Chile Ginger Marinated Shrimp with Watermelon Salsa

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These Chile Ginger Marinated Shrimp with Watermelon Salsa are made with simple ingredients and flavorful spices for an easy summer meal guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. Serve them with veggie kabobs, over rice, shrimp tacos, and more! 

Overhead image of grilled skewered shrimp on a platter of rice with a side of watermelon salsa.

Chile Ginger Marinated Shrimp…Two Ways!

Remember that Pineapple Watermelon Salsa recipe I shared? Well, you didn’t think I’d leave you hanging with nothing to serve it with did you? Of course not! Don’t get me wrong, pineapple salsa is great with pretty much everything from Tortilla Chips to Mango Chile Chicken Bowls, but I figured why not spice things up a bit by pairing it with grilled shrimp skewers! After all, nothing says summertime quite like fresh fruit and grilled meat. Am I right? 

In my opinion, the best part about this recipe is how quickly it comes together! For easy cooking, I’m providing an option for broiled shrimp as well as grilled shrimp so you can experience the taste of summer regardless of your kitchen situation. After all, I don’t know about you, but when the weather turns hot, the last thing I want to be doing is sweating over a hot stovetop or waiting for hours standing at the grill. Luckily, this recipe lets you get back to all the festivities in a jiffy! 

Ingredients for Grilled Shrimp Skewers & Their Benefits 

Not only are the ingredients for this recipe simple and easy to find, they’re also budget-friendly and great for your health! Does it get much better than that? Take a look below to find out exactly what you need, and how each item can help improve your digestion, immune system, and more. 

Wild Caught Shrimp – Rich in protein, shrimp also provide 20 different essential vitamins and minerals. With just one serving providing 50% of your daily Selenium needs, shrimp help reduce inflammation and promote heart health.

Did you know? Fish and shrimp that are wild-caught are different from those that have been farmed! Oftentimes, farmed seafood is loaded with different antibiotics and preservatives, but the use of these chemicals is banned on wild-caught varieties meaning you’re left with all the tasty health benefits with none of the harmful chemicals.

Garlic – Rich in vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, and Manganese; garlic can help improve your immunity, reduce blood pressure, lower the risk of heart disease, and more. 

Ginger – Long used for its medicinal properties, ginger can help treat nausea, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and reduce pain just to name a few benefits. 

Sesame Oil – A healthy fat source, sesame oil is high in antioxidants that can help improve heart health, control blood sugar, and reduce the symptoms of arthritis and inflammation. However, you want to be sure you’re using a high-quality oil, preferably expeller (cold-pressed) that is not bleached. 

Lime Juice – Limes are high in vitamin C and antioxidants that help boost your immunity. 

Honey – Loaded with antioxidants, honey can help lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of developing diabetes, and can even help reduce coughs in children over 1 year of age. 

Pro-Tip: To get the most bang for your buck, as well as health benefits, make sure you’re using locally made raw honey!

Of course, we can’t forget the Pineapple Watermelon Salsa either. Add it on top, serve it on the side, or use it as a dip. Whatever works for you! 

Grilled vs. Broiled: Two Cooking Methods for Perfect Shrimp!

Close up image of marinated grilled shrimp.

As promised, we’re delivering two cooking methods so you can enjoy delicious shrimp all summer long come rain or shine! Take a look at the tips below to learn how to prepare perfectly broiled shrimp or an expertly grilled version. 

Regardless of which method you’re using, you’ll first want to marinate your shrimp in a large bowl for 20-30 minutes. This is the secret to locking in flavor and preventing your shrimp from overcooking. 

Then, if you’re making broiled shrimp, you’ll want to preheat the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit for quick cooking and line a baking sheet so that the shrimp do not stick to the pan and burn.

Or, if you’re opting for grilled shrimp kabobs, make sure to soak your skewers ahead of time to prevent splintering and keep them from burning up on the grill. This takes about 30 minutes, so I recommend letting them soak while the shrimp marinades. When you’re ready to cook, don’t forget to spray your grill with an oil spray! 

Pro-Tip: To save time and reduce waste, opt for metal skewers. These do not need to be pre-soaked and can be used again and again.

With both methods, you’ll know your shrimp has finished cooking when it turns an opaque whitish color. 

What to serve it with:

Grilled shrimp is perfect for any BBQ graze board or surf and turf (of course), but feel free to serve this up as the main dish with some of our favorite sides such as Cauliflower Fried Rice, Air Fried Asparagus or Green Goddess Pasta Salad. This marinated shrimp is equally delicious on top of Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash, or as an alternate to Shrimp Caesar Spinach Salad.

Close up image of watermelon salsa plated with broiled shrimp and rice.

Meal Prep and Storage Tips!

How to thaw shrimp the night before
If you plan ahead and have time to thaw your shrimp overnight, just remove them from the freezer, and place them in the fridge overnight. They should be good to go in the morning! 

How to thaw shrimp quickly
If you’re making dinner in a pinch, the easiest (and fastest) way to thaw your shrimp is to place them in a large Ziploc bag, and submerge them in a bowl of cold water. Let them sit for 10-20 minutes, remove them from the bowl, and pat dry using paper towels. 

How to store leftover marinated shrimp
Luckily, if you find yourself getting a little carried away with making your shrimp skewers, they make for great meal prep! Store any leftovers you have in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Or, toss them in the freezer for up to 3-6 months. Just be sure to let them cool beforehand. Then, place them in a Ziploc bag leaving about ¼ inch room. 

How to reheat precooked shrimp
To reheat shrimp, pop them in the microwave or toss them on a skillet. Just be sure not to cook them for more than a minute or two as they could become rubbery! 

Even more great shrimp recipes! 


Overhead image of grilled skewered shrimp on a platter of rice with a side of watermelon salsa.

Chile Ginger Marinated Shrimp with Watermelon Salsa

  • Author:
    Lindsay Cotter

  • Prep Time:
    5 minutes

  • Chill Time:
    30 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    5 minutes

  • Total Time:
    40 minutes

  • Yield:

  • Diet:
    Gluten Free


These Chile Ginger Broiled Marinated Shrimp with Watermelon Salsa are made with simple ingredients and flavorful spices for an easy summer meal guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. Serve them with veggie kabobs, over rice, shrimp tacos, and more!


  • 1 pound large shrimp, deveined, peeled, tail on
  • 3 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut aminos or tamari
  • 1 Tablespoon Asian chili sauce (gluten free)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • sea salt to taste
  • sesame seeds to garnish, optional
  • pineapple watermelon salsa for plating 


  1. Whisk marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Combine shrimp and marinade together in a ziplock bag or bowl, reserving 1-2 Tablespoons for brushing the shrimp while it cooks. Cover and refrigerate in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. 
  2. While the shrimp is marinating, prepare the salsa. Combine the salsa ingredients together in a small metal or glass bowl. Toss and cover then chill in the fridge until ready to serve. 
  3. Broiled Shrimp: Preheat broiler to 500F. Line sheet pan with foil. Place shrimp on pre-soaked skewers (if desired) then on the lined sheet pan. Place pan in the oven and broil for 5-6 minutes total, turning halfway through.
  4. Grilled Shrimp: If grilling with wood skewers, be sure to soak skewers in water first, preheat the grill, and spray with cooking oil. Place shrimp on pre-soaked skewers and grill for 5-6 minutes total, flipping halfway through.
  5. Shrimp will be opaque with whitish color when fully cooked and will continue to cook once you’ve removed it from the heat.
  6. Brush shrimp with extra marinade and sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving.
  7. Serve with watermelon salsa or any of the other delicious sides mentioned in the post. 


Nutrition for Pineapple Watermelon Salsa: Calories Per Serving: 30, Total Fat 0.1g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 75.8mg, Total Carbohydrate 7g, Dietary Fiber 1.4g, Sugars 4.4g, Protein 0.7g

  • Category: main dish
  • Method: oven or grill
  • Cuisine: american


  • Serving Size: 7-9 medium shrimp

Keywords: shrimp, marinated, grilled, broiled, oven, summer, seafood, watermelon, pineapple, salsa

Do you prefer to grill or broil your food? Let me know in the comments below! 




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