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BBQ Tandoori Shrimp with Creamy Cilantro and Garlic Dip

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

Indulge your taste buds in a burst of flavors with this easy recipe for Tandoori Shrimp served alongside a creamy garlic cilantro dip. This dish combines succulent shrimp marinated in aromatic spices, cooked to perfection on a grill, and paired with a creamy and tangy garlic dip that adds an extra layer of richness. Prepare to be transported to the vibrant streets of India as I guide you through the steps to create this tantalizing dish in the comfort of your own kitchen and in less than an hour.

Total time: 45 minutes (including time to marinate)

Difficulty: Easy

Serves: 3-4

BBQ Tandoori shrimp with a creamy garlic and cilantro dip
BBQ Tandoori Shrimp with a creamy garlic. and cilantro dip

Tandoori cuisine is synonymous with clay ovens known as tandoors, which infuse the food with a unique and distinct flavor. When The Spice Merchant wanted to collaborate using this Spice, I couldn't think of a better way to showcase Tandoori Masala.

The star of the show is undoubtedly the tandoori masala, a traditional spice blend that adds depth and complexity to the dish. Combined with ginger paste, garlic paste, turmeric, and cayenne pepper, the marinade creates a symphony of flavors that perfectly complement the natural sweetness of the shrimp.

To ensure optimal tenderness and flavor absorption, it's recommended to marinate the shrimp for at least 30 minutes, allowing the spices to penetrate the meat. During this time, the yogurt in the marinade works its magic, tenderizing the shrimp while adding a creamy texture to the final dish.

Once the marinating is complete, it's time to fire up the grill or preheat your oven to medium-high heat. The shrimp are then carefully arranged on skewers and cooked until they turn beautifully charred and take on a vibrant reddish hue. The sizzling sound and the tantalizing aroma that fills the air are an invitation to indulge in this mouthwatering creation.

The result is a plateful of perfectly cooked shrimp with a delightful blend of smoky, tangy, and mildly spicy flavors. The shrimp remain juicy and succulent, showcasing their natural sweetness enhanced by the tandoori marinade.

To elevate the experience even further, I highly recommend serving the Tandoori Shrimp with a creamy garlic and cilantro dip. The cool and tangy nature of the dip beautifully complements the warm and aromatic shrimp, creating a harmonious balance of flavors.

Garnished with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro leaves, the Tandoori Shrimp with Garlic Dip is an irresistible delight for seafood enthusiasts. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or simply craving an exotic culinary adventure, this dish is sure to impress and leave a lasting impression.

So, gather your ingredients, embrace the spirit of Indian cuisine, and embark on a flavor-filled journey as you savour each delectable bite of Tandoori Shrimp with Garlic Cilantro Dip. Let the aromas and tastes transport you to the bustling streets of India, where the art of tandoori cooking reigns supreme.

BBQ Tandoori Shrimp with Creamy Cilantro and Garlic Dip Recipe

Prep time

10 minutes

Cooking time

35 minutes

Total time

45 minutes



Tandoori shrimp ingredients

3 tablespoons oil

2 tablespoons ketchup

2 teaspoons vinegar

1 tablespoon crushed garlic

1 teaspoon crushed ginger

2 tablespoons tandoori masala

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for the spice lovers!)

13-15 shrimp (large works best, you can use more if you have smaller ones!)

Creamy cilantro and garlic dip ingredients

½ cup mayo

3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro

1 teaspoon crushed garlic

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon sugar

  1. Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes.

  2. In a bowl, combine the first eight ingredients to create the marinade.

  3. Add shrimp and turn with a spoon until they are completely coated with the marinade.

  4. Allow the shrimp to marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  5. Thread the shrimp onto the soaked skewers.

  6. Grill the shrimp on medium-high heat for approximately 4-5 minutes on each side.

  7. To make the dip, thoroughly mix all the ingredients for the dip.

  8. Serve the shrimp skewers hot and enjoy them alongside fries and salad.


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