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Portuguese Grilled Shrimp with Piri-Piri Sauce

Two skewers of grilled shrimp with piri-piri sauce in a dish on the side.
This Portuguese grilled shrimp with piri-piri calls for the shrimp to be marinated in a hot pepper sauce then grilled. A classic recipe and a quick weeknight dinner.
David Leite

Prep 30 mins
Cook 6 mins
Total 3 hrs
4 to 6 servings
297 kcal


  • Skewers


  • 2 1/2 pounds jumbo shrimp shelled and deveined
  • 3/4 cup Piri-Piri Sauce or store-bought hot sauce plus more for serving
  • 2 lemons cut into wedges
  • Kosher salt


  • Combine the shrimp and piri-piri sauce in a large resealable plastic bag and toss to coat. Place the bag in a shallow dish and place it in the fridge to marinate, turning it a few times, for several hours.
  • Heat a gas or charcoal grill to medium arranging for indirect heat. Thread the shrimp and lemon wedges on skewers and season with salt. Grill the shrimp over indirect heat, turning several times, until just opaque, about 6 minutes. For an extra spike of flavor, brush the skewers with fresh piri-piri sauce just before serving.