We took advantage of the nice weather this past weekend to grill more than once. We had this meal for dinner on Sunday night. By that point, it was definitely a little too chilly out to be grilling, but we braved the cold to get it done. It was our first time grilling shrimp and we think we overcooked them a little, but this was still a really delicious meal! The marinade really imparted a nice flavor to the shrimp without overwhelming them.

I’ve posted the original recipe below, but I made several adaptations to it. I didn’t use any bell peppers since I don’t really like them. Instead, I threaded some cherry tomatoes onto the skewers. I also threaded some shallots on the skewers as well for a little more variety. Finally, I just ate the skewers by themselves, without any rice, though I do think the shrimp and veggies would be amazing atop some rice. Perhaps next time…

Grilled Teriyaki Shrimp
from Weight Watchers Complete Cookbook, by Weight Watchers

1 1/4 pounds large shrimp, peeled (tails left on) and deveined
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce/marinade (recipe below)
1/2 medium fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 red bell peppers, seeded and finely chopped
4 cups cooked white rice
4 scallions, sliced on the diagonal

Teriyaki Sauce/Marinade

1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger

In a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine all the ingredients. Cover and shake well.

Place the shrimp in a large zip-close plastic bag and pour in 1/4 cup of the marinade. Seal the bag, squeezing out the air; turn to coat the shrimp. Refrigerate, turning the bag occasionally, at least 2 hours.

Spray the grill rack with nonstick spray. If using wooden skewers, soak 8 (12-inch) skewers in cold water. Preheat the grill.

Drain and discard the marinade. Alternately thread the shrimp, pineapple and bell peppers on 8 wooden or metal skewers. Grill the kebabs 5 inches from the heat, turning frequently, until the shrimp are cooked through, 12-15 minutes. Serve over the rice, sprinkled with the remaining 2 tablespoons teriyaki marinade and the scallions.

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