Grilled Spicy Mustard Shrimp

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These Grilled Spicy Mustard Shrimp are an easy and flavorful grilled meal...perfect for busy summer evenings!Our house is booby trapped.  No, I don’t have trip wires running across the front porch.  No, I don’t have buckets of water strategically placed over the backdoor.  I’ve got something far better.  I’ve got kids’ toys.

Robbie has been mobile for some time now, and his favorite thing to do is scatter toys across every walk-able square foot.  Seriously.  I pick him up from day care in the afternoons, and the first thing he does when we walk in the door is get his balls from his toy basket and throw them across the kitchen.  In turn, Laura and I go around every evening cleaning up all of his toys.  He has blocks scattered from the living room to the kitchen and back again.  His toy piano is often sitting right in the middle of the room.  And any number of balls and other toys can be found in between.  We diligently clean it all up each night.  And he diligently spreads it all over the house again the next day.

These Grilled Spicy Mustard Shrimp are an easy and flavorful grilled meal...perfect for busy summer evenings!At some point, we just stopped cleaning it all up.  I mean we do kinda push his toys into one corner half of the room, but we just gave up on trying to keep the house neat and clean.  I guess that’s what happens when you have a kid, right?  I’m ok with it.  Really I am!  Well, that is until last night when I got up from the couch to let the dogs out.  In the process, I managed to step on not one, but two of Robbie’s toys.  Both starting playing songs.  I just stood there looking at them, and we did the only thing we could do.  We laughed hysterically.

Last week, Max (one of our dogs) walked by and sniffed Robbie’s play table.  Sure enough, it started playing a song.  Once again, we just laughed.  But these toys are not all fun and games.  You see, we have a little stuffed star that plays Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.  I’m not sure where it came from, but it’s cute.  However, it’s not cute at 2:16am.  I’m convinced that star is possessed.  Last week, it just started playing randomly in the middle of the night.  (Lucky for us, the star was laying next to our bed at the time.)  I think Laura muttered something to the effect of, “Gimme the scissors.  I’m gonna take care of that star.”  So far, the star is still in tact, but I suspect it may not stay that way very long.  It randomly goes off at least once a day.

These Grilled Spicy Mustard Shrimp are an easy and flavorful grilled meal...perfect for busy summer evenings!In between the daily chores and deftly avoiding Robbie’s toys, we also have to find time to make dinner.  Summer tends to have more activities, and we spend more time outside.  But that means dinner time often sneaks up on us, and we have no idea what to make.  I know you guys can identify with this!  These Grilled Spicy Mustard Shrimp are one of our go-to’s when we don’t have any leftovers hanging out in the fridge.

One of my good buddies taught me this Grilled Spicy Mustard Shrimp recipe years ago when I lived down in Baton Rouge.  I was comfortable enough grilling burgers and hot dogs, but I was still afraid to tackle things like grilled shrimp.  This recipe couldn’t be any easier if it tried!  The shrimp marinate in a quick Italian dressing + spicy mustard mixture for about 20 minutes or so.  That’s just enough to get the grill up and ready.  These shrimp have a ton of flavor thanks to the marinade, and shrimp cook super quickly.  So together that means delicious grilled food fast!

These Grilled Spicy Mustard Shrimp are an easy and flavorful grilled meal...perfect for busy summer evenings!I always use French’s Spicy Brown Mustard when making these Grilled Spicy Mustard Shrimp.  The bold flavor of this mustard is perfect for marinades!  Truthfully, I always keep a bottle of French’s Spicy Brown Mustard in the fridge as it’s one of my favorite condiments for sandwiches.  A little sliced Cajun deli turkey + spicy mustard on a toasted English muffin.  That’s my idea of a quick and easy lunch!  And we often have Italian dressing hanging out in the fridge or pantry, too…so there ya have it.  A quick and easy shrimp marinade!  (I bet this marinade would be good on grilled chicken, too…I’ll have to try that out sometime.)

French’s is known for it’s Classic Yellow mustard, but we often keep their bold Spicy Brown mustard and creamy Dijon mustard around, too.  Each one is delicious, but each one is different.  For burgers, I prefer Dijon.  For hot dogs, I prefer Classic Yellow.  And then the Spicy Brown is my secret ingredient for quick marinades and salad dressings.  If you come to our house for a summer party, you’ll likely find 3 different mustard options.  Because that’s how we roll around here.

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These Grilled Spicy Mustard Shrimp are an easy and flavorful grilled meal...perfect for busy summer evenings!I hope your summer is going well so far!  Pull the grill out one night this week and enjoy these Grilled Spicy Mustard Shrimp for dinner!

These Grilled Spicy Mustard Shrimp are an easy and flavorful grilled meal...perfect for busy summer evenings!

Grilled Spicy Mustard Shrimp

This Grilled Spicy Mustard Shrimp is an easy and flavorful grilled meal...perfect for busy summer evenings!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 210kcal



  • Soak skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before using.
  • Using a small bowl, whisk all ingredients except for shrimp and peppers together until well combined.
  • Place shrimp and peppers in a large bowl. Add marinade and toss until well coated; set aside to marinate for 15-20 minutes.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  • Thread shrimp and peppers onto separate skewers. Place skewers with peppers on grill and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Rotate pepper skewers and add shrimp skewers to grill. Let shrimp grill 2-3 minutes per side, or until pink in color and fully cooked.
  • Remove shrimp and peppers from the grill and serve over rice.

These Grilled Spicy Mustard Shrimp are an easy and flavorful grilled meal...perfect for busy summer evenings!

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  1. The shrimp sounds delicious. I have never used mustard with shrimp, so I am going to have to try this recipe. I can just see Robbie scattering his toys around the house. My grandkids love to do the same thing when they come to visit us.

    1. Do give this recipe a shot, Dawn! It’s seriously SO easy to make, and it’s so tasty. Plus, it can easily be done on a weeknight which means bonus points! And what is it about kids just scattering toys?? I think they’re just giving us old folks something to do after they go to bed. Haha!

  2. OMG Cookie used to have a ball that was possessed! It spoke in this creepy robot voice and was supposed to go off only when rolled, but it went off ALL THE TIME. I felt bad throwing it away because it was a gift from my sister but seriously it was the creepiest thing ever. I was afraid it would come to life and smother me while I slept or something. As a mustard fanatic I have to say that this shrimp sounds like the perfect summer meal. LOVING that marinade! Hope you have a great day David!

    1. Hahaha…so you totally understand the creepy toys thing! I wonder what Cookie thought about the possessed ball that talked on its own. She was probably all like, “silly Kelsie giving me this ball. It’s broken.” 🙂 This shrimp is SO darned easy to make, Kelsie. It’s perfect for a weeknight in the summer when you want to grill…but haven’t planned ahead. I hope you’re not melting away into nothing out there in Phoenix, my friend! Because that would be sad.

  3. That’s so funny, David! We don’t have kids, but we do have a fur baby and he has toys all over the living room floor. I’m sure there’s, like, 6 there at any given time. They have taken up permanent residence on the floor and I don’t even notice them any more, which is either a good thing or a bad thing, lol 😀
    I’ve never paired shrimp with mustard before, but I do love both ingredients. Love how easy this comes together and how healthy it is (perfect summer eats if you ask me). I’m sure this one will make an appearance real soon! Happy Monday, my friend 🙂 P.S. watch those booby traps 😉

    1. First off, I love the new pic, Dawn! 🙂 So, yes, I totally get fur kids and their toys, too. We’ve always had a healthy amount of dog toys scattered around the house, so now it’s just dog toys and Robbie toys! Hey, what’s one more toy when the floor is scattered with ’em already? Haha!

      So this shrimp is definitely a recipe to keep in mind! It’s perfect when you want to grill out, but didn’t plan ahead…in fact, you can totally pull this off on a weeknight. Mmmm…grilled deliciousness on a weeknight! 🙂 Thanks so much, my friend!

  4. Hi David. Grilled shrimp are perfect for hot summer nights and these sound delicious. In fact, I think you’ve just decided what we are having for dinner tonight. I’ve got you beat, I have six kinds of mustard in my frig. 🙂

    1. These marinated shrimp are seriously perfect for summer! They come together so quickly that they’re perfect for those nights when you just don’t know what to make for dinner. And really all you need is mustard and Italian dressing. 🙂 Man…6 kinds of mustard!?! I thought I was going to win with 3. But that competition isn’t even close. Haha! But it does confirm that we have very similar tastebuds!

  5. David, I think Robbie clearly shows areas of responsibility to his parents. Obviously, he’s responsible for spreading his toys around the house (Do you think he might spread them according to feng shui?) while you guys are responsive for keeping the house neat. Totally makes sense. But those toys might be quite creepy. I recall one my nephew had when he was a kid, and that toy could react on a night sneeze or caugh and start to vigorously sing and move in the box. Grilled shrimp pehaps make the best summer food (along with flatbread and bruschettas), and this combo of flavors is so good.

    1. So while it would be fun to think that Robbie is spreading his toys in a feng shui manner, I’m going to just put it out there that it totally isn’t. It’s usually him carrying a toy along until something else catches his attention. Then the toy gets dropped and he’s off to the next source of entertainment! But fortunately there’s easy meals like this grilled shrimp for those nights when Laura and I are busy cleaning up after the little guy. Haha! Thanks so much, Ben!

  6. Now you are talking. I love me some seafood, I don’t eat meat, not only seafood and veggies for protein, which is a tasty treat every night. Mustard is usually my secret ingredient but I’ve never used it with shrimp. LOL, I can only imagine tiptoeing around Robby’s booby-trapped masterpiece. Cleaning after kids sounds so exhausting I have a hard time keeping my house clean with just me living here.

    1. You know what’s funny, Mary? I think about you whenever I make something with meat. I mean we do eat meat here, but I’m always like, “I wonder if Mary can adapt this one somehow.” True story! But no adapting needed here…just a grill! 🙂 Do try mustard with shrimp. The mustard + Italian dressing combo makes for a quick and easy marinade…and perfect for summer nights!

      Oh man, cleaning up after Robbie was something I just wasn’t prepared for. I mean we do it. No big deal. But I just didn’t realize how easily a kid can spread toys across an entire house! He literally wipes out the house every day…especially on the weekends. But that’s ok. I have weeknight nights to clean up after him. Hah!

  7. Oh my goodness those shrimps look so tasty David. You’ve reminded me that I haven’t had shrimp in a long time and I think it’s time to change that. I love marinating things and tasting the ingrained flavour once it’s cooked, especially on skewers. Yum!

    Take care and watch out for that possessed star now! Ha ha! 😉

    1. Yes! You definitely should throw some shrimp on the grill here soon, Neil! The best part is how easily and quickly they cook. This marinade is super simple, and the whole meal comes together in no time at all. Perfect for a weeknight when you want grilled food but don’t have anything in mind! 🙂 Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I hear a star playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star somewhere. Haha!

  8. Yum! That mustard sauce sound wonderful with the shrimps! Love the grilled peppers too. Awesome Job, David! This to me is the perfect happy dinner. Enjoy summer and your time with your family!

    1. Why thank you very much, Balvinder! 🙂 These grilled shrimp have a ton of flavor, and they’re so easy to make. Nice and easy, and perfect for a busy weeknight during the summer. I hope you are doing well!

  9. Hahaha – I know that push-all-the-toys-to-a-corner stage quite well! In fact, when Lil Shashi was little, I ended up pushing all her toys into the guest room and it ended up as her playroom! Then I stumbled on Barney’s clean up song and dude! THAT song – changed our lives!!! No Lie!!! Even though that guest room stayed as her playroom till she was a tween – at least I didn’t go into panic mode every time my parents or family came for a long visit.
    By the way – I’ve had a mean craving for shrimp these past few months and have been simply sauteing them with spices – but this version with a marinade that consists of Italian dressing, spicy brown mustard, red wine vinegar and lemon juice sounds fabulous! I’ve so gotta try this! P.S. Heard about the heat wave up there – hope it cools down some for y’all!

    1. Ok, first of all…remind me to thank you later for getting that Barney song stuck in my head. Haha! But seriously, we are just starting to teach Robbie to put his toys away. It’s a bit of a hit or miss game, but at least it’s heading in the right direction. Oh, and if you’re on the shrimp train lately, then you definitely need to try this one out. It’s so darned easy! And it’s super tasty, too. Thanks, Shashi! 🙂

    1. Using spicy mustard is such an easy marinade, too, Jeff! Throw it on the grill and it tastes like summer in your mouth…minus the freshly cut grass and hose water. 🙂

  10. Almost spooky that star going off at random times. And 2am? Definitely not a welcome way to wake up.

    We’ve been grilling shrimp on repeat and I’m always looking for new recipes to try. This looks right up our alley!

    1. Haha…yeah, that silly star toy playing a song in the middle of the night is most definitely NOT how you want to wake up at 2am. I hear ya about shrimp on the grill. It’s so easy! And this marinade is crazy easy and crazy tasty, too. Give it a shot sometime! 🙂 Thanks!!

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