Shrimp on Sticks

Shrimp cooking on stick in a fire

The idea with this recipe is that the radiant heat from the fire slowly cooks the shrimp and keeps them tender. The turmeric in the dressing also gives everything a vibrant yellow color, which looks beautiful in contrast with the pink shrimp.

Shrimp in a bowl next to a bowl of marinade

Instead of bringing skewers or poles from home, I prefer to find nearby sticks or thin branches and use those to cook the shrimp (just make sure they’re long enough to keep a safe distance from the flame). Much like toasting marshmallows, kids will love holding the shrimp sticks over the fire. This is such a fun way to prepare a meal, especially if you don’t have a frying pan. Cooking in this primal, minimal way gives you a real sense of achievement, and you can easily add more shrimp (or any other shellfish) if you’re feeding a large crowd.

Shrimp on Sticks

Shrimp on Sticks

Yield: Feed 4

Prep: 2-3 Hours Cooking: 5 Minutes


2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

chilli flakes, to taste

salt, to taste

12 large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

Turmeric Dressing

1⁄2 inch piece of fresh turmeric, unpeeled

3 garlic cloves, peeled

1⁄2 cup Champagne vinegar

1 cup grapeseed or extra-virgin olive oil

Cooking Tools

  • Fire pit
  • 4 long sturdy sticks (plus a few extra in case you burn them)


  1. To make the turmeric dressing, finely grate the turmeric and garlic (use a microplane if you have one) into a small bowl. Add the vinegar and whisk until combined. Stir in the oil and set aside for a few hours before serving.
  2. Combine the turmeric dressing, olive oil, chilli flakes and salt in a large bowl, add the shrimp and massage to coat them in the mixture. Marinate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, light your fire and let it burn down for about an hour until you obtain a medium heat.
  4. Thread the shrimp onto the sticks and cook over the fire, holding the sticks about 15 cm (6 in) above the heat and turning frequently, for about 5 minutes, until pink and cooked through. Allow to cool slightly, then eat!


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