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Grilled Shrimp & Scallops Skewers -- Grilled Seafood with Uncle Mike's Spice Mix


Grilled Shrimp and Scallops Skewers

Grilled Shrimp and Scallops Skewers

Doug DuCap
These shrimp and scallop skewers are very simple to make and so delicious. They take no time at all to prepare so they're great for a weekday meal, yet they're fancy enough for parties, special occasions, and holidays.

The spice mixture comes from my late father-in law, Mike Matticola -- "Uncle Mike" to the many people who knew and loved him. It's simple, yet perfectly balanced, and makes a great dry rub for meats, too. (BTW, the original recipe calls for a whole tablespoon of cayenne, which makes it quite fiery, so start with a teaspoon instead. It's easy to add more heat, but it's hard to subtract it!)

The spice mix makes a generous amount; store it in an airtight jar and you'll have plenty on hand for next time.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 Servings


  • 1 1/2 lb uncooked large or extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb bay scallops
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Uncle Mike's Spice Mix: 2 1/2 Tbsps Paprika
  • 2 Tbsps salt
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (or more to taste)


Place the shrimp and scallops in a bowl and stir in the olive oil until well coated.

In a separate bowl, combine the spice ingredients thoroughly.

Thread alternating shrimp and scallops on skewers. Liberally sprinkle both sides with spice mixture. (There will be extra spice mix; store it in an airtight jar for next time)

Grill over high heat until shrimp and scallops are just opaque and spices are lightly colored (about 1 minute per side.)

Makes 4 - 6 servings of Grilled Shrimp and Scallops Skewers with Uncle Mike's Spice.

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