I had no idea just how much I would love these cedar planked shrimp with pesto. I mean, I can eat shrimp like the dickens. And I love anything that’s cooked on a cedar plank. But sometimes, pesto can be a bit much for me. Well, this was the first time ever where I absolutely could not get enough pesto. Each bite was perfect. I just wish I’d made more. A lot more. I served these as our main dish, but you can certainly serve them up as an appetizer too!
You can certainly make your own pesto for these cedar planked shrimp. Make it your own. Me, I was looking for a simple dinner that still looked great and tasted even better so I went to the pantry for my pesto. I’m not much of a pesto aficionado but Classico Traditional pesto worked just fine for me!
If was going to serve these shrimp as an appetizer I might do several planks, each with a different type of pesto. Mix it up a bit!
Also try my cedar planked shrimp and grits.
Cedar Planked Shrimp with Pesto
- 1 large cedar plank soaked in water for at least 30 minutes
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp 21-25 count, cleaned, deveined
- 1/2 cup store-bought pesto divided (I used Classico Traditional)
- olive oil
- 2 large lemons halved
- Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking. You'll use the direct heat to sear the cedar plank. You'll use indirect (low or no flame under the blank) heat to cook the shrimp.
- Pat the shrimp dry.
- Toss the shrimp with half of the pesto.
- Toss shrimp in mixture, coating it all over.
- Place your cedar plank over the direct heat for 15 or so minutes until charred on one side.
- Move the plank to indirect heat. Add the shrimp. Drizzle lightly with oil. Note: You may not need much if any oil, depending on how thick your pesto is. A lighter thinner pesto may not require any. You only need the oil to slightly 'loosen' or thin the pesto.
- Place the lemons over direct heat.
- Close the grill lid and let cook until the shrimp start to turn pink.
- Spoon the remaining pesto over the shrimp. Continue cooking until the shrimp are done. The lemons should get a nice char on them.
- Drizzle two halves of the lemons over the shrimp (I used grill tongs to squeeze them).
- Serve shrimp on the plank with the remaining lemon halves for juicing.