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Teriyaki Traeger Smoked Shrimp

Just when we thought that we couldn’t possibly love our Traeger anymore, my husband had to go and make some shrimp last week that was so good I actually called it stupid. Stupid good. Teriyaki Traeger Smoked Shrimp is going to catapult up to the top of your favorites list. I’m already sending him out for more shrimp.

Traeger Smoked Shrimp

Teriyaki Traeger Smoked Shrimp

Shrimp is one of my favorite quick dinners here. I love how fast and easy it is, and it always feels a little bit fancy to me to be having shrimp on a Wednesday. That might be the midwest in me coming out though. Seafood is always a big deal up in Northern Minnesota.

It isn’t such a big deal here in the Pacific Northwest where the seafood is already amazing, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it just as much.

Traeger Smoked Shrimp

How To Smoke Shrimp

Smoking shrimp is SO easy. Easier than any other cooking method, in my opinion. This method is utilizing the grill feature of your Traeger Wood Pellet Grill, but the smoke flavor comes through so well. We cooked the shrimp at 450° for about 5-6 minutes per side. If you are cooking a very large batch, you might need a couple additional minutes. The longer you keep the Traeger lid open the more heat it uses, and the longer it takes to come back up to temp.

Traeger Smoked Shrimp

What kind of sauces work best on smoked shrimp?

We finished off these shrimp with a teriyaki drizzle and a sriracha mayo. It added a little heat to the shrimp without overpowering them. I can’t really think of a sauce that wouldn’t work well on these. Maybe not ketchup. Ketchup would not be ideal.

Depending on what kind of teriyaki sauce you have, you might want to thicken it up a little bit. If you buy one that is more glaze-like, I wouldn’t bother, but if yours is thinner it would be good to thicken it with a little cornstarch slurry first so it actually sticks to the shrimp.

 Traeger Smoked Shrimp

What kind of shrimp should I buy for smoked shrimp?

Whether you buy pink or white shrimp, it doesn’t make a big difference. The only thing that is a MUST MUST MUST is that you MUST buy raw shrimp. Cooked shrimp don’t need or want to be recooked, like ever. So don’t. Save the cooked shrimp for shrimp cocktail, or even shrimp alfredo (but make sure to toss it in at the VERY END if you do that, and just heat enough to warm through).

Traeger Smoked Shrimp

Jeremiah made this shrimp last weekend for his parent’s 50th-anniversary party, and it kind of stole the show as far as food went. ALL of the food was amazing, but these shrimp, you guys. I think I had 6 of them and could’ve had more but I was trying to save room for the main dish.

The kicker here is how stupid easy they are to make. Super simple seasonings, a quick cook time, and kissed with just enough smoke to add some great flavor, but not enough to overwhelm the flavor of the shrimp. By far my favorite bite of 2018 so far!

Traeger Smoked Shrimp


Super simple jasmine rice and steamed vegetables would be GREAT for this. You can do them in one pot if you use an Instant Pot! Look for that recipe here soon.

Another great option would be this Togarashi Zucchini too. You can stirfry it if you don’t want to fry it, and it’s a great healthy alternative!

You can see all of our Trager Recipe Collection here!

Togarashi Zucchini

Traeger Smoked Shrimp

Traeger Smoked Shrimp

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These teriyaki smoked shrimp are quickly grilled on a hot Traeger wood-pellet grill, tossed in a thick teriyaki sauce, and garnished with sriracha mayo and green onions.


  • 1 pound uncooked, tail-on shrimp, {extra large 15 shrimp per pound or less}
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons sriracha mayo
  • 4 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onion


  1. If your shrimp have shells, peel them leaving just the tail on. Wash well and get rid of any vein leftover. Drain well, and lay on paper towels to try.
  2. Preheat your Traeger to 450°. Season the shrimp with the onion powder, garlic powder, and salt.
  3. Place the shrimp on the barbey and cook 5-6 minutes per side. Flip over and finish cooking. Remove the shrimp, toss with the teriyaki sauce, garnish with the sriracha mayo and green onions.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 87 Cholesterol: 190mg Sodium: 1241mg Carbohydrates: 2g Sugar: 1g Protein: 16g
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!
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S Halls

Sunday 16th of September 2018

Your hard to get hold of Every time i follow your instructions It looks steamed i want some BBQ texture I bought it at costco & seriously think of taking it back Burgers steaks font look bbq & chicke skin is tuff Chips are to high price & there is more I want some responce Not to be followed by all the extra email junk Lets fix this first

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 16th of September 2018

Hey Steve. I am just a blogger who happens to enjoy my Traeger grill. I don't offer support and am not the actual Traeger brand. You'll want to reach out to their support center if you are having issues, and I recommend joining one of the many available Traeger Facebook groups as well where fellow users are happy to help you troubleshoot if something isn't working right.

Best of luck!