Pesto Shrimp Skewers


Kenya has become a shrimp addict. Every time I take him to the grocery with me (which is often), we stop by the seafood counter and as soon as he sees the beautifully arranged shrimp he barks, "I want shrimp!"

Shrimp are a great source of calcium and protein for kids. In my experience, little kids love them because they're easy to chew, sweet and delicious. The best part for parents is they take no time to prepare (buy them shelled and deveined), they're easy to cook (literally minutes from bag to plate) and if you buy them frozen and defrost them on your own, they're also easy on the wallet.

When I put these skewers on Kenya's plate for dinner, he looked up at me and said, "shrimp, I love them"! That is one addiction I can live with.

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Pesto Shrimp Skewers (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 3 mins

egg free

nut free

gluten free


  • 1/4 cup pesto (recipe linked below)
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined


1. Place the pesto and shrimp in a bowl and marinate for 30 minutes covered in the refrigerator.

2. Preheat oven broiler.

3. Place the shrimp on skewers (if you use wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes before skewering).

4. Place skewers on a cookie sheet and cook under the broiler for 3 minutes (there’s no need to turn them).



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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • Elizabeth

    Loved this...wondering if you could do the same thing with bbq sauce or other marinades?

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    • Catherine

      Sure! :)

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  • Pris

    This may be a stupid question but do I have to use skewers? Can I just put them in the broiler?

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  • Roxy

    alternative for basil in the pesto?

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  • Tourism

    Hi...I can’t wait to try this one! I have really enjoyed the recipes on this site.It will definitely taste different; I’m trying it soon.

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