Gochujang Saewu Gui (Spicy Grilled Shrimp Skewers)

saewu gui recipe

Sometimes it only takes one special ingredient to give a dish a total makeover. In this recipe, that one ingredient is gochujang (Korean red chili pepper paste)! It turns what would have been ordinary grilled shrimp into something totally different and delicious. Hope you try this gochujang shrimp for your next grilling. 

Simply added a couple spoonfuls of it to my usual marinade for grilling shrimp. That’s it! If you think about it, how can you go wrong with gochujang (κ³ μΆ”μž₯)? It’s savory, peppery, pungent, slightly sweet and spicy – all at once. To complete the meal, serve with grilled vegetables or a summer salad.

Also, this gochujang shrimp can be an easy addition to your grilling party since it really doesn’t take much effort to pull this together. 

gochujang saewu gui recipe 1 

1 pound large or jumbo shrimp, peeled, tail on, and deveined

For the marinade:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic (or more to taste)
juice of 1/2 of a fresh lemon (about 1-1/2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons Korean red chili pepper paste (gochujang)
2 teaspoons sugar or honey
1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste

finely chopped scallions or chives for garnish (optional)

Soak wooden skewers in water while preparing the shrimp. Rinse the shrimp and drain. Thread the shrimp on to the skewers.

Mix all the marinade ingredients well in a bowl.

Spoon (or brush) the marinade over the shrimp to coat evenly. Let stand for 20 to 30 minutes.


Preheat a lightly oiled grill. Grill the shrimp over moderate heat until just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes each side. Do not overcook. Baste the shrimp with any remaining sauce while grilling. You can also cook the shrimp in a grill pan over medium high heat. Garnish with the optional scallions or chives.

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  1. Sue | My Korean Kitchen says

    Great idea! It looks super tasty. I’m so looking forward to trying this when the summer arrives here!

  2. These look delicious. I can’t wait to get back on the grill this summer! I’m a sucker for spicy shrimp.

  3. Virginia says

    What a great idea. Also, I think this would work very well with chicken. The marinade (minus the gochujang) is my typical chicken marinade for a weeknight dinner, and this sounds like a perfect variation.

    • Thanks, Virginia! It does. I’ve been grilling chicken this way too. Added a little bit of rice wine and soy sauce for chicken. Think I should post that soon too. Enjoy!

  4. Oh Hyosun, these shrimps look extremely delicious!!! Love this kind of easy marinade and bbq recipe!

  5. Anonymous says

    Just tried this shrimp recipe tonight — it was a big hit with our family! Even the kiddies ate them! We added a little extra sugar (we like things sweet =). Delicious! Thank you for the creative recipe!

  6. What a tempting pictures and very delicious shrimps, Hyosun! I want this now for my breakfast πŸ˜€

  7. Anonymous says

    Wow, I am so happy to have found this blog. I live on the Eastern Shore of MD, and been craving cucumber kimchi and yours what the closest to what my mom makes, except with measurements!

  8. kumars kitchen says

    we love grilled shrimps in all forms, but this looks just out of the world with its fiery red color and perfect recipe,yummm πŸ™‚

  9. Lori Lynn says

    agree, can’t go wrong with gochujang! And look at that color of the shrimp! Gorgeous!

  10. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing. Thank you for the recipe!

  11. Hi! Just wanted to tell you that I was cooking an all Korean dinner and I wanted to include some shrimp in the menu so I looked online to see what was out there and I found your recipe… we all agreed it’s great!!!! -I did add some minced ginger to the marinade.

    Thank you so much! This recipe is a keeper πŸ™‚

  12. This is an amazing marinade for shrimps !! We will definitely try it!! πŸ™‚