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Grilled Buffalo Shrimp served over grilled Romaine Lettuce and topped with blue cheese crumbles. Ready in minutes and perfect for grilling season.

Grilled Buffalo Shrimp served over grilled Romaine Lettuce and topped with blue cheese crumbles plated with chips

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How To Grill Shrimp

For this easy Grilled Buffalo Shrimp recipe, I used jumbo shrimp. Large shrimp will also work well. The bigger, the better. Mix the shrimp with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. The shrimp only take about 5-7 minutes total to grill, barely enough time to pour that glass of wine.

Buffalo Sauce Recipe

After the shrimp cooks, remove them from the grill and make a tasty buffalo sauce to pour over the top. Buffalo sauce is a tangy, spicy sauce made with melted butter and hot sauce. Such a deliciously easy sauce that’s not only terrific on shrimp, but also on grilled chicken and vegetables too.

Grilled shrimp coated with buffalo sauce in a bowl

You could certainly enjoy these grilled buffalo shrimp stuffed in a tortilla or sandwiched between two pieces of crusty french bread, but I thought grilled lettuce would be a lighter choice.

That’s right, grilled lettuce.

How To Grill Lettuce

Have you ever tried it? If you have, then you know how delicious grilled lettuce is. If you haven’t, well then you certainly need to give it a try.

Romaine lettuce covered with olive oil, salt and pepper on a baking sheet next to the grill

For best results, you don’t want to use just any kind of lettuce. Dense romaine lettuce works best because it stays together on the grill. Just slice the romaine lettuce in half lengthwise, drizzle a little olive oil and a dash of lemon pepper or simply salt and pepper over the tops and place them cut-side down on the grill.

Romaine lettuce on the grill before turning

Cook the lettuce until they’re slightly wilted and charred, about 5 minutes.

Romaine lettuce on the grill with char marks after it has been turned

You could chop the lettuce up and put it in a big bowl or keep it simple by topping the grilled romaine with the grilled buffalo shrimp and crumbled blue cheese.

Grilled Buffalo Shrimp on grilled Romaine lettuce topped with blue cheese crumbles plated with chips

If you’re a fan of spicier foods, top the grilled shrimp with spicy habanero pickled peppers…

A spoonful of habanero slices from a jar on a metal tray with the plated grilled buffalo shrimp on romaine lettuce with blue cheese crumbles

This Grilled Buffalo Shrimp recipe is a quick and easy meatless meal that’s perfect for this time of the year.  


Grilled Buffalo Shrimp

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Grilled Buffalo Shrimp served over grilled Romaine Lettuce and topped with blue cheese crumbles. Ready in minutes and perfect for grilling season.


For The Grilled Shrimp

  • 2 pounds large or jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For The Buffalo Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce

For The Grilled Romaine Lettuce

  • 3 heads romaine lettuce , halved lengthwise, rinsed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch kosher salt
  • pinch freshly ground black pepper

Optional Toppings

  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • sliced habanero peppers


  • Heat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Toss the shrimp in a large bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper. 
  • Lightly oil grill, then place the shrimp on the grill and cook covered turning once until shrimp is cooked, 5-7 minutes total.
  • Remove shrimp from the grill and place in a large bowl and cover while you make the buffalo sauce.

To Make The Buffalo Sauce

  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  • Stir in the hot sauce.
  • Pour over shrimp and toss until coated. Cover to keep warm and set aside.

To Make The Grilled Romaine Lettuce

  • Place romaine halves cut-side down on grill, and cook, turning once, until charred and slightly wilted, about 5 minutes.

To Assemble

  • Place the grilled romaine lettuce on plate, top with grilled buffalo shrimp, blue cheese crumbles and sliced peppers.
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  1. These sound delicious! They would make a great appetizer or light lunch. Buffalo flavor is huge at my house so definitely trying these.

  2. This looks so delicious! I love all kinds of shrimp dishes, and right now, with the warmer weather, I find myself craving meals on the light and healthy side. I can’t wait to try this!

  3. I love grilled romaine! This looks really good and easy. Also, I had no idea buffalo sauce was just hot sauce and butter.

  4. how did i not think of this – buffalo, blue cheese, & shrimp are some of my faves – and I just had grilled romaine for the first time within the last few months believe it or not.

  5. This sounds so perfectly delicious and spicy, I love it! This is everything I love, and we are doing low carb right now, and this fits the bill!

  6. Buffalo shrimp is one of my favorite things to eat! There’s a pub nearby that makes the best buffalo shrimp but they are deep fried. I love that you grilled this. All the flavor, no guilt.