Citrus Shrimp Skewers with Lemon Rice

Citrus Shrimp Skewers with Lemon Rice

When it comes to proteins for dinner, I would say we do about 80% chicken. I don’t dislike red meat, sometimes I want a good burger, steak, or pot roast, but generally, I just prefer lean chicken. We do have salmon a few times a month too, but it did not sit well with my during my first pregnancy and ever since, I’ve developed a slight taste aversion to it I think.

While I don’t mind having a lot of chicken, my husband definitely gives me a certain look when I tell him we are having chicken for the millionth time in a row. I never make shrimp and I don’t know why because it’s so ridiculously easy to make and cooks so quickly!

Citrus Shrimp Skewers with Lemon Rice

These Citrus Shrimp Skewers are simple and yet so flavorful and summery. The marinade is made up of lemon and lime zest and juice, a splash of orange juice, oil, and garlic. I only marinate the shrimp for about 20 minutes. With the acidity from the citrus, marinating any longer can break the shrimp down and make it mushy.

Citrus Shrimp Skewers with Lemon Rice

I like to serve this shrimp with lemon rice. Just some fresh lemon juice and zest can really transform plain rice! You can also add lime if you want. Herbs like parsley and/or cilantro also make the rice even more tasty! These skewers and rice are the perfect light summer meal!

Citrus Shrimp Skewers with Lemon Rice

Yield: serves 3-4

Citrus Shrimp Skewers with Lemon Rice

Citrus Shrimp Skewers with Lemon Rice

The perfect light dinner! Grilled shrimp marinated in citrus juices and served over light lemon rice.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


For the shrimp:

  • 1 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Skewers

For the lemon rice:

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


For the shrimp:

  1. If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 20 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, add the lemon juice and zest, lime juice and zest, orange juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, and red pepper flakes. Whisk until combined.
  3. Add the shrimp onto the skewers (I did 4 per skewer).
  4. Pour the citrus marinade over the skewers and let it marinate for about 20 minutes.
  5. Heat grill or grill pan on medium heat. Place the skewers onto the grill. Reserve the extra marinade that may be on the bottom of the plate. Cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes or until the shrimp is no longer transparent and is cooked thoroughly. You can pour the reserved marinade over the shrimp during the last minute of cooking for extra flavor.

For the lemon rice:

  1. Heat the cooked rice in a pan.
  2. Add the butter, lemon zest and juice, butter, and salt and pepper and stir into the rice. Serve with the citrus shrimp.


If shrimp is not your thing, you can also use scallops or chicken.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 262mgSodium: 1415mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 28g

Citrus Shrimp Skewers with Lemon Rice



  1. Yum! I know how you feel about trying to get some healthy meals in. My daughter who loves shrimp and rice would absolutely love this! Good luck on your dissertation!!!

  2. I love shrimp and rice dishes!! This looks so light and healthy :) YUM! And I’m with you….I think I beat you and had chicken like 5 times last week…I’m in desperate need of a change! Look delicious!!

  3. I can sum this meal up in one word: SCRUMPTIOUS!! Really beautiful presentation too. Good luck with your dissertation… I hope you sail through with flying colors!! :)

  4. mmm! This sounds so refreshing and delicious!!

  5. Lemon + shrimp is one of the most perfect combos. Sounds mouthwatering!

  6. Shrimp is my favourite seafood…loved this recipe. Great clicks!

  7. Perfect!!!!
    this is such a beautiful and delicious summer dish…
    Beautiful Pics!!!

  8. This is such a fantastic, flavorful dinner idea! I’d love to scarf this down on my patio this summer. Thanks for sharing, Stephanie!

  9. It’s a shame I cannot eat shrimp – this looks so nice :)
    But I am more than happy to have an extra helping of lemon rice – it looks awesome and is a favourite :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. These sound so refreshing and light!! Perfect for the 88 degree weather I’m experiencing! Good luck with your dissertation!

  11. what a simple and healthy plate,Lemon rice looks so refreshing and sound great with these shrimp,,YUM :)

  12. yum! I’m going to make this tonight.
    Also, idk if you know, but when I hit the print button it prints the whole entire page! I was on page 7 when I cancelled it and it didn’t even print the recipe.

    • Hey Yen, thanks for letting me know. I assume you hit the print bottom at the bottom of the post vs. the print button in the recipe box? The button at the bottom prints the page. I should have taken it out when my site was redone and a print button was added to the recipe so only the recipe prints. I just went ahead and removed it to avoid any more confusion and to prevent anymore waste of paper! :)

  13. I will miss your posts but I understand if you need a bit of a break now and then. Mental breakdowns are never a good thing :) Cooking is the best way to clear the mind. Plus you are feeding the soul! Best of luck with your dissertation!

  14. Good luck on the dissertation. We all understand that there is much more to life than blogging and your blogger friends and blog will always be here.
    I am glad you did take the time to let us know and share this recipe with us. Lemony rice and shrimp does make for a tasty meal.

  15. Good luck on that dissertation. The lemony rice and shrimp must make for a perfect meal mid week!

  16. Those shrimp skewers look delicious and over lemon rice? Oh, mouthwatering! I’m inspired xo

  17. sounds fantastic and can’t wait to try it – think this would also be great using fish fillets, just not skewered

  18. Congrats on getting to the dissertation. We will all still be here waiting for you :-)

  19. Stephanie, this looks lovely! Perfect brain food for while you are writing. I remember that kind of crunch time all too well–lots of luck and good thoughts coming your way!

  20. Good luck with your dissertation! It must be exciting and nerve-racking at the same time! This shrimp sound so so so good =)

  21. Good luck on your dissertation!! I can imagine cooking would be a nice stress reliever!
    We love shrimp in our house. This sounds wonderful.

  22. Shrimp and rice is so good together, and this makes a great light and flavorful meal. Very nice! Good luck with your dissertation!

  23. Good morning, I featured this recipe on my blog today for my weekly seafood round-up. The photographs are stunning, thank you for allowing me to share! Here is the link:

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