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Sunday BBQ: Rosemary-Skewered Shrimp and Scallops

Skewers are one of my favorite things to bbq. They're simple, delicious and you can make them ahead of time. Besides what could be better than food on a stick? Oh, wait, I know! How about food on a flavored stick! This recipe for rosemary-skewered shrimp and scallops is quite clever because instead of just seasoning the food on the outside, it actually seasons from the inside by using rosemary stems in place of plain wooden skewers! Pair it with a spicy seasoning and you're in for a bbq delight! Also, if you're a vegetarian, or are just looking for change, try it with chunks of firm tofu. Either way you're bound to get something delicious. To check out the recipe,


Rosemary-Skewered Shrimp and Scallops
From Out Of The Frying Pan

Note: The ingredient list looks daunting, but they're just the spices. Feel free to alter it as you see fit!

4 jumbo shrimp, peeled and cleaned, tails on
3 sea scallops, rinsed thoroughly
1 stiff, woody rosemary branch, about 10 - 12" long, plus additional rosemary for garnish

2 1/2 Tbsp. paprika
2 Tbsp. salt
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. dried leaf oregano
1 Tbsp. dried leaf thyme

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  1. Toss shrimp and scallops with seasoning. Set aside.
  2. Thread shrimp and scallops alternately on rosemary branch.
  3. Grill skewers over medium coals for 3 - 5 minutes. Turn skewers and grill until shellfish turns opaque. Serve on skewers, garnished with additional rosemary.

Note: Choose older, woody rosemary stems. Tender green stems won't hold up as well. It's best to find someone with a rosemary bush—they'll be happy for you to prune it, and you'll get longer, woodier stems.

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mollipop mollipop 10 years
Mmm! I love having BBQ shrimp in the summer, and this looks delish :-).
DCStar DCStar 10 years
I adore rosemary, and this recipe looks delicious, however...I'd have to warn against skewering the shrimp and scallops ON the rosemary. The leaves definitely will get stuck into the seafood and will be hard and possibly a choking hazard!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
What a great idea. We have rosemary growing in the herb garden, so I can't wait to try this. Thanks, Yum.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
this looks good. too bad no one I know likes shrimp!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Oh man, that looks tasty.
RaRaJulia RaRaJulia 10 years
Oh wow this looks sooooo delicious. I might grill up something like this for 4'th of July! I'm trying not to eat too heavy at the moment and I've been trying to cut down on my meat consumption, so I think making myself a few skewers of these babies would be great and I wouldn't feel left out from all my carnivorous friends! yay! -JR
PDavid PDavid 10 years
check this |--y-u-m-m-y--|> in a row haha
seespotrun seespotrun 10 years
Ooh, very clever w/the the rosemary branches as skewers.
1missy 1missy 10 years
yummy
hills hills 10 years
i dont like fish but i summed up the courage to try a scallop and they are delish, spesh with bacon and vinegar for a brunch. This looks so yum
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
Mmmmmmm....
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