If you like to break away from the traditional, then these Grilled Tandoori Citrus Shrimp are perfect for you. They are tangy, citrusy and packed full of great fire flavor. Let’s go on a journey to understanding what Tandoori is, and why it is a great way to utilize these shrimp!
What is a Tandoor?
To be completely blunt, a tandoor is a clay oven found in Southern Asia and India. So to call something “tandoori” is not necessarily accurate.
So what is Tandoori seasoning then?
It is really just the flavor of traditional Tandoori Chicken, which is mostly made of spicy peppers, paprika, garlic, citrus and many more flavors. That is where I am drawing inspiration for these delicious Grilled Tandoori Citrus Shrimp!
Tandoori chicken uses a yogurt marinade. For some, this might come as a shock but for those that understand food it is quite inventive.
Why Marinate these Grilled Tandoori Citrus Shrimp in Yogurt?
Yogurt has many amazing properties. Not only is it delicious, but it also has some amazing enzymes that can help to break down protein.
When you marinate chicken, beef or even shrimp in yogurt, then you end with a tender meat that has absorbed all the other flavors of the marinade.
These Grilled Tandoori Citrus Shrimp will not be marinated overnight like traditional tandoori chicken. We will be marinating them for about 15-30 minutes so that they absorb a ton of flavor while not becoming too tender.
In the end, you have some deliciously grilled shrimp with a nice caramelization on the outside. These Grilled Tandoori Citrus Shrimp are amazing, and I highly recommend them at your next fire cook.
Grilled Tandoori Citrus Shrimp
- 2 lbs of Large Shrimp
- Chopped Cilantro for garnish
- Lime Juice for garnish
- Lemon Juice for garnish
- 2.5 tbsp of Tandoori Seasoning
- ¼ cup of Plain Yogurt
- 1 tbsp of Orange Juice
- 1 tbsp of Lemon Juice
- 1 tbsp of Lime Juice
- In a bowl, add your shrimp. Add all the marinade ingredients and set in fridge for 15 minutes but no longer than 30 minutes.
- Preheat your fire to a high temperature of 400F.
- Add your grill grate onto fire about 5 minutes before cooking. If you’re using a grill basket, oil the basket and add shrimp. Cook shrimp for about 2-3 minutes per side until they are well caramelized and tender. Once done, pull off and rest for 1 minute.
- Top your shrimp with cilantro, lime juice and lemon juice. Enjoy!
Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek’s fire cooking journey. He’s a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he’s cooking up, it’s guaranteed to be so freakin’ delicious!