Sangria Shrimp Skewers

Recipe By Tessa Arias
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June 4th, 2014

Sangria Shrimp Skewers are brushed with a fresh red wine citrus glaze. This recipe takes less than 20 minutes and is perfect for summer cookouts and entertaining.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 6 minutes

Sangria Shrimp Skewers are brushed with a fresh red wine citrus glaze. This recipe takes less than 20 minutes and is perfect for summer cookouts and entertaining.
Sangria Shrimp Skewers - 20 minute recipe! Perfect for summer.

Summer is in full swing here in Phoenix. The human body is NOT meant to be in 110°F+ temperatures. My soul starts to slowly die each summer when I realize I can’t even make a trip to the mailbox without breaking out in a sweat. Yes it’s a dry heat but I still find it to be pretty unbearable. Anyone from a cooler climate want to adopt me for the summer??

If not, I’ll probably need an IV drip of sangria to take the edge off. Cool drinks and air conditioning are an absolute must to survive the heat. When I found a bag of frozen shrimp hiding in my freezer recently the idea of taking one of my favorite summer drinks, sangria, and combining it with grilled shrimp just seemed right. And look how pretty the sangria glaze ended up looking! This recipe is amazingly fresh and simple and can be ready in less than 20 minutes. You can’t beat that.

What are your favorite ways to cool down during the summer?

Sangria Shrimp Skewers - 20 minute recipe! Perfect for summer.

Recipe Rundown
Taste: Pretty much like the name sounds! The red wine glaze is loaded with orange and lime citrus, so each bite is bursting with fresh sangria flavor.
Texture: I love grilled shrimp. I could eat it all day, especially when it’s topped with a thick glaze!
Ease: Fresh and flavorful in less than 20 minutes. Love.
Appearance: How pretty is that brilliant wine glaze?!
Pros: Fresh, easy, perfect for summer.
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? Mhm.

How to make
Sangria Shrimp Skewers

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Sangria Shrimp Skewers are brushed with a fresh red wine citrus glaze. This recipe takes less than 20 minutes and is perfect for summer cookouts and entertaining.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails on

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine the wine, orange zest and juice, lemon zest and juice, cayenne pepper, and honey. Bring to a simmer and reduce the liquid by half, about 5 minutes. In a small bowl combine the cornstarch with 3 tablespoons cold water until dissolved. Whisk into the wine mixture then reduce the heat to low. Simmer until thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let cool.
  2. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat.
  3. Thread the shrimp evenly among grilling skewers. If using wooden skewers, be sure to soak in water for at least 1 hour before grilling. Season the shrimp on both sides with salt and pepper to taste. Brush the shrimp all over with the sangria glaze, reserving the remaining glaze. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until the shrimp are firm and opaque in the center. Brush with additional glaze before serving.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Chloe @ foodlikecake — June 4, 2014 at 3:17 am

    These look delicious!

  2. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — June 4, 2014 at 4:02 am

    I feel ya on the heat. This is my first summer in Florida…and I am from Canada. It hit 110 degrees yesterday and SO HUMID. I died.
    At least I have these delicious skewers to get me through it! I LOVE the sangria glaze! Pinned 🙂

    • #
      Tessa — June 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Good luck in Florida haha!!

  3. #
    Paul Scivetti — June 4, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Hey, Tessa,

    I’m in MN…and it has been pretty sticky up here…not the temps you guys get in AZ, but very uncomfortable. We went from winter right into summer. Yuck.

    Nice glaze – I’m going to have to try that on pork or chicken…while I love grilled shrimp, I have developed shellfish allergies over the years, so I need to find something else to slather with this glaze.

    • #
      Tessa — June 4, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      I feel like most of the country missed out on spring. That’s too bad about your recent shellfish allergy, though I’m sure this glaze would be great on chicken or pork!

  4. #
    Gaby — June 4, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Love this, so much flavor!

  5. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — June 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I love this!! So simple and flavorful.

  6. #
    Tashiana — June 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Sizzly perfection. Looks delicious!

  7. #
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — June 4, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Love that pretty color the red wine gives the sauce!

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