These ginger teriyaki Traeger shrimp get a flavorful marinade before being smoked on a pellet grill for the most tender, flavorful shrimp you’ve ever had.
I never used to be a grill girl. That was something I always left to the dads and the husbands. They get such pleasure out of it, and I always felt too dumb to ask for someone to teach me how to use a charcoal grill.
(Dumb, I know. We all have our weak spots.)
Anyway. Last year we got a Traeger, and the rest is history. Ninety percent of the time when that thing is fired up, it’s me behind it.
I love it. I love experimenting with what I can cook on it, and in different ways. It’s like it’s own outdoor kitchen, kid you not.
What is a Traeger pellet grill
Traeger is a brand of pellet grills that are sold for home use and are intended for smoking meat, seafood, and more.
They are popular because they can maintain a steady temperature all on their own, without babysitting. And because of their wood pellets, they leave food with a flavor that is superior to anything cooked on a regular grill.
I was lucky enough to partner with Traeger last year for the blog, and they sent us an Ironwood 885 so we could smoke pork belly, use it to make homemade bacon, and then share it with all of you beautiful people!
Side note: A Traeger does not come assembled. You can watch a timelapse of our assembly on my YouTube channel here!
It’s worth mentioning that because of its controlled temperature, recipes exist for a wide variety of things to be smoked and/or baked including cocktails, cookies, pizza, and more.
But today – Traeger shrimp!
How long to BBQ shrimp
Imma be honest with you – it’s going to take you longer to heat up your Traeger than it is to cook these Traeger shrimp.
We’re only going to cook these Traeger shrimp a few minutes, so you’ll need to stay nearby. If you ask Google this question, they will tell you 5-7 minutes, and they’re not wrong.
Once your Traeger is preheated, cook the shrimp 2-3 minutes on one side, pop open the Traeger, flip them, and cook them 2-3 minutes more.
Yes, 500° is hot, but they will be fine, as long as you don’t walk away from them.
And while you have the grill on and heated up, throw on some other stuff to cook for the week. Chicken breasts, steaks, veggies – you can cook it all right on the Traeger, and you’ll feel like you didn’t waste all that time preheating it.
How to keep shrimp from getting rubbery
Don’t overcook them.
Really. It’s as simple as that. If your shrimp taste rubbery or hard to chew, they got overcooked.
Shrimp are small and tender, so they can be finicky. They’re one of those things that when they’re done, they’re done, and if they cook a minute or two longer, it’s game over.
It’s important to watch them while they cook. Their color can tell you a lot about their doneness. When they turn from translucent to opaque, they’re done.
Traeger shrimp variations
While I used a ginger teriyaki marinade for these shrimp, you can use the basic cooking instructions with any marinade or seasoning.
Here are some ideas:
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
- 1 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 1/2 tsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp minced ginger
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
- If using wooden skewers, place them in water to soak.
- Whisk together teriyaki sauce, lime juice, coconut aminos, ginger, garlic, and red pepper in a bowl.
- Add shrimp to bowl and toss to coat.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, up to 24 hours.
- Turn on Traeger and preheat on High (500°) with the lid closed for 10-15 minutes or until temperature is reached.
- While grill is preheating, pierce the shrimp onto skewers.
- Place skewers on the grill and cook with the lid closed for 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook 2-3 minutes more, until the shrimp turn pink and opaque.
- Remove from grill immediately. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve!
Wooden skewers can catch fire on a grill if they aren't pre-soaked. Just stick them in a pan with some water so they're submerged while your shrimp are marinating.
For the teriyaki sauce, I prefer to make my own (grab my recipe here!) or purchase the Primal Kitchen brand, which is soy and sugar free. If you're not particular, feel free to use whatever sauce you like!