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grilled chili shrimp-hI love shrimp!  There I admit it…I L.O.V.E those cute little things!  Since I was a little kid I have always been a fan.  One of my earliest memories involves this favorite treat.  There was a restaurant in Houston that I loved, JoJo’s.  It was a family type of place that we ate at quite often and I would always get their fried shrimp.  To my 6 year old self this was without a doubt the BEST dinner ever…I didn’t care that they were frozen, rubbery or over cooked (really over fried, but I don’t think that is a legitimate cooking term)…none of that mattered to me … I loved my JoJo’s fried shrimp.  

My mom and MeeMaw tell the story that everytime we would pass the restaurant on the freeway that I would yell “JoJo Shrimp” over and over again,  now I don’t remember that exactly, but I do remember the shrimp (and the huge aquarium in the middle of the dining room)…anyway not important.  

As I have got a little older (just go with me on the little part) my love for the cute little things has only grown.  Not only do I still love a good fried version, my love has grown to broiled, roasted and of course grilled….and this grilled version is a perfect balance of heat with a  little sweet making it perfection.

4 servings

Chili Grilled Shrimp

Grilled shrimp with just a little bit of heat in each bite making them a perfect addition to dinner tonight

5 minPrep Time

7 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled & deveined (16-18 count)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  • Place shrimp in a large flat surface (I used a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper)
  • In a small bowl combine chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt & pepper
  • Sprinkle over shrimp and toss to coat completely
  • Heat grill pan (or outside grill with a grill plate over the the grates, or thick aluminum foil)
  • Drizzle olive oil over pan
  • Lay shrimp in a single layer on grill pan, cooking for 3-4 minutes, or until tails begin to curl
  • Flip and continue cooking until they are cooked through (about 2-3 additional minutes)
  • Remove & serve
  • ENJOY!


Each serving (4-5 shrimp) is 3 WW Smart Points: Nutritional Info Calories 178 Calories from Fat 54 Total Fat 6.0g Saturated Fat 1.2g Cholesterol 239mg Sodium 879mg Potassium 261mg Total Carbohydrates 4.1g Dietary Fiber 1.0g Protein 26.4g Vitamin A 18% - Vitamin C 3% - Calcium 12% - Iron 8% Nutrition Grade B+

We served this shrimp with our new favorite risotto to make it a light and pretty healthy dinner, but it would great with pasta dressed in a lemon butter sauce or with some cheese grits (ok now I am craving shrimp & grits).

If it is not outside grilling time in your part of the world you can definitely grill these inside on your favorite grill pan or even sear them in a hot skillet.

 Bring a little kick to dinner tonight!

Happy (half) Baked Life – MJ

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