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Salt-Crusted Shrimp with Greek Dipping Sauce

Salt-Crusted Shrimp with Greek Dipping Sauce

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Prep 15 mins
  • Grill 6 mins to 8 mins
  • Stand 20 mins

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  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 jumbo or colossal shrimp in the shell (or frozen black tiger shrimp) (about 2 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coarse kosher salt


  1. For dipping sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup oil, lemon peel, and juice. Stir in oregano, garlic, and pepper. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes (Or, make up to to 12 hours ahead; cover and chill. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.)
  2. For shrimp: Using a small sharp knife, make a slit about 1/8-inch deep down the backs of the shrimp and remove the vein but do not remove the shells. Place the shrimp in a large bowl and toss with 3 tablespoons olive oil to lightly coat.
  3. Sprinkle salt over the shrimp and toss to coat evenly.
  4. For a charcoal grill, grill shrimp on the greased rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals 3 to 4 minutes per side or until shrimp shells are pink and the flesh is opaque. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place shrimp on greased grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.) Serve immediately with dipping sauce.


  • Serving Tip: This is my favorite party "ice breaker" appetizer. I place the oil-tossed shrimp in a bowl on a tray with a small bowl of the kosher salt, my tongs, lots of napkins, a platter and the prepared dipping sauce. Once everyone is armed with a cocktail, we hit the deck to start the party. While we are talking, I toss the shrimp in the salt, grill them and place them on the platter. Then the fun begins, everyone takes a shrimp, peels and dips it in the sauce for a fun, casual and interactive appetizer! By the time the shrimp, and our cocktails are gone we are either fast friends or better friends! Alternatively, you can arrange 4 shrimp on each serving plate and accompany with a small ramekin of the dipping sauce but the girls think serving them hot off the grill is so much more fun!

Nutrition Facts

(Salt-Crusted Shrimp with Greek Dipping Sauce)

Servings Per Recipe 4, sodium (mg) 1217, calcium (mg) 101, cal. (kcal) 516, vit. A (IU) 292, iron (mg) 4, pro. (g) 35, vit. C (mg) 12, carb. (g) 4, Fat, total (g) 40, chol. (mg) 259, sat. fat (g) 6

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