The air is getting warmer, the sun is shining brighter, and the shorts are getting shorter—this can only mean one thing—summer is right around the corner! When I think about summer cuisine I think bright, fresh, and light. Herbs, citrus, and seafood are among my favorite summertime foods, and they pair so well together to create light, refreshing meals.
One of my best friends from high school, who’s now living in Vancouver (miss you!!), posted a photo of some grilled skewers she and her fiancé made last week, and it inspired me to make my own. I prefer using an outdoor grill for this to get a nice smoky flavor, but if you are like me and don’t have access to one, don’t fret—you can achieve the same effect using an indoor grill pan.
Chili and lime is a famous flavor combo, especially near the border. It pairs well with proteins such as chicken, seafood, and even nuts. I’ve been craving shrimp lately, so I opted for the seafood route with these kebabs. Another good alternative would be chicken or a nice, meaty fish such as halibut or tuna. I like to cook the meat on separate skewers than the vegetables to ensure a more even cook throughout. I also baked the veggies, rather than grilling them so I could cook them at the same time as the shrimp.
This meal is super light and healthy (and pretty!) making it perfect for summer. For a little more substance, serve kebabs with a side of rice perfumed with herbs like cilantro or parsley. MMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmm, I should’ve done that! Next time.
- 1 lb shrimp (peeled and deveined)
- cherry tomatoes
- bell peppers (any color)
- red onion
- zucchini (yellow/green)
- cilantro (chopped)
- chili powder
- granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
- Lime juice (2-3 limes + extra for garnish)
- avocado oil (or canola, olive oil, etc)
- salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel shrimp if not already peeled and place in a large bowl. Combine juice of 2 small limes, oil, granulated garlic, chili powder, salt and pepper, cilantro, and Sriracha to coat shrimp. Let marinate in the fridge for half an hour.
Chop veggies (as many as you’d like) into bite-size chunks (keep cherry tomatoes whole) and toss in a bowl with juice of a lime, oil, chili powder, granulated garlic, Sriracha , and salt and pepper to taste.
Skewer the veggies onto a metal skewer (if using wood, make sure to soak in water beforehand) in any order you like. Place a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet lined in foil for easier clean up. Place the skewers on the rack and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Preheat your grill pan to med-high heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Skewer the shrimp. During the last 5-10 minutes of bake time for the vegetables, start grilling the shrimp. They only take a couple minutes on each side, so the shrimp and vegetables should get done at the same time.
Grill shrimp on one side for about 2 minutes, flip, and grill for another 1-2 minutes until shrimp are completely opaque. Make sure not to overcook the shrimp as they will get tough and rubbery.
Serve with lime wedges and chopped cilantro to garnish.
*This amount of shrimp makes approximately 3 skewers.