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Shrimp and Chorizo Skewer Recipe

Reinvent Surf and Turf With Shrimp and Chorizo Skewers

There's something so satisfying about the combination of briny seafood and hearty, juicy meat. While this marriage — surf and turf — is nothing new, it gets cleverly updated in this simple Summer recipe. Before being threaded on skewers with thick slices of chorizo, the shrimp is tossed in a bold mixture of garlic, chile powder, and caraway seeds. Although caraway may seem like an odd pairing with shrimp, it helps marry the flavors of the dish.

Spicy Shrimp and Chorizo Kebabs

Spicy Shrimp and Chorizo Kebabs


If you can't find chorizo, substitute with linguica or another spicy, robust sausage.

Spicy Shrimp and Chorizo Kebabs


  1. 2 large garlic cloves, thickly sliced
  2. 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  3. 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  4. 2 tablespoons pure chile powder, such as ancho
  5. 1/4 cup neutral oil, such as grapeseed or canola
  6. 2 pounds large (16/20) shrimp, shelled and deveined
  7. 5 to 6 fully cooked small chorizo sausages (about 1/2 pound total), sliced 1/2-inch thick


  1. On a cutting board, using the flat side of a chef's knife, mash the garlic and salt to a coarse paste. Add the caraway seeds and finely chop them.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the chile powder and oil. Add the shrimp, and toss to coat.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add the chorizo, and cook over high heat for 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Let cool slightly.
  4. Tuck a chorizo slice in the crook of a shrimp, and thread it onto a skewer; the shrimp should be attached at both ends. Push it to the end of the skewer, and repeat with two more shrimp and chorizo slices. Using more skewers, repeat with the remaining shrimp and chorizo.
  5. Grill the kebabs over a hot fire, turning once or twice, until charred and the shrimp are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
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pink-elephant pink-elephant 6 years
Awesome! My husband has been saying he wants kabobs for his birthday party-this may just be the recipe I'm looking for!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Just found this w/today's post - YUMMERS! With the andouille suggestion my mind started racing cause I just bought some pineapple sausage from Bruce Adells (sp?) I think. Anyway sounds like a recipe you could have fun with.
Sherellj Sherellj 8 years
Just tried this recipe out this past Sunday and it came out great, it wasn't hell it was Heaven. I love to try out new foods so now this recipe goes down in my recipe book.
Sherellj Sherellj 8 years
Looks sooo yummy
Munkeyhed Munkeyhed 8 years
These look delicious!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Oh my. This looks so good. I usually just eat the surf part because I don't like steak, but chorizo I would gobble right up.
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