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Four blackened shrimp skewers on a wood cutting board with cilantro sprinkled on top.

Grilled Blackened Shrimp with Cilantro Lime Sauce

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  • Author: Ben
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 4 skewers 1x
  • Category: Seafood
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American


Tasty pops of flavor and bold spice in this Grilled Blackened Shrimp recipe. Don’t worry, though, we balance it with a refreshing and creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce. Together, it makes a great Summer pair and perfect for your grill. 


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  • 2 Tablespoons Salt, for brine
  • 1/4 cup sugar, for brine
  • 1 quart Water, for brine
  • 12 Large Shrimp, deveined, shelled, and thawed
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

For Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Add Water, 2 Tablespoons Salt, and ¼ cup of sugar to container and mix until combined well
  2. Add shrimp and brine for 30 minutes
  3. If using wood skewers, allow to soak in water for 30 minutes prior to cooking
  4. Mix all Cilantro Lime Sauce in a dish and mix well. You can do this now, but also can do it the night before
  5. Place sauce in refrigerator until ready to use
  6. Combine rest of the dry ingredients into a container and mix. 
  7. Once shrimp has soaked/brined for 30 minutes, drain shrimp and toss with dry blackening seasoning we just made. 
  8. Skewer shrimp
  9. Lightly oil and preheat grill to 350° Fahrenheit
  10. Cook each skewer over direct medium-high heat for 3 minutes and 30 seconds
  11. Flip and cook for another 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
  12. Remove from grill and serve with cilantro lime sauce.


  • The brining is optional, but I really recommend it.
  • If using wood skewers, make sure to soak them for a bit.
  • You can make the cilantro lime sauce up to a day before. 
  • Preheat your grill to 350° Fahrenheit before cooking.
  • Use a Meat Thermometer to make sure everything is at safe temperatures