Low-FODMAP Sweet and Spicy Grilled Shrimp Recipe; Gluten-free, Dairy-free

Print Friendly Version

Shrimp are the most widely served seafood in the United States, and can be prepared so many ways. Remember Bubba in Forrest Gump? “Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it”.  Personally, I love every method!

Shrimp are high in calcium, protein, omega-3s, and iodine. Plus they are absolutely delicious.

These low-FODMAP Sweet and Spicy Shrimp are prepared grilled, which adds great flavor and fun to this recipe.  The sweetness of the maple balances the heat from the spices and it tastes amazing (although it tends to be more on the spicy than sweet side, FYI).  Low-FODMAP Sweet and Spicy Shrimp are so good for you, low-calorie but absolutely satisfying.

During the prep of this low-FODMAP shrimp recipe you will see a step that involves brining in a sugar and salt mixture.  At first, I didn’t think this would make any difference, but it totally does!  Brining is like marinating the meat of the shrimp or fish.  It helps to retain moisture in the shrimp and improves the cooked texture.   Since brining only involves 30 extra minutes, I suggest taking the time for a spectacular tasting low-FODMAP grilled shrimp meal.

Enjoy this low-FODMAP Sweet and Spicy Grilled Shrimp with a side of low-FODMAP rice-quinoa, low-FODMAP mashed potatoes, or low-FODMAP grilled vegetables.  Or check out over 300 more low-FODMAP recipes on my blog.

Be healthy and happy,

Rachel Pauls, MD

Low-FODMAP Sweet and Spicy Grilled Shrimp Recipe; Gluten-free, Dairy-free

Although this recipe has not been tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients.

Serves 4-6

Prep time: 15 min plus 1 hour for marinating

Cook time: 10 min

Total time: 25 min plus marinating


  • 1 and 1/2 pounds large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
    • Tails on or off per your preference (I prefer to have the tails off-easier for my kids to eat)
    • I used Trader Joe’s ‘Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp’, these have a tremendous flavor similar to lobster
    • I suggest that you purchase good quality, generous sized shrimp, otherwise the brining may cause them to become too salty
  • Fresh lemon/limes and parsley for garnish (optional)

For low-FODMAP Shrimp Brine

(see note above about brining, you can opt to skip this step also)

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt

For Low-FODMAP Marinade

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (can also use garlic-infused olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Equipment:  metal or wooden skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes prior to use)


  • Brine the low-FODMAP shrimp: (if you don’t have time, you can skip this step)
    • Dissolve the salt and sugar in a large bowl of cold water
    • Add the shrimp
    • There should be enough water to cover the shrimp by about an inch
      • Stir, cover, and leave the bowl in the fridge or room temperature for 30 minutes (longer than this could result in overly salted shrimp)
  • In a separate bowl, combine the spices, maple syrup, lemon juice and oil, whisk to combine
  • Rinse and drain the shrimp and pat them dry with a paper towel
  • Add the shrimp to the marinade, stir to coat and let them sit for a while (30 mins or overnight) in the fridge
  • Once marinated, place shrimp on skewers
  • Grill the shrimp for 4 to 5 minutes over medium-high heat (less if your shrimp are smaller), turning halfway through
  • You can brush the remaining marinade on the shrimp after turning
    • Be careful not to overcook- will become rubbery
  • Serve with your desired low-FODMAP side dishes…
  • Absolutely delicious!

Comments Rating 4.2 (5 reviews)

12 Responses

    1. So sorry to hear that! Did you brine the shrimp longer than an hour? That would make them more salty, and could be responsible. We have also added instructions to rinse the shrimp for future readers. Thank you.

  1. I tried this recipe, lessening the brining to 25 minutes and marinated them for 1 hour.
    I rinsed the shrimp after brining 3x, patted dry and marinated it. Toooo salty.

    1. Koala,
      We are so sorry to hear this. Brining shrimp in this ratio of water and salt is a well-established technique and is recommended by most seafood restaurants for best results. We apologize completely that your meal was not good. Of course, you can certainly skip the brining step to enjoy the marinade on its own. Have a good day 🙂

  2. Amazing!

    Every time I’ve made shrimp using this recipe, it is a hit! I’ve only changed a few things based off of my particular food sensitivities, like I don’t use red pepper flakes or put any salt in the marinade because of the brine. This recipe can be a little on the salty side if you let the shrimp brine too long, but that’s mentioned in the recipe. I also use the shrimp for my own version of shrimp tacos instead of eating them off skewers. I absolutely love this recipe!

    1. Brooke,
      Thank you SO much for sharing this review. We are super pleased that the brine didn’t cause you any issues. LOVE hearing from you it totally made our WEEK!
      You may be interested to know that we have a COOKBOOK available in the US, Canada, UK and Australia.
      THE LOW-FODMAP IBS SOLUTION PLAN & COOKBOOK is the ONE thing that will take you through the entire FODMAP journey and share more than 100 recipes that prep in 30 minutes or less! Click here for details on the BEST low-FODMAP cookbook available 🙂
      Stay in touch with us please!

  3. Pretty good! I brined the shrimp for 10 minutes, didn’t add salt to one batch of marinade, did on another. I’ll skip the brine next time, it wasn’t necessary with the salt in the marinade.
    The marinade is very good, we made two batches, one with lemon, the other with lime. Both were quite tasty.
    I’ll definitely make this regularly. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Cynthia,
      You are so sweet to comment and share your tips! We are thrilled to hear from you. Please stay in touch and have a lovely day 🙂

  4. This was Excellent! I reduced the salt and used reg iodized salt as that was all I had on hand. Brined 15 minutes washed thoroughly and doubled marinade for any of shrimp I had. 30 minutes was all it needed. Really thrilled as I’m new to FodMap and it is a bit overwhelming. Thank you thank you! <3

    1. Welcome and thank you so much!! We are so happy to get this feedback and wish you success with your FODMAP journey.
      You may be interested in our COOKBOOK available in the US, Canada, UK and Australia!
      THE LOW-FODMAP IBS SOLUTION PLAN & COOKBOOK will take you through the entire FODMAP journey and share more than 100 recipes that prep in 30 minutes or less! It also has a meal plan, grocery list and many more tips. Click here for details on the BEST low-FODMAP book available.
      Stay in touch please!

  5. Delicious

    What a delicious recipe. I followed it exactly as written and found it to be both easy and scrumptious. This recipe was a big hit at a BBQ we attended, so I will add it to my regular rotation. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


As an IBS-sufferer myself, I know how badly you want to feel healthy and happy. I’ve spent over a decade researching IBS and FODMAPs, and my recipes and guidance will help you succeed.

Enjoy everything my site has to offer!

More about me


Low-FODMAP Options at Starbucks: Coffee, Bakery and More!
Our 20 Most Popular Low-FODMAP & Gluten-free Family Dinners: Easy 30-Minute; One-Pot, Sheet-Pan and Slow Cooker Recipes
Low-FODMAP 30-Minute Creamy Tuscan Chicken; Gluten-free
Dr. Rachel’s Low-FODMAP Grocery Shopping List; IBS-friendly, Gluten-free