Asian Shrimp Skewers

Margie Bruner - Glory Kitchen

by: Margie Bruner, owner of Glory Kitchen

This Asian Shrimp Skewer appetizer has a presentation ‘wow’ factor when serving to guests, but who knew this pretty platter could be put together quickly with only 6 simple ingredients?  Easy is the best way to describe the process for this shrimp appetizer but sweet and fresh describes the surprising taste.  In one biteful you get a burst of juicy grape and the soft, buttery taste of fresh shrimp.  Paired with that is an Asian flavor surprise from our Glory Kitchen Penang nut & spice mix – crunchy peanuts, sesame seeds, and a touch of red pepper heat.

These little shrimps can be prepared ahead and stored in the fridge until the guests arrive.  We served these skewers with a crisp white wine but any fresh, fruity cocktail would pair perfectly with these juicy shrimp bites.  For this dish I chose to use red grapes but using green grapes would add a pretty peach and green contrast, and of course using other Glory Kitchen nut blends would also work well.  Using the Cairo blend (Middle Eastern) or Mumbai blend (Indian) would take this shrimp appetizer in a whole new direction.

Asian Shrimp Skewers

Yield: 6-10 servings


    for the shrimp skewers:
  • Penang nut & spice mix
  • 1 lb. large to extra large shrimp, uncooked, with shells
  • 1 bunch red grapes
  • asian dressing (see recipe below)
  • toothpicks
  • cilantro, for garnish
  • sea salt (optional)
  • for the asian dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tahini


  1. Whisk together the ingredients for the Asian dressing and set aside.
  2. Peel each shrimp, leaving the tails intact. To devein each individual shrimp, run a small paring knife down the back of the shrimp (from the head to the tail). Using your fingers, remove the vein along the backside as you gently rinse it under running water. Set aside the cleaned shrimp.
  3. Take a toothpick and, beginning directly under the tail, spear it through the shrimp and a single red grape, then through the base of the shrimp. The grape should sit securely in the "c" curve of the shrimp. Do this to each one of the shrimps.
  4. Using a small spoon, drizzle the Asian dressing over the lower part of your shrimp skewer, then sprinkle it with plenty of Penang nut & spice mix. Arrange it on a serving platter. Continue until the bottom half of each shrimp skewer is dressed with the Penang nut blend. Sprinkle the shrimps with a touch of sea salt. Cover the platter and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Just before serving to guests, garnish the shrimp skewers with sprigs and leaves of fresh cilantro.

Asian Shrimp Skewers - Glory Kitchen
Asian Shrimp Skewers - Glory Kitchen
Asian Shrimp Skewers - Glory Kitchen
Asian Shrimp Skewers - Glory Kitchen
Asian Shrimp Skewers - Glory Kitchen
Asian Shrimp Skewers - Glory Kitchen
Asian Shrimp Skewers - Glory Kitchen