Moroccan Shrimp Skewers

July 9, 2012

You can assemble these skewers and make the bulgur salad up to 3 hours in advance. Coating wooden skewers with cooking spray prevents the likelihood of burning the wood.

Serves: 4
Prep: 15min
Cook: 10min
Total: 55min



  • 3/4 cup bulgur (cracked wheat)
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons mild smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons crushed or ground fennel seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 1/4 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tails on
  • 3 medium yellow squash (or mixture of yellow and zucchini), cut into 1/2" thick half rounds
  • 24 large grape tomatoes
  • 1 pickling cucumber or 1 small cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest


1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the bulgur. Remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tender-firm. Drain any excess water.
2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the coriander, paprika, fennel seed, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Alternately skewer the shrimp, squash, and tomatoes onto twelve 12" wooden skewers.
3. Coat the prepared skewers with cooking spray. Sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over both sides of the skewers.
4. Preheat the grill or heat a grill pan over medium heat. Grill the skewers for 8 minutes, turning once, or until the shrimp are opaque and the vegetables are tender.
5. In a large bowl, combine the bulgur, cucumber, avocado, parsley, lemon juice, oil, lemon zest, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Toss to coat well.
6. Divide the skewers and salad among 4 plates.

Nutritional Facts per serving
Calories 353.7 
Fat 9.6 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Cholesterol 215.5 mg
Sodium 530.6 mg
Carbohydrates 34.1 g
Total Sugars 6.2 g
Dietary Fiber 9.7 g
Protein 35.6 g