Pineapple Shrimp Skewers

LAST UPDATED: Jun 30, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jun 26, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

There’s just something about the textural, sweet and salty flavor of this pineapple shrimp recipe! Pineapple shrimp skewers are perfect for throwing on the grill, bursting with juicy tropical flavor.

A white platter filled with pineapple shrimp skewers.

If you’ve never experienced the combination of pineapple and shrimp, you’re in for a real treat! I don’t know what it is about this juicy, delectable combo, but I can’t get enough. 

Bonus! It helps me feel like I am vacationing on some kind of tropical island, and who doesn’t need that feeling right now? Hey, a girl can dream of palm trees, pineapples and ocean breezes while she’s sitting on her porch! 

Close up shot of pineapple shrimp recipe on bamboo skewers.

I have been on a major grilling kick lately, so we are relishing all the summertime flavors around here. We are having so much fun experimenting with quick and easy kabobs on the grill! 

Don’t miss these incredible combos: Tequila Lime Shrimp Kabobs, Grilled Steak Kabobs, Classic Chicken Kabobs, and Lemon Garlic Shrimp Kabobs! I’ve also got the cutest fruit kabobs in my lineup!

Close up shot of pineapple shrimp recipe on bamboo skewers.

Why You’ll Love this Pineapple Shrimp

These pineapple shrimp skewers are deliciously easy and healthy, too! Shrimp is one of the easiest things to throw on the grill, simply because you can tell exactly when they are perfectly cooked thanks to their color change. 

No more worrying about things being undercooked or overcooked! Plus, these shrimp are the best way to incorporate light and healthy flavors into your dinner line-up this summer.

Grilled pineapple shrimp recipe on bamboo skewers.

The combination of pineapple chunks, peppers and shrimp is so lean and packed with protein and nutrients. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much flavor can be packed into something so light and easy!

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A white platter filled with pineapple shrimp skewers.

Pineapple Shrimp Recipe Ingredients

  • Shrimp – Fresh shrimp is of course ideal, but you can certainly use frozen. Just make sure to follow the package directions for defrosting. Medium-larger shrimp work best for skewering on the grill, but again you can use whatever you have on hand! In our house, the bigger the shrimp the better! 
  • Bell Peppers – I like to use yellow, orange or red bell peppers here because they add the perfect slightly sweet crunch to these shrimp skewers. 
  • Fresh Pineapple – You can also use canned pineapple but it’s not quite the same texture!
  • Pineapple Juice – You can squeeze your own or buy it at the store, of course! 
  • Lime Juice – A hint of fresh squeezed lime juice adds bright flavor to this recipe. You can substitute 100% real lime juice purchased in the produce aisle of your grocer if needed – or try lemon juice for a different flavor profile.
  • Oil – Extra Virgin olive oil is preferred, but you can substitute canola oil if needed.
  • Salt and Pepper – Thick red pepper flakes and fresh ground black pepper and sea salt make it pop!
  • Limes, Halved or sliced – optional! You can grill limes for an extra squeeze to serve with this delicious dish.

Variations

  • Honey Shrimp – Add a touch of honey (or agave) to sweeten it up even more – 1 tablespoon should do it!
  • Coconut Shrimp – Add ¼ cup shredded coconut to this shrimp marinade for an even bigger burst of tropical flavor.
  • Soy Sauce – for an additional bite of salty flavor with an Asian-inspired spin, try adding ¼ of soy sauce to your marinade! 
Pineapple shrimp marinade with large shrimp in a white dish.

How to Make Pineapple Shrimp

On the Grill

  1. Marinate – Combine marinade ingredients and marinate refrigerated for 30 minutes up to six hours.
  2. Prep – Dry shrimp and put on bamboo or metal skewers (soaked 15+ minutes in water if you’re using wooden skewers). Preheat grill to medium high. Brush grill grate with olive oil.
  3. Grill – Grill shrimp 2-3 minutes until the shrimp turn pink. Flip and grill 2-3 minutes on the other side until translucent and pink.
Close up shot of pineapple shrimp recipe on bamboo skewers.

On the Stovetop

If you’re making this tequila lime shrimp on the stovetop, simply omit the bamboo skewers and sauté traditionally.

  1. Prep and Marinate – Make sure shrimp are completely thawed. Follow steps above for marinating and coating shrimp.
  2. Heat Oil – Heat oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. When oil moves around the pan easily, add shrimp. (They will sizzle when they hit the pan.)
  3. Sauté – Sauté the shrimp for about three minutes per side, until pink and completely opaque – this is how you’ll know when they are done.
A white platter filled with pineapple shrimp skewers.

In the Oven

This method might be the easiest way to cook your shrimp!

  1. Prep and Marinate – Set your oven to broil. Marinate your shrimp as listed in steps above.
  2. Line Sheet Pan with Shrimp – Arrange your shrimp on a baking sheet in an even layer – I like to use aluminum foil for easy clean up. A quick spray of olive oil on the foil will help eliminate sticking, too!
  3. Broil for 2-3 minutes, watching closely. You’re looking for that perfect pink color discussed in the other cooking methods above – it’s so easy!

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Pineapple shrimp skewers recipe on a white platter.

Tips for Delicious Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Grilling shrimp is honestly so easy! Don’t overthink it – choosing and preparing your shrimp is more important than the grilling itself, I promise.

  • Purchase fresh shrimp if possible. In fact, if possible purchase it the day you’re cooking! 
  • Use large or jumbo shrimp – They are just easier to work with and create the perfect succulent results with all that charred exterior. 
  • Soak wooden skewers in water so that they won’t burn as badly on the grill! Ideally, leave them in the water for at least half an hour.
  • Do not overcook the shrimp. I promise you’ll know when it’s done- just watch the color!
  • Serve shrimp with fresh lime wedges. Limes provide fresh color and an element of lime-squeezing fun. They also elevate the whole pineapple shrimp experience. Just trust me. You’ll love it!
Grilled pineapple shrimp recipe on bamboo skewers.

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A white platter filled with pineapple shrimp skewers.

Serve this Pineapple Shrimp Recipe with a Tropical Cocktail

Try a mojito for a fresh, tropical vibe to go alongside your shrimp skewers! 

A white platter filled with pineapple shrimp skewers.

Pineapple Shrimp Skewers

Julie Blanner
There’s just something about the textural, sweet and salty flavor of this pineapple shrimp recipe! Pineapple shrimp skewers are perfect for throwing on the grill, bursting with juicy tropical flavor.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 234 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 pounds shrimp peeled and de-veined
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks fresh or canned
  • 1 cup bell peppers cut into uniform pieces
  • 3 tablespoons pineapple juice fresh squeezed or store bought
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice fresh squeezed or store bought
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper fakes
  • black pepper to taste
  • sea salt a few cracks, to taste

Instructions
 

  • MARINATE
  • Combine marinade ingredients and marinate refrigerated for 30 minutes up to six hours.
  • GRILL
  • Dry shrimp and put on skewers (metal or bamboo soaked 15+ minutes in water).
  • Preheat grill to medium high. Brush grill grate with olive oil.
  • Grill shrimp 2-3 minutes until the shrimp turn pink.
  • Flip and grill 2-3 minutes on the other side until translucent and pink.

Notes

Tips for Delicious Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Grilling shrimp is honestly so easy! Don’t overthink it – choosing and preparing your shrimp is more important than the grilling itself, I promise.
  • Purchase fresh shrimp if possible. In fact, if possible purchase it the day you’re cooking! 
  • Use large or jumbo shrimp – They are just easier to work with and create the perfect succulent results with all that charred exterior. 
  • Soak wooden skewers in water so that they won’t burn as badly on the grill! Ideally, leave them in the water for at least half an hour.
  • Do not overcook the shrimp. I promise you’ll know when it’s done- just watch the color!
  • Serve shrimp with fresh lime wedges. Limes provide fresh color and an element of lime-squeezing fun. 

On the Stovetop

If you’re making this tequila lime shrimp on the stovetop, simply omit the bamboo skewers and sauté traditionally.
  1. Prep and Marinate – Make sure shrimp are completely thawed. Follow steps above for marinating and coating shrimp.
  2. Heat Oil – Heat oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. When oil moves around the pan easily, add shrimp. (They will sizzle when they hit the pan.)
  3. Sauté – Sauté the shrimp for about three minutes per side, until pink and completely opaque – this is how you’ll know when they are done.

In the Oven

This method might be the easiest way to cook your shrimp!
  1. Prep and Marinate – Set your oven to broil. Marinate your shrimp as listed in steps above.
  2. Line Sheet Pan with Shrimp – Arrange your shrimp on a baking sheet in an even layer – I like to use aluminum foil for easy clean up. A quick spray of olive oil on the foil will help eliminate sticking, too!
  3. Broil for 2-3 minutes, watching closely. You’re looking for that perfect pink color discussed in the other cooking methods above – it’s so easy!

Nutrition

Calories:234kcalCarbohydrates:14gProtein:18gFat:12gSaturated Fat:1gCholesterol:214mgSodium:663mgPotassium:248mgFiber:2gSugar:11gVitamin A:1196IUVitamin C:61mgCalcium:135mgIron:2mg
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