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Sweet Chili Shrimp Easy BBQ by Glenn Connaughton

Easy BBQ by Glenn Connaughton, Recipes, Seafood

Indulge in Thai-Inspired Bliss: Grilled Sweet Chili Shrimp with a Fiery Kick

Indulge in Thai-inspired goodness with our Grilled Sweet Chili Shrimp. Savory, sweet, and spicy, featuring sambal oelek chili-garlic sauce. Recipe by Glenn Connaughton. Read more about Glenn here.

Sweet Chili Shrimp Easy BBQ by Glenn Connaughton

Sweet Chili Shrimp

This recipe is a sweet, savory, and spicy Thai-inspired dish that is easy to make and can be done in 15 minutes. This dish features a chili-garlic sauce called sambal oelek, which is found in the international aisle of most grocery stores. It comes in a plastic jar and typically features a rooster on the label with a green lid; it should not be confused with sriracha.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Grill Heating Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course




  • 2/3 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 2 pounds raw extra-jumbo 16/20 shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil


  • In a small bowl, stir together the chili sauce, sambal oelek, lime juice, sugar, and salt.
  • Place the shrimp in a gallon-size zip-top bag and add half the marinade. Reserve the remaining marinade. Seal the bag while pressing out any air. Massage the sauce over the shrimp.
  • Preheat the grill to high heat (400°F) for direct heat cooking by lighting the heat source (or piling coals) in the spot that will be directly under the food. Put the oil on a folded paper towel and use a large pair of tongs to wipe down the grill grate with it.
  • Using the tongs, place the shrimp on the grill and discard the marinade from the bag. Grill the shrimp for 5 minutes, flip them, and grill for 4 to 5 minutes more. The shrimp are done when they start to curl and the outsides are pink.
  • Serve immediately with the reserved marinade for dipping.


EZ BBQ TIP: I like using extra-jumbo shrimp as they are really meaty and large enough not to fall through the grill grates. If you can only find smaller varieties, use a grill pan so the shrimp do not fall through the grates.
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