Grilled Shrimp with Garlic Wine Butter Sauce

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Grilled Shrimp with Garlic White Wine Butter Sauce is quick and easy and can be made on the grill or adapted for the stove top.

Grilled Shrimp with Garlic White Wine Butter Sauce cooked in a cast iron pan on the grill

Shrimp is a regular thing in our family. The hubby is usually craving beef, and I’m often in need of a beef break (yes, that’s a thing). Seafood, or specifically shrimp is where I usually steer towards and where we compromise. 

And we can’t get enough grilled shrimp recipes in our family, so enter Grilled Garlic Shrimp with a decadent (yet super easy) Garlic White Wine Butter Sauce! And yes, this one is cooked ON the grill!

Cooking shrimp in garlic wine butter sauce on the grill

Garlic Butter Shrimp

Typically when we grill shrimp, you’ll see us skewer the meat, like in our sriracha shrimp skewers

But when I’m looking for a fresh and flavorful garlic butter sauce for my shrimp, I cook the shrimp in a cast iron pan ON the grill. The shrimp and the flavorful sauce will still pick up a little of that wood smoke, and add a nice flavor dimension to the shrimp dish.

How to Grill Shrimp

Use direct/indirect heat, or the two-zone method. This allows you to move shrimp from hot zones to cool zones and avoid burning. Lump charcoal imparts incredible flavor when grilling shrimp direct. For cooking options:

  • Cook shrimp directly on the grill shell on or off. This is great for large shrimp. 
  • A skewer, this is great for smaller shrimp or if cooking for a crowd. Pro Tip: Use metal skewers, worth the extra money. If using wood, soak in water for at least an hour before using.
  • Use a cast iron pan. This is perfect when adding a braising liquid to shrimp or sauce while still imparting wood flavor, like what we’re doing here with the garlic butter and wine sauce.

Grilling With Cast Iron

Cast iron was made to cook over open fire. Grilling with cast iron is easy because it can withstand high heat and direct flame. Be sure grilled cast iron is well oiled and maintained. Place over direct heat and allow the pan to get hot before adding any protein.

It takes just minutes to prepare shrimp for grilling with cast iron.

  • Make sure you have cleaned and de-veined the shrimp.
  • Prep the rest of your ingredients because by the time the pan is hot your dish will come together quickly.
  • Set up your grill for two zone cooking and place the cast iron pan over the direct heat to preheat. After it’s nice and hot (around 6-10 minutes) add the butter, shallots (or red onions) to the pan and let them cook for about 1 minute, just to start softening the shallots. The pan will be HOT, so stir frequently to make sure you don’t burn the shallots. It’ll sizzle as soon as it gets on. Then add the garlic, lemon, wine, and shrimp.
Making garlic butter shrimp on the grill
  • Stir frequently until they’re done (about 6 minutes), making sure to flip the shrimp to allow for both sides to evenly cooked. Remove from heat, toss with parsley, and a little finishing salt, and serve!
  • We jazz up the dish by grilling a lemon to squeeze over the finished dish. This is a serious conversation piece when grilling shrimp for friends.

That’s it.

When is the Garlic Butter Shrimp done?

We pull the shrimp when the internal temperature is 120 – 130 (using an instant read thermometer, like a Thermapen One), because we know are sourcing high quality shrimp. That is typically when the shrimp will go from translucent to pink.  

We like to cook this shrimp recipe on the grill for two reasons. One, to make it easy on ourselves during hot summer months, keeping the heat outside. And two, to make sure we don’t lose any of that delicious garlic wine butter sauce. It’s great for serving over the top of the shrimp when they’re finished. It’s also a great one to serve over some pasta for a more hearty option. 

Want to adapt for your stove top? Simply do the same over medium/high heat.

Time to fire up the grill and get your grilled shrimp and garlic sauce on!

Garlic Shrimp Wine Pairing 

We love an unoaked (or very mildly oaked) chardonnay for this grilled shrimp dish because the chardonnay typically show some bright fresh lemon flavors that would work well with the complementary flavors of the butter and wine in the sauce.

Grilled Galric Shrimp with White Wine Butter Sauce in a cast iron pan

Whether a light or full bodied chardonnay with integrated oak flavors and textures, both styles will highlight the mild creaminess of the butter and wine sauce.

More Grilled Shrimp Recipes

Supplies Used for This Recipe

  • 10″ FINEX Cast Iron Pan
  • For an awesome grill grate, we use the Malory Cast Iron grate built for Weber Kettle grills.

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Grilled Garlic White Wine Shrimp
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Grilled Garlic Chardonnay Shrimp

Grilled Shrimp in a cast iron pan finished with a chardonnay, wine, and, garlic pan sauce.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 6 minutes
Total: 16 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 lb 16/20 shrimp, trimmed and de-veined
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • cup shallots, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely diced
  • ½ grilled lemon, juiced
  • ¼ cup white wine, we like chardonnay
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Set up charcoal grill for indirect or two zone cooking.
  • Place cast iron pan over direct heat to preheat, and cover the grill with a lid for up to 10 minutes. Add lemon over direct heat at the same time. Remove when grill marks appear, approximately 10 minutes.
  • When pre heated add to the cast iron pan butter, olive oil, and shallots. Cook 1 minute stirring. Next add the garlic, lemon, wine, salt and shrimp. Stir frequently for 6 minutes, making sure to flip the shrimp so they cook evenly on both sides.
  • Remove pan from heat, squeeze grilled lemon, and toss with parsley and serve.


This dish can be served combined with pasta.


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1471mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Course: dinner, Entree
Cuisine: bbq, grilled, seafood, surf n turf
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 179
Keyword: grilled shrimp, grilled shrimp recipes, shrimp and wine sauce
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I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. The steak looks fantastic! I’m not a fan of shrimp but I know someone who is and who also loves wine. I’ll have to pass it on to her. Thanks for posting!

  2. Congrats on the move! It looks like you’ve relocated to a beautiful area. Happy 12 year anniversary as well 🙂

  3. What a great meal! I love how quick and easy it is to put a cast iron skillet on the grill with the shrimp along with your steak. Congrats on your move and Happy Anniversary!

  4. This looks really tasty. I’ve been finding so many good grilling recipes this summer, I’m starting to feel like I’m missing out not having a grill! And I totally get the appeal of being able to finally cook after moving!

    1. Cindy grilling is magical, worth the time. You should totally check out a Weber kettle grill. They come in various sizes and so easy to use!