Grilled Shrimp Wrapped with Prosciutto

By Sally Cameron on August 29, 2011

Fish & Seafood

Now that my Tuscan Blue rosemary bushes are big, I trim long sprigs and soak them in water to use for skewers of grilled shrimp wrapped with prosciutto.  A perfect alfresco Mediterranean dinner as summer nears the end.

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Grilled Shrimp Wrapped with Prosciutto

Long associated with Mediterranean cuisine, the strong, piney fragrance of rosemary is unmistakable. It grows everywhere in California. When we re-landscaped, I told the architect I wanted plenty of rosemary in the plan and she obliged.  Besides being great for landscaping (because its drought tolerant), it smells wonderful in the yard and is always ready for culinary needs.

Shrimp is Quick and Easy

Grilling shrimp is an easy, fast dinner we do probably once a week, and the rosemary springs make a lovely presentation. Marinate the cleaned and shelled shrimp for about 30 minutes at room temperature, then skewer, wrap with Prosciutto and grill for about 5-6 minutes.

Serve the skewers on a bed of wild and brown rice or quinoa dressed with a little olive oil and some fresh herbs and you have a fast, easy and healthy dinner. Sometimes I brush the shrimp with a little maple syrup before grilling for extra flavor.

Rosemary Skewers

For the rosemary skewers I cut sturdy pieces about 14″ in length. If you don’t grow it, find a neighbor who does.  Soak the springs in cold water to cover for 30 minutes. With your fingers, strip off the bottom three quarters of the leaves. This becomes the skewer. If the top green part gets a bit charred during grilling, stick a small sprig of fresh green rosemary in the top at serving.

If all you can find is short sprigs at the grocery store they work great as an appetizer too. FOR NO ROSEMARY – Of course this works with bamboo and metal skewers. The rosemary is more for presentation!


Grilled Shrimp Wrapped with Prosciutto on Rosemary Skewers

If you have rosemary in your garden, clip 14″ long sturdy sprigs to make skewers. If you don’t, use wooden skewers and stick shorter rosemary sprigs in the top for flair and fragrance when you serve.  This is nice served on a bed of brown and wild rice with a tossed green salad.  Drizzle with a little good quality olive oil and maybe a squeeze of lemon as you serve. Another tasty option, brush shrimp with maple syrup before grilling. THIS DOUBLES EASILY FOR FOUR.
Course Seafood
Cuisine Italian
Keyword grilled, prosciutto, Shrimp
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 429kcal


  • Skewers for grilling


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 4 14" springs of fresh rosemary or bamboo skewers soaked in cold water to cover about 30 minutes
  • 1 1/2 pounds jumbo shrimp shelled and deveined
  • 4-6 ounces Prosciutto
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup optional


  • Combine olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk or stir together. Add shrimp, toss and let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes. At the same time soak your rosemary sprigs or bamboo skewer sticks.
  • Hold rosemary sprigs and strip ¾ of the leaves off the bottom so you have room to skewer the shrimp.  Drain off marinade and discard. Skewer the shrimp through tail and top, about 5 per skewer. It will depend on the size of shrimp you have.
  • Slice Prosciutto into long thins strips about an inch or two wide and wrap them around the shrimp. They probably won’t wrap or look perfect, but don’t worry about it.  They’ll taste great.
  • Grill shrimp skewers on a hot, clean grill about 5-6 minutes total depending on the size of your shrimp and how hot your grill is. When they start to turn pink, turn the skewers.  When done, serve drizzled with a little olive oil.


Another option – brush the skewers with a little maple syrup for extra flavor. The sweetness of the maple syrup is wonderful with the Prosciutto.
Note on serving – if your rosemary ends get blackened while grilling, add a sprig or two  of fresh, short rosemary sprigs to the ends when serving. Serve over a wild and brown rice blend with a tossed green salad.


Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 447mg | Sodium: 1657mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 275mg | Iron: 4mg
  1. Reem | Simply Reem - August 29th, 2011

    Oh this looks so beautiful and delicious….
    Such a wonderful use of lovely flavors, Perfect….

  2. Carrie - August 30th, 2011

    How gorgeous are these? I love your photos! And the recipe sounds fantastic. Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs, but I don’t think I’ve paired it with shrimp before. Sounds unique and delicious.

  3. Suzanne - September 2nd, 2011

    These look fantastic. What a great way to gain flavor from the rosemary by using the stems for kabobs, love it!

  4. Michelle K - April 3rd, 2012

    Hubby made this last night. The directions were easy to follow, and it came out delicious. We both like that it’s a healthy dish as well. The rosemary skewers were fun and worked perfectly. We did use the maple syrup, but guess it either cooked off, or was subtle enough we didn’t notice. Thanks for another great recipe!

  5. Aunt Clara - June 15th, 2012

    I found your blog through a picture on Pinterest and I think I am hooked. I will definitely bookmark it for future reference.

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