Monday, January 30, 2012

Grilled Pamplemousse Shrimp

You might be wondering what "pamplemousse" is if you didn't take French in school. I didn't tell my kids what it was either until they were done eating it and saying how great it tasted. 

Serve these appetizer style.....
Pamplemousse is French for grapefruit.  So why didn't I just say "grilled grapefruit shrimp"?
  1. First, you'd probably think "grapefruit and shrimp?" and click on to some cupcake recipe on another blog.  Let's face it, grapefruit doesn't get the love that limes, lemons, and orange do.  But it should.
  2. Second, pamplemousse has to be one of the funniest fruit names in another language, especially if you pronounce it incorrectly as pample-moose.  
  3. Third and most importantly, it reflects the new global focus of McCormick's 2012 Flavor Forecast.
Yes, McCormick's 2012 Flavor Forecast is in and the outlook is on the future of global flavor.   I recently attended an online session with the McCormick kitchens to learn firsthand about the trends and flavor pairings for the coming year. 

When Chef Vetter was talking about the trend of Flavorful Swaps, one of the flavor pairings was grapefruit and red pepper.
A new take on lemon pepper.   Grapefruit and red pepper deliver big flavor with purely wholesome ingredients.  With a range of bright offerings - juice, zest, pulp - grapefruit meets a similarly versatile match in the exciting assortment of red pepper forms and varieties.  An added bonus, this bold, sour-spicy duo also boasts promising metabolism-boosting benefits. [McCormick Flavor Forecast 2012]
One of the things Chef Vetter talked about was building multiple layers of some of the same flavors in different ways.  He also mentioned the phrase "wellness journey" and I scribbled a note "A wellness journey doesn't mean you have to wander from flavor".   Well this recipe keeps in line with both of those ideas.
Or serve it as a meal with rice noodles and kabobs.

Grilled Pamplemousse Shrimp
Servings:  12 appetizer portions or 4 dinner portions

  • 1.5 lbs shrimp, 26-30 count size, peeled and de-veined 
For the marinade
  • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice (juice about 1/2 grapefruit)
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • 1 Tbsp McCormick Gourmet Collection Crystallized Ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp McCormick Gourmet Collection Crushed Red Pepper
For the dipping sauce
  • 1/2 cup sweet soy sauce*
  • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
  • 2 Tbsp mirin (sweet rice wine vinegar)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper paste
For the garnish
  • McCormick Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • fresh chopped cilantro
  1. Mix the marinade ingredients in a blender or food processor.  Pour over the shrimp in a zip top bag and marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.  
  2. Mix the dipping sauce ingredients together in a blender.
  3. Preheat a charcoal grill to 350f.  
  4. Remove shrimp from the marinade and place on skewers.
  5. Grill the shrimp 2-3 minutes per side.
  6. Top with cilantro and sesame seeds and serve with the dipping sauce. 
  • Sweet soy sauce is completely different than regular soy sauce.  If you can't find it at your local store, the closest thing I can think of is a teriyaki sauce.
The dish rocked and every bit disappeared.  The dipping sauce was scrumptious and had the bright, light taste of citrus.  Alexis mentioned that the sauce would also be delicious with grilled scallops. 

My Favorite Flavorful swap - Swap oil/fat for coal - grilling avoids using extra oil for cooking.
Grapefruit never tasted so good!  The red pepper and citrus brought out the best in each other.
For more information about the 2012 Flavor Forecast and select recipes, check out McCormick's website.  I have another Flavor Forecast inspired dish coming up tomorrow!

[Standard Disclaimer]  I received compensation for promoting McCormick's 2012 Flavor Forecast but all opinions stated are my own.


  1. You should always use fancy words like pamplemousse. It just sounds nice. Citrus and seafood rock no matter what the combination may be.

  2. I just laughed so hard when you said "click off to some cupcake recipe" that is awesome. Can I just admit now that the cupcake recipes are probably the least likely ones for me to EVER click?! Now, if you figure out some way to grill them, I'd happily click that just to see how the heck you did it.

    This shrimp sounds awesome. I did a grapefruit marinade last year that was pretty good. I'm planning to play with it again soon. I hadn't thought of trying it on shrimp though. YUM!

  3. Second time today I've run across the word pamplemousse. Definitely a plate of shrimp moment.

  4. I still would have thought it sounded awesome if you'd said grapefruit...but come one, what's more fun than saying pamplemousse first thing in the morning!? Looks amazing.

  5. I would never choose a cupcake over grapefruit and shrimp :) I LOVE using grapefruit juice, I just don't do it enough! I bet this shrimp really did pack a lot of flavor.. can't wait to try it!

  6. I love citrus and seafood. I just saw another recipe using grapefruit, McCormick's must have been behind it. Chris, really nice photos.

  7. Even though grapefruit is not everyones' favorite, I think the pairing of flavors for your dipping sauce along with the grilled shrimp is genius.

  8. I didn't learn french !!!!But nice word....The marinade and dipping sauce sound delicious!

  9. I drew a complete blank when I saw pamplemousse! I would never think to use grapefruit with shrimp but it sounds and looks insanely good! I never heard of sweet soy sauce before - I'll be looking for it.

  10. Grapefruit gets love in my house and your grill even more so. GREG

  11. OMY I love shrimp and these look amazing! Im fowwing you!

  12. Pamplemousse is my new favorite word. I'm going to use it all day today. In random sentences. My coworkers are going to be quite confused. Except for the one who's French...she's just going to think I'm psychotic and grapefruit-obsessed.

  13. I actually new what pamplemousse was! I will be honest though, I would never have thought to pair grapefruit with shrimp... it looks so tasty.

    Your photos are really ROCKING my friend!

  14. Wow, super inspiring!
    All the flavors sound great together.

  15. These flavors are great that you put together. I've never done it myself but now I will. Thanks for sharing.


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