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Tarragon Shrimp On The BBQ with a Fresh Garden Tomato Salad aka Larry Nokes’s Favorite

Don’t let the word tarragon stop you from trying this!

When I saw this recipe years ago in the LA Times I almost didn’t make it because I didn’t really care for the strong taste of tarragon. But to my surprise, I discovered the marinade flavors blended into a smooth mellow taste and didn’t scream “licorice”. Now it is one of my easy summer go-to BBQ recipes. Not only do I love it, at my house it’s known as Larry Nokes’s Favorite Shrimp!

I like to serve it as an appetizer because I can grill it just before my friends arrive–the shrimp actually tastes better at room temperature. This easy dish lets me greet my friends and enjoy my own party.

  • 2 TBS lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 2 TBS good extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 TBS diced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 TBS chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 lb. fresh large shrimp, peeled, deveined with tails on
  • salt and pepper to taste

Puree lemon juice, zest, olive oil, red onion, garlic and tarragon in a small food processor until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Place shrimp and marinade in a Ziplock bag and refrigerate for a half hour to an hour.

Remove shrimp and lace onto stainless steel skewers. I find stainless steel doesn’t burn on the grill like the bamboo skewers and it’s easier to remove the shrimp after you grill them.

Grill shrimp over medium-high heat until pink and no longer opaque–about 2-3 minutes per side depending on the heat of your grill. DON’T overcook or shrimp will be tough!

And for the tomato salad…

If you’re growing your own tomatoes, just go to the garden and choose a few ripe ones. I always seem to add basil, so to change it up, I picked some sweet spring onions. 
I cut the tomatoes in half, chopped the onion and used both the green and white parts, drizzled a little extra virgin olive and seasoned with salt and pepper. One word–YUM!

I plated it with some fresh lettuce from the garden and had a feast. 
Hope you enjoy it, too.

Categories: Appetizers & Beverages, Fish, Main Dishes


1 reply

  1. Sounds very refresh for hot weather! Brava Nancy

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