Indian Grilled Sour Cream–marinated Shrimp Recipe

Unleash the fire and flavor of India with my Indian Grilled Sour Cream–marinated Shrimp Recipe, an irresistible dish that will take your taste buds on a spicy and savory journey. As a BBQ chef, I believe in bringing new flavors to the grill, and this recipe is one of my best creations yet.

The recipe is easy to make and packs a punch of delicious spice with every bite. Marinated in sour cream, garam masala, cumin, turmeric, ground ginger, black peppercorns, garlic cloves, and lime juice, the shrimp gain their flavor not only from the marinade but also from the extra spices that coat them as they grill. The combination of sour cream and Indian spices creates an unmissable taste that you’ll want to devour again and again.

My Indian Grilled Sour Cream–marinated Shrimp Recipe is perfect for anyone who loves seafood or is looking for something new to enjoy on the grill. Whether you’re hosting a cookout or just want to whip up a delicious meal for yourself or family members, this dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Are you ready to try something new? Let’s dive into this recipe and bring some heat to your next BBQ!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Indian Grilled Sour Cream–marinated Shrimp
Indian Grilled Sour Cream–marinated Shrimp

Are you looking to take your taste buds on a spicy adventure? Look no further than this Indian Grilled Sour Cream–Marinated Shrimp recipe! Bursting with bold flavors and tantalizing aromas, this dish will awaken your senses and leave you wanting more.

What makes this recipe so special? For starters, the jumbo shrimp are marinated in a sour cream mixture infused with a blend of Indian spices such as turmeric, ground ginger, cumin, and garam masala, which creates a powerful and unique flavor profile. The creamy texture of the sour cream balances out the heat from the spices, leaving your mouth tingling with delight.

Once marinated for 30 minutes, the shrimp is grilled to perfection on a hot grill until it develops a beautiful char. This method of preparation infuses the shrimp with a smoky flavor that perfectly complements the bold flavors of the marinade.

This recipe is perfect for seafood lovers who enjoy a little bit of heat in their food. The sour cream marinade makes this dish juicy and succulent. You can even add garlic butter on top to make it even more indulgent! Not only is it incredibly flavorful, but it’s also relatively easy to make. With just a few simple steps, you can achieve restaurant-quality results right in your own backyard.

So if you’re craving something unique and delicious for your next summer BBQ or dinner party, give this Indian Grilled Sour Cream–Marinated Shrimp recipe a try. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you!

Ingredient List

 Fire up the grill and get ready for Indian grilled sour cream-marinated shrimp.
Fire up the grill and get ready for Indian grilled sour cream-marinated shrimp.

Ingredients you will need

For this flavorful Indian Grilled Sour Cream–marinated Shrimp Recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp: Make sure to peel and devein them before marinating as it helps to absorb the flavors of the marinade better.
  • 1 cup sour cream: This is the base of our marinade. Make sure to use thick sour cream.

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime: Lime juice adds tartness and balances out the flavor of the marinade.
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 tsp garam masala: Garam masala is a blend of spices that adds flavor and aroma, giving our shrimp a delicious taste.
  • 1/2 tsp salt: Adjust according to your taste preference.
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted: It adds a richness to our marinade, enhancing our shrimp’s flavor.

Optional Ingredients

You may add or substitute certain ingredients in making Indian Grilled Sour Cream–marinated Shrimp Recipe. Here are some optional ingredients that you can experiment with:

  • Tiger prawns: Substitute jumbo shrimp with tiger prawns or king prawns for an extra flavorful and meaty bite.

  • Lemon juice: Instead of lime juice, try using lemon juice to add a bright citrus flavor to the dish.

  • Ghee: Substitute unsalted butter with ghee or clarified butter for an authentic Indian taste.

Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and come up with your own version of this tasty grilled shrimp recipe!

The Recipe How-To

 Dive into our mouthwatering shrimp that are perfectly seasoned with Indian flavors.
Dive into our mouthwatering shrimp that are perfectly seasoned with Indian flavors.

Now, let’s dive into the main part of this recipe – the How-To. This is where you’ll learn how to make the delicious Indian Grilled Sour Cream–marinated Shrimp.


  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1 cup fresh sour cream
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt water (as needed)
  • 2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Unsalted butter, for the grill
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Marinating the Shrimp:

First, I marinate the shrimp in a mixture of garlic, cumin, ginger, turmeric, black pepper, garam masala, olive oil, and salt. In a mixing bowl, whisk together minced garlic cloves, cumin seeds, ground ginger, turmeric powder, black peppercorns, garam masala powder and olive oil to form a smooth paste. Add salt and sour cream to balance out the spice level. Toss in the jumbo shrimp and coat well. Let the shrimp marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Pro-Tip: If you want to add some extra flavor enhancers to this dish, try adding some finely chopped herbs like coriander leaves or mint to the marinade.

Preparing the Grill:

Preheat your grill on high heat for half an hour until it gets hot enough. Brush unsalted butter generously on your Shrimp skewers (you can also use tandoori skewers), so that they don’t get stuck. Add some salt water to a bowl and dip each shrimp one by one in it while placing them on a plate.

Pro-Tip: Make sure not to overcrowd your skewers as this will help the shrimp cook evenly and prevent them from steaming.

Grilling the Shrimp:

Once your grill is hot enough brush it with unsalted butter again before adding your marinated grilled shrimp on top. The trick here is to cook your shrimp on high heat for about 3 minutes each side. Check if it’s done by looking if it has turned pink and plump or feels firm when touched.

Pro-Tip: Don’t forget to baste with leftover marinade for extra flavor oomph!


Serve with some sliced lime wedges on a plate next to your grilled Indian sour cream-marinated tiger prawns. You can also pair it with some garlic butter or have it standalone as a spicy appetizer during game nights or outdoor parties.

Now that you know how to make this delicious Indian-inspired dish, grab some ingredients and start grilling!

Substitutions and Variations

 These shrimp are marinated in a sour cream mixture that's infused with herbs and spices.
These shrimp are marinated in a sour cream mixture that’s infused with herbs and spices.

When it comes to cooking, experimenting with different ingredients and flavors is often the best way to discover new and exciting dishes. In this case, there are a few substitutions and variations you can make to this Indian grilled sour cream-marinated shrimp recipe to customize it to your liking.

Firstly, while jumbo shrimp are preferred for this recipe, you can also try using tiger prawns or smaller shrimp for a slightly different texture. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

If you’re looking to add even more spice to your dish, try substituting the black peppercorns with red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper. You could also increase the amount of garam masala in the marinade for an extra burst of flavor.

For those who prefer less dairy in their meals, consider swapping out the sour cream for plain yogurt or coconut cream. This will result in a slightly tangier taste but still create that creamy texture.

If seafood isn’t your thing, try marinating chicken or king prawns instead. You could also experiment with adding different spices and seasonings depending on your preferences.

To add even more depth of flavor, consider adding garlic butter or lemon juice to your grilled shrimp skewers before serving. These simple additions can elevate the taste and make for a truly memorable meal.

In conclusion, there are many ways to play around with this Indian grilled sour cream-marinated shrimp recipe to suit your taste buds. Don’t be afraid to get creative and explore different options. Who knows? You may just stumble upon a new favorite dish!

Serving and Pairing

 Trust us, the marination for these shrimp is worth the wait.
Trust us, the marination for these shrimp is worth the wait.

The Indian Grilled Sour Cream–marinated Shrimp Recipe is a delicious and versatile dish that can be served in a variety of ways. Whether you are looking for a main course, appetizer or side dish, this recipe has got you covered.

For a main course, grilled shrimp skewers can be served alongside a fresh salad or rice pilaf. The sour cream marinade adds a creamy and tangy element to the dish that pairs well with the nuttiness of basmati rice or the freshness of a crisp salad.

For an appetizer, serve grilled sour cream marinated shrimp along with cilantro chutney or mint yogurt sauce. The coolness of the yogurt and herbs balances out the heat and spice of the marinade creating an irresistible flavor.

For a side dish, grilled shrimp can be served alongside other grilled meats like chicken or lamb as part of a traditional Indian meal. It also pairs beautifully with seafood like garlic butter king prawns or fried shrimp.

To add some extra kick to your grilled sour cream marinated shrimp, try pairing them with spicy shrimp skewers or tiger prawns. The bold flavors will take your taste buds on an exciting journey through India’s culinary landscape.

No matter how you choose to serve it, this dish is sure to impress your guests and provide a flavorful addition to any meal.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Grill your shrimp to perfection and impress your guests with this flavorful dish.
Grill your shrimp to perfection and impress your guests with this flavorful dish.

So, you’ve marinated and grilled your succulent shrimp to perfection, but what if you want to enjoy them later or have leftovers? No need to worry because this recipe can easily be made ahead, stored, and reheated without sacrificing any of the flavors.

To make ahead, marinate the shrimp up to 24 hours before grilling. You can also skewer the shrimp before marinating to save time later. Just cover the marinated shrimp and refrigerate until ready to grill.

After grilling, store any leftover shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. To reheat, simply place the chilled shrimp in a pan with a bit of unsalted butter and heat over low-medium heat until warmed through. If you want to add some extra kick and flavor, try tossing in a few garlic cloves minced with garam masala and a squeeze of lime juice.

If you want to freeze your leftovers or make a larger batch of marinated shrimp for future use, you’re in luck! The marinated shrimp can be frozen for up to three months. After thawing in the refrigerator overnight, grill according to the recipe instructions.

And don’t forget about other ways to serve these delicious shrimp. They work well as a filling for tacos or served on top of salad for a quick and easy lunch option. So don’t let those leftovers go to waste and enjoy them in new and creative ways!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Shrimp lovers, you'll never go back to plain grilled shrimp after trying this recipe.
Shrimp lovers, you’ll never go back to plain grilled shrimp after trying this recipe.

If you want to ensure that your Indian Grilled Sour Cream–marinated Shrimp Recipe is a success, there are a few tips that I can offer. These tips have been tried and tested by me, and I can assure you that they will help you get the best results possible.

Firstly, it is important to let the shrimp marinate for at least 30 minutes. The longer the marination time, the better the flavor. So, if possible, leave it for a little longer than the minimum time. This simple trick can take your dish from good to amazing.

Secondly, make sure to devein and clean the jumbo shrimp before starting the marination process. It is essential to clean them properly in salt water so that any impurities or dirt are removed. This step also eliminates any fishy odor that may linger around in shrimp.

Thirdly, thread the shrimp onto skewers before placing them on a hot grill. This not only helps prevent them from falling through but also makes them easier to flip over while cooking.

Fourthly, don’t overcook your shrimp! Once they turn bright pink and are cooked on both sides, remove from heat immediately. Overcooking them will make them tough and rubbery in texture.

Fifthly, add some unsalted butter to your marinade for an extra kick of flavor. The butter enhances the taste of garam masala and turmeric which are main ingredients of this recipe.

Lastly, serving with fresh lime wedges adds tanginess to this dish which balances out its spicy flavors. Squeeze some fresh lime juice over your grilled sour cream–marinated shrimp skewers right before serving them up!

Follow these tips, and I promise you won’t be disappointed!


Now that we have covered all the aspects of this Indian Grilled Sour Cream–marinated Shrimp Recipe, it’s time to address some frequently asked questions that might come up while preparing or serving this dish. I hope these answers will help you achieve the best possible results and make your experience with this recipe a delightful one. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the FAQs!

How to cook shrimp in sour cream?

Before we begin, let’s set aside some time to mix the salt, paprika and sour cream in a small bowl. It will definitely come in handy later on.

Next, let’s get started on the star of the show – the mushrooms and shrimp medley. Dice the mushrooms and then sauté them with the shrimp in some melted butter. Continue cooking until the shrimp is a glorious pink color, indicating it’s cooked through.

Once that’s done, take the pan off the heat and stir in our previous sour cream mixture. The flavors will meld together to create an explosion in your mouth. Delicious!

Finally, we’re ready to serve. You can choose to serve this delicious mixture over cooked rice or noodles. I personally prefer the noodles – they soak up all the flavors like a sponge.

Trust me, once you’ve tried this recipe, you won’t want to go back to anything else. So roll up those sleeves and let’s get cooking!

How long can you marinate shrimp before cooking?

When it comes to marinating shrimp, the type of marinade you use will dictate how long you should marinate the shrimp for. In the case of acidic marinades like lemon, lime or orange, it’s best to marinate for 30 minutes or less to avoid making the shrimp mushy. On the other hand, if your marinade is non-acidic, containing olive oil, garlic or herbs, you can leave the shrimp to marinate for an hour or more. Keep in mind that the longer you marinate the shrimp, the more flavorful it will become.

Should you soak shrimp before grilling?

When it comes to preparing shrimp dishes, whether you choose to grill, broil or bake them, it’s highly recommended to soak them in a brine beforehand. Though shrimp originate from saltwater bodies, a brine made of saltwater and often sugar can help infuse them with more moisture, preventing them from drying out during cooking.

What goes with marinated shrimp?

I have been given a list of eight delectable dishes to assist a BBQ chef in preparing. The list includes potato salad, risotto, coleslaw, cucumber salad, green beans, grilled foil potatoes, creamy parmesan rice, and cheesy garlic breadsticks. As an assistant, it is my duty to provide detailed instructions, tips, and recommendations for each of these dishes to help the chef make a delicious and memorable meal.

Bottom Line

Are you ready to kick your grilling game up a notch? Then it’s time to try the Indian Grilled Sour Cream–marinated Shrimp Recipe!

With its unique blend of spices and rich, tangy sour cream marinade, this recipe is sure to be a hit with everyone at your next barbecue. Plus, with a few simple substitutions and variations, you can easily make it your own and cater to your guests’ preferences.

Whether you’re serving it as an appetizer or a main course, these shrimp skewers will add a touch of exotic flavor to your grill repertoire. And with our tips for perfect results and make-ahead instructions, you’ll be able to enjoy this dish stress-free.

So why settle for ordinary grilled shrimp when you could impress your friends and family with this restaurant-quality recipe? Give it a try today and let the flavors of India transport you straight to summer heaven!

Indian Grilled Sour Cream–marinated Shrimp

Indian Grilled Sour Cream–marinated Shrimp Recipe

This is an at-home, easier version of a classic Tandoor shrimp. This one is cooked on the grill and marinated in sour cream instead of drained yogurt. From Food & Wine May 2008 edition. Note: I made this again tonight and it was raining, so instead of grilling I simply broiled them on high for 3 minutes, flipped them over and broiled them another 3 minutes to perfection. Don’t forget the lime juice at the end, as it really brings together all of the flavors!!!!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 16 shrimp
Calories 331.9 kcal


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 16 jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 lime wedges, for serving


  • In a large, shallow dish, whisk the sour cream with the garlic, cumin seeds, garam masala, peppercorns, ground cumin, ginger and turmeric.
  • Add the shrimp and coat thoroughly with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  • Light a grill,oil your grates and bring up to high heat.
  • Remove the shrimp from the marinade and thread onto skewers; season with salt.
  • Grill shrimp almost cooked through, 2 minutes per side. Brush the shrimp with the butter and grill until glazed and just cooked through.
  • Serve with lime wedges.



Serving: 199gCalories: 331.9kcalCarbohydrates: 6.6gProtein: 25.2gFat: 22.8gSaturated Fat: 13.4gCholesterol: 218.4mgSodium: 199.5mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0.3g
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