Miso Glazed Shrimp Skewers

Miso Glazed Shrimp Skewers on a bed of sprouts on a black slate

I absolutely love making shrimp skewers as an hors d’oeuvre when I host dinner parties. In fact, one of the earliest recipes on this site was my Korean gochujang version. However, I just bought a big bag of miso paste so it’s time for all the miso recipes, including these miso glazed shrimp skewers.

The best thing about this recipe is just how easy it is. The skewers take just a few minutes to grill, so you can start cooking them even after people arrive. Brush on your homemade miso glaze and voila – a delicious and impressive hors d’oeuvre for your next party.

Miso Grilled Shrimp

Miso Glazed Shrimp marinade ingredients on a table, top down image

Like most miso recipes, these shrimp skewers require a marinade glaze. This means that you can marinade the shrimp in the same stuff you will brush on after grilling. How easy is that?

Miso Glazed Shrimp Ingredients

1 pound (450 grams) Shrimp – peeled and deveined, you can keep the tails on for presentation or remove them. It is entirely up to you.

2 tbsp Miso Paste – I suggest using white miso for this as it pairs well with seafood.

2 tbsp Oil – a neutral oil like sunflower or soybean works best in this recipe.

1 tbsp Soy Sauce – a light Japanese soy sauce works well here, but you could get away with a Chinese soy sauce as well if that’s all you have on hand.

1 tbsp Honey – I like the texture and sweetness honey provides, but if you don’t have any you can substitute with regular white sugar.

2 tsp Mirin – this is a Japanese sweet rice wine commonly used as an ingredient in sauces or marinades. It does have alcohol so if you prefer to use no alcohol you can leave this ingredient out.

Miso Glazed Shrimp marinade in a purple bowl with a whisk

Add all the ingredients except the shrimp to a bowl and whisk thoroughly. If you find the sauce to be too thick you can add a tbsp of water to thin it out.

shrimp skewers marinading in the miso glaze

Skewer all your shrimp. I like to use bamboo skewers as they are bio-degradable and you don’t have to clean them like metal ones. However you can use what you prefer for your party. Pour the marinade over the shrimp, reserving a few tablespoons for later.

grilled miso marinated shrimp skewers

Grill all your shrimp about a minute per side. You can also use a regular pan, but the miso marinade can make cleanup difficult.

brushing miso glaze onto the shrimp skewers with a pastry brush

Plate your shrimp skewers and brush on some of the reserved miso glaze. I like to lay these skewers on a bed of greens for the color contrast, but you can do whatever you think looks best.

Miso Glazed Shrimp Skewers on a black slate presentation tray
miso glazed shrimp skewers on a black slate with greens

Miso Glazed Shrimp Skewers

This quick and easy shrimp hors d'oeuvre is a guaranteed hit at a dinner party or friendly gathering.
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Course: Appetizer, Tapas
Cuisine: Japanese Fusion
Keyword: Hors d’oeuvre, Miso, Party Food, Shellfish, Shrimp, Skewers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 15 skewers
Calories: 180kcal
Cost: $20

Equipment

  • 15 Bamboo Skewers can also use metal ones

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Shrimp (450 grams) peeled and deveined, you can keep the tails on for presentation or remove them. It is entirely up to you.
  • 2 tbsp Miso Paste I suggest using white miso for this as it pairs well with seafood.
  • 2 tbsp Oil a neutral oil like sunflower or soybean works best in this recipe.
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce a light Japanese soy sauce works well here but you could get away with a Chinese soy sauce as well if that's all you have on hand.
  • 1 tbsp Honey I like the texture and sweetness honey provides but if you don't have any you can substitute with regular white sugar.
  • 2 tsp Mirin this is a Japanese sweet rice wine commonly used as an ingredient in sauces or marinades. It does have alcohol so if you prefer to use no alcohol you can leave this ingredient out.

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients except the shrimp in a bowl to create the miso glaze.
  • Skewer all the shrimp, about 3 per skewer. Adjust based on the size you have.
  • Place the skewered shrimp in a bowl or dish and pour over the marinade, reserving a few tablespoons for later.
  • Using a grill (or a grill pan) grill the shrimp skewers about a minute per side. You can also use a regular pan/skillet although that will be more cleanup due to the sugars in the glaze.
  • Plate the skewers on a serving dish and brush over with the reserved miso glaze.

Nutrition

Serving: 1skewer | Calories: 180kcal
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Miso Glazed Shrimp Skewers

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