Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Feta Dipping Sauce

If you like shrimp, this spicy grilled shrimp recipe will be your new favorite. It's easy, fast and delicious! The subtle spice of the cayenne is balanced by the creamy feta sauce. If you want to tame the heat, you can cut the cayenne in half or skip it completely.

Spicy Grilled Shrimp
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • 5 teaspoons lemon juice, divided

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 1 ¼ pounds medium peeled, deveined raw shrimp, tail on

  • ¼ cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt

  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to high (450°F to 500°F). Place minced garlic on a cutting board; sprinkle with salt. Using the flat side of a knife, mash the salt into the garlic to make a paste. Transfer the garlic paste to a large bowl; stir in 2 tablespoons oil, lemon zest, 3 teaspoons lemon juice, paprika, oregano, cayenne and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Fold in shrimp until fully coated. Let stand for 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, combine yogurt, feta, water and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl.

  3. Thread the shrimp evenly onto 8 (6-inch) skewers. Oil the grill rack by holding an oil-soaked paper towel with tongs (do not use cooking spray on a hot grill). Place the skewers on the oiled rack; grill, uncovered, until opaque and lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve with the dipping sauce.


Eight (6-inch) skewers

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

236 Calories
14g Fat
4g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 skewers & 2 1/2 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 236
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 22g 44%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 187mg 62%
Vitamin A 585IU 12%
Sodium 429mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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