This smoked shrimp recipe is an easy paleo, keto, Whole30, and gluten-free appetizer or main dish. Serve them with a simple herb garlic sauce or your favorite seafood dipping sauce.
Smoked shrimp are an easy appetizer or main dish to make for a quick dinner or to feed a crowd. And the possibilities are endless for dipping sauces — cocktail sauce, honey mustard, even guacamole — but today I served them simply tossed with a garlic herb butter (made with grass-fed ghee). They were perfect with a quick summer tomato and cucumber salad.
How long to smoke shrimp
Think smoking shrimp is complicated or time-consuming? It's not—it's actually one of the quickest and easiest foods to smoke once you learn how to do it.
The key to smoking shrimp is not to overcook them. I can't emphasize this enough. Unlike a thick cut of meat, shrimp smoke quickly and will be done in 20 minutes or so, depending on the heat of your smoker and the size of your shrimp. You definitely need to keep an eye on them. I start checking them at 10 minutes and keep checking them until they are just cooked through.
How to smoke shrimp
I've smoked shrimp both peeled and unpeeled, and they are good both ways. If you have shell-on shrimp, go ahead and throw them on the smoker that way and serve them as “peel and eat” shrimp with the garlic butter sauce for dipping.
Either way, toss them with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper before putting them on the smoker. This helps keep them from drying out while they smoke. I like to use a garlic infused olive oil for a little extra flavor.
And serve them with this simple herb garlic sauce or your favorite dipping sauce. This post includes affiliate links to recommended products. You can read my full disclosure here.