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.


Pesto Shrimp Skewers

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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes


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


  • Place the pesto and shrimp in a bowl and marinate for 30 minutes covered in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat oven broiler.
  • Place the shrimp on skewers (if you use wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes before skewering).
  • Place skewers on a cookie sheet and cook under the broiler for 3 minutes (there’s no need to turn them).


Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 740mg
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Catherine is a 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.


  1. 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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