Healthy party appetizers: Crispy Garlic Shrimp Skewers

Crispy Garlic Shrimp SkewersHere’s another healthy recipe from International Olive Council. This one would make a wonderful appetizer for a retro Mad Men themed party, don’t you think? (So would their Chicken Mango Skewers recipe that I posted yesterday, now that I think of it.)

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Crispy Garlic Shrimp Skewers

Makes 32 appetizers

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 32 raw medium shrimp, shelled and deveined (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill or parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • Dash salt, optional
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded Pecorino or Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 16 pitted large green olives
  • 16 pitted large ripe olives
  • 32 grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, sliced lengthwise and cut into 32 pieces
  • 32 (4 to 6-inch) appetizer skewers


  1. Heat oven to 475°F. Blend 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and garlic in small bowl. Add shrimp; toss to coat; set aside. Blend remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, dill, lemon peel and salt in small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mix bread crumbs and cheese on waxed paper; dredge shrimp to coat evenly. Place in single layer on baking sheet. Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until light golden and thoroughly cooked. Gently loosen shrimp from baking sheet; cool 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Thread a single shrimp, olive, tomato and cucumber piece on each skewer. Serve immediately drizzled with olive oil mixture.

Tips: To make bread crumbs mixture, rub bread crumb and cheese mixture between your palms for uniform consistency. The mixture will adhere more evenly to the shrimp. Also, if you’re gluten free, make bread crumbs from gluten free bread. Just toast and finely chop in a food processor.

Picture and recipe courtesy of the International Olive Council and used with permission.

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