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Appetizers / Snacks

Korean Shrimp Skewers with Honey-Gochujang Sauce

Where there are appetizers there must be something on a stick. And these Korean shrimp skewers are even more delicious than they look. This sweet and spicy sauce is so jam-packed with flavor, too, you’ll likely use it not only for this shrimp, but other grilled meats, seafood, and veggies. The biggest thing to keep in mind when making these skewers is the size of shrimp you use. Shrimp are sized according to how many make up a pound. For instance, 16/20 means there are 16–20 shrimp per pound. This size is often labeled as extra jumbo, but terminology varies depending on packaging, so be sure to look for the number. For this recipe, we opted to use 16/20 because they offer a hearty portion and take a bit longer to cook, which lowers the risk of overcooking them on the grill.


10 servings

Total Time

30 minutes + marinating

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Soak skewers in water.

Whisk together honey, gochujang, zest, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, scallion whites, and oil in a bowl; reserve half for a dipping sauce.

Toss shrimp in remaining honey mixture; let marinate 30 minutes.

Preheat grill to medium. Brush grill grate with oil.

Thread two shrimp onto two skewers; repeat with remaining shrimp and skewers. Grill shrimp until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.

Sprinkle shrimp with scallion greens and sesame seeds; serve with reserved sauce.

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