a cookbook? I’m intrigued by what could possibly be in there. If this is any indication, it’s good stuff.


Patty April 26, 2012 at 4:12 am

These sound delicious! Definitely pinning this recipe for future use :)


Samantha April 26, 2012 at 4:27 am

Andie, words cannot describe how much I love your blog! Tell me, as someone who is not a fan of shripm, what other meats do you think this would work with?


Heather@SugarDish(Me) April 26, 2012 at 5:48 am

I have a freezer full of shrimp… and now I know exactly what needs to be done. You’re super!


Lauren April 26, 2012 at 6:06 am

It’s like you knew I just bought a grill and was looking for an inaugural recipe! Thanks!!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. I’ve made many of your dishes and they’ve all turned out great :)


Bailey @ Onederland or Bust! April 26, 2012 at 6:15 am

These look amazing! *must buy grill*


Melissa April 26, 2012 at 7:29 am

Oh my delicious! You’re at it again, teasing me with these recipes! And I love it, naturally.


Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) April 26, 2012 at 8:28 am

I love shrimp, I just never buy it because it tends to be pricey out here. But next time it’s on sale I’ll stock up and definitely this will be on the list. I LOVE spicy!


Lisa April 26, 2012 at 8:33 am

Wow, I’m so on these! As usual, I’m always wanting more…what IS that skewer next to the shrimp?


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts April 26, 2012 at 8:38 am

Yum! What delicious and flavorful shrimp!


tabitha April 26, 2012 at 11:35 am

Might have actually licked the screen there.


Samantha April 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Thank you for sharing!!! It looks and sounds to die for!!


CJ @ Morsels of Life April 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm

looks tasty! and creative grill making :P


cookingrookie April 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Yum! Delicious shrimp!


Tamara April 27, 2012 at 5:52 am

These look divine!


Tami April 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Love this!! Please post the recipe for the beef skewer next to it in the pic. It looks delish also!!


Amber DeGrace April 29, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I made this tonight with just a few changes: I added a dash of sesame oil, used olive oil, and grilled it on a cedar plank. DELICIOUS. I’ll definitely make these again!


missbhavens July 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm

This recipe is delightful! I just wanted to drop by and say that we enjoy these weekly. Thank goodness fresh shrimp isn’t too terribly expensive here in Louisiana!


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