I can eat seafood every day and not get sick of it. Beef and pork I will quickly get tired of but seafood? Never. It’s so easy to prepare and requires half the amount of cooking time. These mango bbq shrimp skewers are a great example of that. Marinate the shrimp, cook, and serve with sauce. Easy peasy. The best part? You get to eat it on a stick (because everything is just better on a stick!).
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
I’m a bit particular about bbq sauces. A lot of them have too much sugar or just don’t taste that great so I like to make my own. This mango bbq sauce is different but it still has some key players like ketchup, vinegar, and honey. Add some mango chutney and spices you have an Asian influenced sauce.
Set aside 1/2 of the sauce and use the remaining half to marinate the shrimp. Since we’re using seafood, you only need to marinate it for 30 minutes. However, if you’re using chicken, pork, or beef, increase the time to 1 hour.
Thread the shrimp on skewers with fresh mango and red onion and prepare the grill. If you’re using wooden skewers, soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before using to prevent them from burning. You can also cook these mango bbq shrimp skewers in the oven.
Simmer the reserved sauce with just a touch of sugar until slightly thick and use it to baste the shrimp while it’s on the grill. The sauce will caramelize and amplify the flavor – just what we want!
Garnish the shrimp skewers with chopped cilantro and squeeze some fresh lime juice for a little brightness.
This meal came together in no time and can I just say, it is the perfect summer dish! Serve these skewers with twice baked miso sweet potatoes for a complete meal!
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