Grilled Spiced Shrimp Kabobs

Are you on the lookout for a delectable and nourishing treat? Your search ends here! Allow us to introduce you to a wholesome delight: Grilled Spiced Shrimp Kabobs. At Functional Medicine Los Angeles, your trusted partner for cutting-edge functional medicine Studio City, we’re delighted to share this recipe with you. It’s a dish that’s not only incredibly satisfying but also brings together the perfect balance of nutrition and flavor.

The zesty Zhong sauce boasts fresh, bold bright flavors and will typically contain a combination of cilantro, parsley, garlic, peppers, and several warm spices.

*Preparation Note: These can be prepared on metal or wooden skewers. If using wooden skewers be sure to soak for at least 30 minutes before adding shrimp to prevent burning.

Prep time: 45 minutes (includes marinating)
Cook time: 4-6 minutes
Serves: 4

Shrimp Skewers:

  • 8 metal skewers or wooden skewers*
  • 1-1/4 lbs. extra-large peeled deveined shrimp
  • 24 large peeled deveined shrimp
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small red onion, cut into 1-2” pieces
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-2” pieces

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 T. fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Zhoug Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 c. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 fresh jalapeño peppers, stems, and seeds removed
  • 1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 medium garlic cloves
  • Approximately 1 t. sea salt, more or less to taste
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1/2 t. ground coriander
  • 1/2 t. chili flakes

To Serve: This is best served hot right off the grill.


  1. Add shrimp to a deep bowl with the marinade ingredients (garlic, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper to taste). Mix and let shrimp marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, prepare Zhoug sauce. In the bowl of a food processor, add cilantro, parsley, jalapeño peppers, garlic, salt, cumin and chili flakes. Pulse until everything is combined.
  3. With the processor running, slowly add olive oil and pulse until it turns into a thick sauce.
  4. Thread onto skewers, alternating shrimp, tomato, onion, shrimp, tomato, and bell pepper, ending with a shrimp. Repeat until all skewers are full.
  5. Preheat the grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Lightly oil grill grate. Our functional medicine Burbank experts suggests cooking shrimp until no longer translucent, 2-3 minutes per side. Watch carefully as shrimp cook very quickly and will become rubbery if overcooked.
  6. Remove from the grill onto a serving platter. Serve with Zhoug sauce.
  7. Enjoy!

Our functional medicine Los Angeles experts place immense importance on incorporating nourishing and nutrient-rich meals into your daily diet. Our North Hollywood functional medicine team suggests trying this recipe now!

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