Grilled Rosemary Shrimp {Whole30 Compliant}

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Grilled rosemary shrimp is an easy dinner recipe to make, and it is packed with flavor! It’s low-carb, Keto friendly, and Whole30 compliant.

Rosemary shrimp on baking sheet

We love grilling this Rosemary Shrimp in the summer. There’s something about the smell of the BBQ and the casual atmosphere that makes it one of my favorite ways of cooking. Especially since it doesn’t require heating up the kitchen. This grilled shrimp marinade has all the delicious flavors to make it a summertime favorite. (This post was originally published on May 13th, 2013 and has been updated to contain nutritional information. As an Amazon Affiliate, I may earn commission on qualifying purchases.)

What Makes this Grilled Rosemary Shrimp Keto and Whole30 compliant?

The ingredients! When you stop cooking with, mixes, boxes, canned soup and other packaged products, and just use simple ingredients, it’s amazing how many dishes become instantly healthier. We’re taught that the Mediterranean Diet is the gold standard for healthier eating. This shrimp recipe fits the bill.

Garlic and lemon

Just olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper, are all that’s needed for this deliciously simple recipe. Because there is no dairy, it is also Whole30 compliant. I’ve been using this simple marinade for years. Who knew 30 years ago that it would one day be considered Whole30 and Keto as well?

What size shrimp should I use for grilled shrimp?

Use the largest size shrimp you can afford. Using small shrimp will not have the same results. If you can, look for wild caught shrimp. Again, this is not a “budget” recipe. But it’s still so much further than going out to eat in a restaurant! Using wild caught shrimp is best. Read more about why you shouldn’t buy farmed shrimp here.

grilled rosemary shrimp

A word about shrimp sizing.

In the culinary world, shrimp are referred to not by terms like “jumbo” or “extra large”, but rather by approximately how many are in a pound. So for example, a chef might ask for 10-15’s or 16-20’s depending on the dish he or she is preparing. For something like Ceviche, you can choose shrimp that’s much smaller, say 21-25’s, or even 25-30’s. For this recipe, I found “10-15” shrimp, and bought a little over a pound. I counted 18 shrimp.

shrimp in dish

Can I substitute ingredients for grilled shrimp?

While you can sometimes substitute ingredients in a recipe in a pinch, this is one time when you’ll want to use quality ingredients. For this recipe, you’ll need fresh lemon juice, fresh, not jarred or powdered garlic and fresh, not dried rosemary. When you cook with so few ingredients, you’ll be able to taste each ingredient, so make sure it’s the best!

rosemary on cutting board

How long does shrimp have to marinade for?

The nice thing about cooking with fish and seafood, is that it doesn’t need to marinade for very long. Marinate this shrimp for between 30 minutes to one hour.

Marinating shrimp

What’s in this grilled shrimp marinade?

You can read more about the differences between “marinate”, “marinade” and “macerate” here. A marinade needs to have an acid, an oil, and seasoning.

Shrimp marinade

The acid of the lemon balances nicely with the strong resiny rosemary. As with any recipe, check the flavor of the marinade before adding it to the fish. Check for balance. Does it taste delicious? Is it too acidic? Add some more oil. Is to too “oily”? Add some additional lemon. Remember to season liberally with salt and pepper. Is it garlicky enough for you? I used three garlic cloves, but as with anything, my cloves could be smaller, my lemons larger than yours, so that’s when personal tastes comes into play.

What can I serve with grilled rosemary shrimp?

Since this is a Mediterranean inspired dish, I like to serve Grilled Vegetables or a Greek Salad. I sometimes serve it with cauliflower rice for me, and Golden Rice Pilaf for my husband and daughter. The best part about this dish? I can have dinner on the table in under 45 minutes.

Grilled shrimp

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Grilled rosemary shrimp

Grilled Rosemary Shrimp

This simple marinade is Whole30 compliant and takes just 30 minutes from start to finish. Serve it with rice pilaf or a Whole30 compliant side dish. A note about the nutritional information; since the marinade will be discarded, the values for fat for each serving will go down by more than half.
5 from 25 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine Seafood
Servings 4 people
Calories 286 kcal


  • 1 pound shrimp 10-15 per pound. Unpeeled.
  • 1 large lemon juiced, (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped rosemary
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper


  • Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Cover shrimp with marinade, turning to coat. Set aside, about 30 minutes, and up to an hour.
  • Discard marinade. Thread shrimp on bamboo or metal skewers, about 4 shrimp per skewer. Grill or broil shrimp over medium heat, about 2-3 minutes per side, or until just done and pink.


Serving: 4ouncesCalories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 24gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 286mgSodium: 1464mgPotassium: 137mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 29IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 179mgIron: 3mg
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Grilled Rosemary Shrimp is ready in under 30 minutes! Low carb, Paleo and Whole30 Compliant.
Grilled Rosemary Shrimp is ready in under 30 minutes! Low carb, Paleo and Whole30 Compliant.

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  1. Beautiful prose adjacent to mouth-watering photography! This is a new line on my “to-do” list. Thanks Cynthia !

  2. Shrimp just went on the shopping list. I’ve been wanted to use rosemary stems as a skewer with grilled shrimp, this will be the perfect recipe to try it on.

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  4. You’re so right about herbs Cynthia, each one is so deliciously unique and can totally change the tone of a meal. I love this time of the year in that I have so many choices right out my back door. I’m a huge fan of lemon and rosemary too and this easy dinner sounds like gourmet restaurant fare!

  5. Shrimp is one of my favorite sources of protein. When I was on keto, shrimp and salmon were always in my diet. Great recipe!

  6. What a lovely idea for a dinner. Beautiful step by step guide, easy to understand and lovely piccys too x

  7. 5 stars
    Such a perfectly light yet delicious meal for the summer nights! This looks and sounds so good, Cynthia!

  8. I love how you stressed quality, fresh ingredients. When it comes to any recipes that come to shrimp I believe one should spend the coins. That’s to a cook what a kolinksy brush is to an artist. While reading this it hit me to visit one of the many ponds (I live on an island) in my area to catch some shrimp. Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    Have made this recipe before, so thanks for sharing it again because this is the perfect time for it! It’s so darn hot!

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