Friday, June 11, 2021

Grilled Shrimp from @MaddieDayAuthor + #giveaway

MADDIE here, so grateful the temperatures broke yesterday. To celebrate I'm doing a special giveaway - details at the end.

It was HOT in New England this week, with highs of 95 for five days in a row, and the humidity was way up, too. My significant other's shoulder is out, so he couldn't lift the AC unit into the window, and I've never been quite that strong. The inside of our house just got hotter and hotter. 

I know those of you in desert climes are laughing at me, a native southern California turned Massachusetts heat-wimp. C'est la vie!

Suffice it to say, I didn't want to cook in the kitchen. So how about nice pound of marinated grilled shrimp with some quick-toasted naan and a green salad? It sounded good to me. I figured out a recipe, mixed up the marinade, and set the defrosted shelled shrimp to chill in it. 

Except at exactly the time I wanted to be grilling, a big sudden thunderstorm rolled in. Yikes! As you'll read in what follows, one can't let shrimp sit in a marinade indefinitely. So the recipe I present you is flash-sautéed marinated shrimp, not grilled. Sorry readers. We do what we have to do. It was tasty even so. You can just pretend I grilled it.

Grilled Shrimp


3 tablespoons olive oil

¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Pinch of salt

Pinch of black pepper

Pinch of smoked paprika

1 lb. raw, peeled, and deveined shrimp


Mix all ingredients in a bowl big enough to hold the shrimp. 

Cover and refrigerate for at least twenty minutes, but no longer than an hour or the shrimp will become soggy.

Heat grill or coals. Add shrimp to skewers or lay on a grilling pan. Alternative: heat oil in a saute pan.

Cook only a few minutes per side, just until they become opaque. 

From my sauté pan

Serve immediately with bread and green salad.

And voilá! Even without being grilled, it was a tasty quick dinner and barely added any heat to the house.

Readers: What's your favorite quick home-cooked dinner? I'll send one lucky commenter one of my special Author aprons!

My most recent book is  A Changing Light, our seventh Quaker Midwife Mystery! If you want a signed copy endorsed to you, please order from my local indy bookstore, Jabberwocky Books.

The next book to come out is Country Store Mystery #9. No Grater Crime releases in August and is up for preorder!

We hope you'll visit Edith and Maddie on our web site, sign up for our monthly newsletter, visit us on social media, and check our all our books and short stories.

Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.


  1. On these hot days shrimp is perfect! Thanks for the chance!

    1. Jess, you are the lucky winner of the apron! Congratulations, and please check your email.

  2. When it’s hot I like to pull some cooked chicken out of the freezer and put it on a salad

  3. One of my favorite fast home-cooked meals is microwave meatloaf. In about 15-20 minutes you have great main dish. Add a side veggie and salad and dinner is done.

    This is my recipe for what the cookbook calls Fancy Meatloaf.
    Fancy Meat Loaf
    Yields: 4 to 6 servings
    1 lb. ground beef
    2/3 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
    ¼ cup minced onion
    ¼ cup chopped green pepper
    ¼ cup chopped celery
    1 egg beaten
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon minced parsley
    ½ cup tomato juice
    ¾ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon pepper
    ¼ cup catsup
    Combine all ingredients except catsup in a large missing bowl. Pat mixture evenly into a 1 ½ quart dish. Cook in microwave on full power for 6 minutes.
    Drizzle catsup on the top of the meatloaf. Cook in microwave on full power for 5 minutes or until temperature of 160 degrees is reached.

    Love your books and can't wait for the opportunity to read " A Changing Light"!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  4. Can't wait for the new books, love all the series.

    Tuna casserole is always the standby if we need fast comfort food, but since I can't stand to waste food and love to experiment we often have a stir fry or casserole or salad or something that makes use of fresh veggies and whatever else I happen to have leftover or on hand.

  5. I think that shrimp wins for speed and looks delicious! I do quesadillas in a pan on the stove for a quick meal, easy to use up leftovers or things on hand.

  6. We had shrimp last night. Kind of a shrimp scampi primavera with some pesto!
    One glitch was I thought the shrimp were peeled and deveined. They were deveined, but not peeled. A bit of a nuisance. Still tasty, though, with pasta and all the primavera veggies.

  7. It's been really hot here too. I've been using my air fryer lately, it's fast and doesn't heat up the house. The shrimp recipe looks like a great and delicious.

  8. Black bean tacos...all the food groups, meat, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream. Yum.

  9. Suggestion for your shrimp marinade: for added deliciousness add 1-2Tbsp of horseradish

  10. Suggestion for your shrimp marinade: for added deliciousness add 1-2Tbsp of horseradish

  11. Probably a stir fry is my quickest cooked meal. Of course a salad is quicker. Thanks for the chance. I need a new apron.

  12. Only cook for me so everything is quick and easy. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

  13. Fried rice or scrambled eggs.

  14. Our favorite quick dinner our version of a Chicken Caprese Panini. Spread Pesto on inside of two slices of sourdough bread. Add sliced tomato or diced cherry tomatoes, chicken and cheese. We like to use Swiss cheese. It has adds a little extra flavor and is less stringy than mozzarella. Grill until bread is golden brown and cheese has melted. Serve with a salad.

  15. Our favorite quick meal is a chicken broccoli casserole. The whole family loves it and the clean up is quick.

  16. Grilled cheese and a salad. cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. Jess is the lucky winner of the apron! Congratulations, Jess, and please check your email.