2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 onion
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup chopped parsley
4 cloves minced garlic
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons paprika
1 lemon, juiced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
wooden skewers

Slowly but surely, the birds are chirping, flowers are in bloom and the weather’s getting warmer. For barbecue connoisseurs who are also on a tight budget, here’s a way to feed your friends on a nice day for less than 30 bucks.

Shrimp has various health benefits. Aside from the immense amount of protein they provide for such small items, shrimp are low in fat and calories. This is a sweet and spicy recipe that will keep you wanting more.

This recipe is a little complex, but your hard work will surely be rewarded in the end. Start by preparing the shrimp marinade. In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, parsley, garlic, oregano, tomato paste, paprika, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Next, dump the peeled shrimp into the bowl of marinade, turning and mixing to fully coat all of it. Cover the bowl with some plastic wrap and refrigerate for half an hour. This is a great time to start preparing your grill.

Grilling is fun, relaxing and tasty, but it can be a tedious task, so make sure you take all the necessary precautions to ensure optimum barbecue quality. If you’re using a gas grill, make sure the flame isn’t too high. If you’re using coal, don’t start cooking until all your lighter fluid is burned out and your coals are red.

While you’re waiting for the fire to settle and the shrimp to finish marinating, cut up the onion into thick slices that you can still thread onto a skewer. Take out the shrimp and thread them onto the skewers, alternating with the onion slices.

Once your coals are hot and there’s no more flame, you can start throwing the shrimp skewers onto the grill. Considering the amount of olive oil in the marinade, this will cause the coals to start flaming. Don’t be alarmed. Just be careful and make sure you keep turning the skewers so the wood doesn’t get too burned.

Shrimp doesn’t take too long to cook, so supervise the process to make sure you don’t burn anything. Depending on how hot your grill is, it could take anywhere from five to 15 minutes.

Serve with a side of corn on the cob and pineapple slices.

Bon appétit!