Passion Fruit Shrimp and Scallop Skewers

Not all of us have access to passion fruit, so using frozen pulp is a convenient way to keeps this unique flavor on hand for any culinary need.

Passion Fruit Shrimp & Scallop Skewers
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 navel orange

  • 1 lime

  • 1 14 ounce package frozen passion fruit pulp, thawed (1 1/2 cups)

  • ½ cup finely chopped shallots

  • 3 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • 24 fresh peeled, deveined large shrimp and/or sea scallops

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • Fresh Fruit Salad Skewers (see recipe)

  • Salad greens (optional)


  1. Juice orange and lime into a small bowl. Set aside 3 tablespoons of the citrus juice. In a large bowl combine the remaining juice, 1/2 cup of the passion fruit pulp, 1/4 cup of the shallots, 2 tablespoons of the canola oil, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper. Add shrimp and/or scallops to marinade mixture; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

  2. Meanwhile, for sauce: In a medium saucepan heat the remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil over medium-high. Add the remaining 1/4 cup shallots, the garlic, and crushed red pepper; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add the remaining passion fruit pulp, the reserved citrus juice, the sugar, vinegar, ginger, and an additional 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 25 to 30 minutes or until thickened and reduced to about 3/4 cup. Let cool. Reserve half of the sauce for serving and to make a passion fruit dipping sauce: Stir 2 tablespoons reserved sauce into the mayonnaise.

  3. Set up grill for direct heat. (See "How to Set Up Your Grill.") Drain shrimp and/or scallops, discarding marinade. Thread onto twelve 6-inch skewers.* Brush with some of the remaining sauce. Grill, covered, directly over medium-high about 5 minutes or until shrimp and/or scallops are opaque, turning and brushing with sauce once. Serve with reserved sauce, the passion fruit dipping sauce, Fresh Fruit Salad Skewers, and, if desired, salad greens. Serves 6.

Fresh Fruit Salad Skewers:

On wooden or metal skewers thread half of a medium seedless cucumber, cut into 3/4-inch-thick slices; 2 fresh kiwis, peeled and sliced; 1 cup cubed papaya; and 1 cup peeled, cubed pineapple.


Soak wooden skewers in water 30 minutes before threading with food to prevent wood from burning.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

319 Calories
11g Fat
32g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 319
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 194mg 65%
Sodium 450mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 0.1mg 1%
Calcium 109mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 712mg 15%
Vitamin B-6 32.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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