Prosciutto wrapped Shrimp

Today my friends, you get not one.  Not two.  But 3, yes 3 different pictures of Proscuitto Wrapped Shrimp!  Yes, 3 different pictures, because I can’t seem to get a great picture of it, and I’m pretty much shrimped out for the moment.  These are so easy and fast to make, are an excellent appetizer, or can be a main course.  Grill them outside, or in a grill pan inside.  Don’t have a grill pan?  Put ’em in a pan.


Here, the shrimp were grilled.  The radicchio was also grilled.  I think doing the shrimp this way, with corn and radicchio, is a superb flavor combination.  I do have some “non” prosciutto shrimp on this plate as well.


In this picture, the toothpicks were left in so you could see how to spear with a toothpick on an angle.  This helps to keep the shrimp straighter when cooking.  This was on a stovetop grill pan.  The little cakes are just left over polenta that I mixed with leftover artichoke dip.  Those were pretty good.


This is a pile of shrimp that I was taking to a party as an appetizer.


With no further ado, let’s get started.  Ready?  It’s a little bit complicated…

Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp

12 large sized raw shrimp

12 basil leaves

3-6 pieces prosciutto crudo  (crudo is uncooked – air dried, and the most commonly found outside of Italy) cut into strips about 1- 1 1/2 inches wide

12 toothpicks


If necessary, clean and devein the shrimp.  I prefer to leave the tails on like a little handle, but I like the heads off.

Wrap one piece of basil and 1 prosciutto strip around the body of each shrimp, and secure with a toothpick.  Grind some pepper over the shrimp.

If using a gas grill outside, make sure the grate is cleaned and oiled, and at a high heat.  Grill only 1-2 minutes on each side.  The prosciutto will start to get crispy, and the shrimp will continue to cook even after you take it off the heat.  I like to soak a bamboo skewer and thread the shrimp on that, rather than using a toothpick per shrimp.  It’s easy to turn and you can serve it like a kabob if you like.

If using an inside grill pan, set it to just under medium (you know best how your stovetop works), and cook 3-5 minutes per side.


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