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How to Make Sugarcane Shrimp

If plain Jane skewers aren't cutting it anymore, this guide will add something sweet by replacing the tasteless wood stick with sugar cane.


  • Step 1: Combine ingredients Combine the lime juice, soy sauce, rum, olive oil, sugar, garlic, salt, pepper, and a minced habanero or jalapeno pepper in a small bowl and mix to combine.
  • Step 2: Wash and devein shrimp Wash and devein the shrimp and place in the rum and lime juice mixture to marinade for up to two hours in the refrigerator.
  • Step 3: Make skewers Wash each sugar cane stalk in cold water. Use a sharp knife to cut the stalk at a joint crosswise. Split the sections lengthwise into quarters and sharpen the ends to make four skewers.
  • TIP: Sugar cane is incredibly tough and rigid so use caution when cutting.
  • Step 4: Heat grill or broiler Preheat the grill or broiler. Prepare the shrimp for the skewers by using a small knife to make a tiny slit in the tail and head so the skewer can slip through easily.
  • Step 5: Load up the skewers Load up the skewers with two to three shrimp per stick, depending on the size of the shrimp. Angle the shrimp on the skewers so they lie flat on the grill or under the broiler.
  • TIP: Add pineapple chunks to the skewers.
  • Step 6: Cook briefly Cook the shrimp over high heat to get a nice char for about 3 minutes per side. Brush with olive oil to enhance the flavor and serve to your amazed party guests.
  • FACT: As of 2010, shrimp ranked as the most popular and valuable seafood in the United States.

You Will Need

  • 1/3 c. lime juice
  • 1/3 c. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. dark rum
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. minced garlic
  • Salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 1 minced habanero or jalapeno pepper
  • 12 large shrimp
  • Sugarcane stalks
  • Pineapple chunks (optional)

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