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Traeger Teriyaki Smoked Shrimp

Traeger Teriyaki Smoked Shrimp is an easy shrimp recipe that’s just as fast as it is delicious. The subtle smoke flavor is perfect with a big shrimp, and the teriyaki sauce makes this a perfect appetizer or main course over a bed of basmati rice.

Traeger Smoked Teriyaki Shrimp

Teriyaki 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. Traeger Smoked Shrimp with teriyaki sauce is going to catapult up to the top of your favorites list. I’m already sending him out for more 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.

Teriyaki Smoked Shrimp

How to cook shrimp on the pellet grill

Smoking shrimp is SO easy. Easier than any other cooking method.

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This method is utilizing the grill feature of your Traeger 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 of additional minutes. The longer you keep the Traeger lid open the more heat it releases, and the longer it takes to come back up to temp.

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Teriyaki Smoked Shrimp

What kind of sauce is best for this recipe?

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 is best for this recipe?

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 heat enough to warm through).

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 stupidly 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 the year so far!

Traeger Smoked Shrimp

What should you serve with this dish?

Super simple jasmine rice and grilled asparagus 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 stir-fry it if you don’t want to fry it, and it’s a great healthy alternative!

Smoked Teriyaki Shrimp
Yield: 6

Traeger Smoked Shrimp

Traeger Smoked Shrimp

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.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 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: 87Cholesterol: 190mgSodium: 1241mgCarbohydrates: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 16g

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

Tony Jae

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Hi, is there a particular brand of teriyaki sauce you recommend? (Just a note: I tried one of your recipes for the first time tonight, for smoked boneless pork chops, and it was incredible! I followed your instructions step-by-step, perfectly smokey flavor, smoke ring, beautiful grill marks, tender & juicy! I have the traeger pro 22.)

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 25th of February 2021

Hey Tony! That's amazing. So glad you liked the pork chops. I like the Very Very Teriyaki brand. There's also a pretty good Panda Express version. It is pretty hard to screw up teriyaki sauce though, so just pick whatever looks best to you that's available at the store. :D

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!

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