Preparing Grilled Shrimp With Summer Style Papaya Salsa

Papaya is a nice alternative to mango and is not commonly used in recipes. If you enjoy this fruit, you will love the salsa included in this grilled shrimp recipe. You may enjoy it so much that you prepare the salsa to eat with other dishes like fish or chicken or to enjoy with tortilla chips. Experience one of the fruits of summer by using this easy recipe that serves six.


• 1 ½ pounds frozen or fresh large shrimp, with shells
• 1 small (approximately 1 1/3 cups) papaya (can substitute or add 1 small mango), peeled, seeded, and chopped coarsely
• 1 Serrano pepper
• 1/3 cup jicama, chopped and peeled
• 1/3 cup red sweet pepper, chopped
• 2 tablespoons orange juice or pineapple juice
• 1 tablespoon margarine or butter, melted
• 1 tablespoon fresh parsley or cilantro, snipped
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon white pepper
• ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
• 1/8 teaspoon red pepper, ground
• Nonstick cooking spray
• Mixing spoon
• Small bowl
• Medium bowl
• Plastic gloves
• Grill basket or 8 metal skewers

Step 1: If you purchased frozen shrimp, thaw them. If desired, peel the shrimp and devein them without removing the tails.

Step 2: Stir the white pepper, ground red pepper, cumin, salt, and butter or margarine together in the small bowl. Drizzle this mixture over the shrimp, tossing shrimp to coat them.

Step 3: Put on the plastic gloves and cut the Serrano pepper in half. Remove the stem, seeds, and veins and chop the pepper finely.

Step 4: Toss the mango or papaya, Serrano pepper, jicama, sweet pepper, parsley or cilantro, and orange or pineapple juice in the medium bowl. Set this aside.

Step 5: Spray the nonstick cooking spray on the interior of a grill basket, arrange the shrimp in a single layer in the basket, and close it. Or, thread the shrimp onto the metal skewers, keeping ¼-inch between each piece of shrimp.

Step 6: Heat grill to medium heat. Put the skewers or basket on the grill rack. Grill until shrimp are opaque, approximately 10 to 12 minutes, turning one time halfway through the grill time.

Step 7: Remove shrimp from the skewers or basket and serve them with the salsa.

Alternate grilling method: You can also grill the shrimp indirectly by arranging the coals around a drip pan and testing for medium heat directly above the pan. Put the skewers or basket on the grill rack over the pan. Grill until shrimp are opaque, approximately 8 to 10 minutes, turning shrimp one time halfway through the grilling time.

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