Black Pepper Vanilla Shrimp

A fragrant, unique way to prepare shrimp. It is a mild, simple preparation so be sure to use high quality seafood. Skewering the shrimp in a row with 2 skewers ensures that they will remain elongated and not curl up while baking in the oven. 

makes 12 shrimp


12 shrimp, deveined

4 skewers

1 Tbsp ginger purée

1 tsp vanilla extract 

2 tsp black pepper 

½ tsp salt 

2 Tbsp vegetable oil



  1. Preheat the oven to 300F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Combine the ginger, vanilla, black pepper, salt & oil. Whisk to combine. Add the shrimp and coat all of them in the marinade. 
  3. Take 6 shrimp and skewer the front of them together, then take a second skewer and pierce them near the tail. Do this for the next set of 6 shrimp. 
  4. Place the 2 sets of 6 shrimp on the baking sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes. Check for doneness. Shrimp should appear opaque & not translucent.
  5. Remove skewers before serving.

ideas / variations

  • To make this with vegetables, try with zucchini or another mild vegetable. 
  • Add to salads or eat with rice. 
  • Use this as part of a board with squid ink rotis, cranberry relish & saffron yogurt.