Grilling food imparts it with a flavor that's hard to mimic with other cooking methods. The flavor of grilled food is so bold, you don't need to add a lot of butter or oil to enhance the taste, which means grilling cooked shrimp and vegetables can also be a nutritious way to prepare these foods.
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Shrimp are a good source of lean protein. According to the USDA, 3 ounces of cooked shrimp provide 19 grams of protein for only 100 calories. Using precooked shrimp speeds up the process so you can put a quick and nutritious meal on the table in no time.
Grilling Cooked Shrimp and Vegetables
Preheat your outdoor grill to high. Thread the precooked shrimp on wooden or metal skewers and brush them with cooking oil, such as olive oil, which contains heart-healthy unsaturated fats.
Season the shrimp with herbs and spices, such as garlic powder, paprika or cayenne pepper, and set the shrimp aside.
Prep Your Veggies
Wash vegetables thoroughly and chop them into large chunks. Thread the vegetables onto separate skewers than the shrimp. Or, try wrapping them up in foil, as described by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Keep the vegetables separate because they will need to cook longer than the precooked shrimp, which only need a few minutes on the grill to heat them back up. Brush the vegetables with cooking oil, such as olive oil, and season them with your favorite herbs and spices.
Soak the chopped vegetables in water for 10 to 15 minutes before putting them on the grill. This will help them retain their moisture as they cook. Another alternative is to marinate the vegetables before cooking them.
According to Harvard Health, marinating food before grilling reduces the amount of carcinogens that form while grilling. Marinating the vegetables on the skewers cuts down on the mess because trying to thread slippery vegetables onto skewers is quite difficult and messy.
Grill the Veggies
Place the vegetable skewers on the grill. Put them on the outer edges of the grill so they aren't over direct heat, which can lead to burning. Close the lid and allow the vegetables to cook for several minutes until they are almost tender.
The amount of time this takes will depend on what type of vegetables you're using. Mushrooms, for example, cook more quickly than raw potatoes or carrots.
Add the Shrimp
Add the shrimp skewers to the grill for the last minute or two of cooking the vegetables. Remove the shrimp skewers as soon as the shrimp is hot.
This will prevent the shrimp from getting dried out and tough. Take the vegetables off the grill last. Push the shrimp and vegetables off the skewers with a fork and serve the meal immediately.
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If you use wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before putting the shrimp and vegetables on them. This will help prevent the wood from splintering, which can leave small pieces in your food. It also moistens the wood so it's less likely to burn while on the grill.
Things You'll Need
Wooden or metal skewers
Herbs and spices