Grilled Shrimp Packets cook shrimp in a foil packet with herbed compound butter and bread on the side.

Grilled Shrimp Foil Packets with Basil, Garlic and Red Curry Compound Butter

Grilled shrimp is one of the easiest dishes you can make, whether as a simple meal or an appetizer for a crowd! These Grilled Shrimp Foil Packets with Basil, Garlic and Red Curry Compound Butter cooks in minutes and makes cooking shrimp on the grill easy and delicious!

Grilled Shrimp Packets cook shrimp in a foil packet with herbed compound butter and bread on the side.
Grilled Shrimp Foil Packets with Basil, Garlic and Red Curry Compound Butter

Grilled shrimp is one of the easiest dishes you can make, whether as a simple meal or an appetizer for a crowd! Learn how to cook shrimp on the grill in these easy Grilled Shrimp Foil Packets! Dot some shrimp with herbed compound butter in a foil packet, throw it on a grill, and in about ten minutes, you have an instant crowd-pleaser.

Note: This post first appeared on July 8, 2010. The recipe has been updated from the archives with updated content and photographs, as well as improved kitchen notes and recipe annotation. I also shared this recipe on Food52 on July 9, 2010. I hope you enjoy this favorite from my kitchen.

Grilled Shrimp Packets cook shrimp in a foil packet with herbed compound butter and bread on the side.

Simplicity. That’s what we often need in the middle of the week. Between work, activities, and commitments, it can be so tempting to pull out a frozen pizza and pop it into the oven. Today was one of those days, but I resisted.

Summer brings an abundance of fresh herbs like basil. It is so plentiful at this time of year, and the crisp aroma reminds me that simple meals with flavorful ingredients don’t require a lot of pomp and circumstance.

One of the oldie but goodies I like to prepare as a side dish when we entertain is Grilled Shrimp Packets. Dot some shrimp with herbed compound butter in a foil packet, throw it on a grill, and in about ten minutes, you have an instant crowd-pleaser. It works so well as a side or an appetizer, but tonight, I decided to make it the main course. All I needed was a good chunk of good, crusty bread, and it was the ideal midweek meal.

You can, of course, customize compound butter in so many different ways. Tonight I was craving Thai flavors, so I made a Basil, Garlic and Red Curry Compound Butter. The shrimp soaked up the rich flavors as it steamed in its foil packet, releasing juices just right for bread dipping. And for some extra kick, I couldn’t resist spiking each bite with a dot of Sriracha sauce.

Who needs pizza?

HOW TO COOK SHRIMP ON THE GRILL

  1. Prepare your herbs and spices for the compound butter.Step by step instructions for how to cook shrimp on the grill.
  2. In a mini food processor, mince garlic, basil, and cilantro. Add butter, red curry paste, salt and pepper, and process till combined.
  3. On two pieces of heavy-duty foil, divide shrimp and lay in a row. Dot with the desired amount of compound butter.Step by step instructions for how to cook shrimp on the grill.
  4. Seal tightly and place on a hot grill. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  5. Enjoy straight out of the packets with toasted bread!Step by step instructions for how to cook shrimp on the grill.

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Grilled Shrimp Packets cook shrimp in a foil packet with herbed compound butter and bread on the side.

Note: This post first appeared on July 8, 2010. The recipe has been updated from the archives with updated content and photographs, as well as improved kitchen notes and recipe annotation.

Grilled Shrimp Foil Packets with Basil, Garlic and Red Curry Compound Butter

Grilled Shrimp Packets cook shrimp in a foil packet with herbed compound butter in ten minutes! Learn how to cook shrimp on the grill with this easy recipe!
Grilled Shrimp Packets cook shrimp in a foil packet with herbed compound butter and bread on the side.
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5 from 6 votes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Pescetarian, Thai
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 142kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 -5 basil leaves depending on size
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons red curry paste
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 24 large (31/35) shrimp peeled and deveined (tail left on if desired)
  • fresh basil leaves chiffonade for garnish
  • Sriracha Sauce for serving, optional

Instructions

  • In a mini food processor, mince garlic, basil, and cilantro. Add butter, red curry paste, salt and pepper, and process till combined. You can also chop finely with a chefs knife and combined the ingredients in a bowl.
  • On two pieces of heavy-duty foil, divide shrimp and lay in a row. Dot with the desired amount of compound butter (you can control the fat here). Seal tightly and place on a hot grill. Allow it to cook for about 10 minutes; you will notice the packets puff up when it is done.
  • Serve the shrimp straight out of the packets if you wish! Or plate it with chiffonades of basil and Sriracha sauce. Don't forget the bread!

Notes

How many foil packets does this make?

This makes 2 foil packets, and serves 4. You can also make these into 4 individual portioned foil packets.

Nutrition

Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 372mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 394IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Beth

    5 stars
    Love the curry paste in this and the packed method. Thanks for a great recipe update!

    Reply
  2. Debi(Table Talk)

    Shrimp is the ultimate “fast food” isn’t it? I love using compound butters. They freeze well, and add such a nice finishing touch, I have to say, I usually add things like herbs, citrus zest, and chilies. I’ve never added Siracha or curry—-what a fantastic idea!

    Reply
    • Liren

      So very true – shrimp is a “fast food!” It really reminds me that a quick meal can always be had if you have some shrimp on hand!

      Reply
    • Liren

      Yes, it IS like en papillote! Just with foil and on the grill!

      Reply
    • Liren

      Hi Jean! I think this is my favorite way to use compound butter.

      Reply
  3. Cheryl

    Beautiful and Simple….less is more sometimes and this proves it!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Cheryl, I thought of you when I made and wrote this. Less is definitely more, especially in the summer!

      Reply
  4. Chef Dennis

    what a great way to grill shrimp and infuse so much flavor!!
    thanks for sharing this great cooking technique!

    Reply
    • Liren

      You are SO right, they could be made in an oven, too! Perfect to remember for when winter rolls around.

      Reply
    • Liren

      I am definitely addicted to Sriracha right now! Such good stuff.

      Reply
  5. Christine @ Fresh Local and Best

    This is a great recipe to keep in mind for those busy work days. I also like how fast shrimp is to prepare. There are such a broad array of good fresh fruits and veggies to inspire great meals in the bay area.

    I have to try this sriracha compound butter, it sounds delicious!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Hi Christine, it is great for those work days, and you’re right, shrimp is always fast!

      Reply
  6. Baking Barrister

    this looks absolutely fabulous. i’m always looking for new ways to cook shrimp since i eat so much of it, but i never thought of little packets.

    Reply
    • Liren

      Yes, I love the packets because I don’t have to clean the grill, too!

      Reply
  7. Isabelle

    That’s a really impressive solo dinner, I must say. Most of the time, i can’t be bothered to do much beyond cutting up some bread and cheese. :)
    I’m definitely going to give this a try, especially since it’s been way too hot to do much cooking lately.. especially since I have some leftover chili-lime compound butter kicking around in the fridge right now that would probably work very nicely here.

    Reply
    • Liren

      Oh, bread and cheese is a perfect solo dinner. If figs were in season, that would be my solo meal of choice. But I was definitely craving seafood, so this fit the bill! Your chili-lime compound butter will be PERFECT for this.

      Reply
  8. Patty Price

    What a delicious idea, my family would love this, the combination of flavors is perfect and I appreciate the aspect of bringing a fresh flavorful dish to the table quickly on most nights of the week!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Hi Patty! Yes, it’s flavorful and fast – definitely great for feeding a hungry family quickly :)

      Reply
  9. Rachel @ Working Out Wellness

    I think I’ve eaten 3 pounds of shrimp in the last 2 weeks, haha. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t always room for more! This recipe looks delicious, and quick/easy enough for anyone to make (regardless of how “in a hurry” you are). Thanks for it!

    Reply
    • Liren

      The great thing about shrimp is that it’s low fat and great for you! I would gladly eat 3 lbs of shrimp in 2 weeks!

      Reply
    • Liren

      Hi Belinda! I love the red curry paste, too. It blended so well with the butter.

      Reply
  10. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    I think sometimes people overcomplicate grilling… everything is marinated for hours. This is a wonderfully simple way to prepare shrimp on the grill… another fantastic post!

    Reply
    • Liren

      This is definitely not complicated, that’s for sure! Simple and easy – wish cooking could always be like that (thankfully in the summer, it often is).

      Reply
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