Salt Plate Shrimp with Lemon Balm Sauce

Let’s talk about shrimp. On a Salt Plate. To kick of summer.

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My favorite part of wedding planning was registering at Williams-Sonoma for all things kitchen. This probably comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me even a little bit. My fiancé had a great time registering too and we had such a fun day thinking about the things that might fill our home one day.

As we registered we tried to be strategic, thinking about what we really needed, what we would love to have but would never splurge on ourselves, and also what would be practical for future moves (side note: I hate packing and moving, it’s the worst). So we didn’t go too crazy choosing random things to register for.

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Except for one thing. The one thing we definitely didn’t need, the thing that was not practical and  would likely take up space that we don’t have, but we agreed that we really really wanted it. A pink Himalayan salt plate!

Wonderfully, my best friend can pick up on just that sort of thing. Something fun that we want but don’t need and wouldn’t splurge on ourselves. She gifted us the salt plate with accompanying cook book at our shower earlier this spring, and needless to say, we are obsessed.

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We still have so many ways to play around with the salt plate, you can heat it up in the oven and bake cookies on it, freeze it and use it to mix ice cream with toppings “Cold Stone” style, chill it and use it to serve cheese and charcuterie, the possibilities are endless!

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So far, we have only used it to grill with and that’s what I will be sharing today. We heated the plate on the grill and then cooked the food in batches. Cooking with the salt block infused a wonderful yet subtle salt flavor that made some of our favorite foods to grill somehow even more delicious.

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If you’re looking for a fun gift, or to gift yourself. I would highly recommend the salt plate!

Here’s the one we were gifted (thanks Megan!)

What’s more appropriate for your spring and summer barbecues than throwing all these good things on the grill and impressing your friends with salt plate shrimp?!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb shrimp, cleaned with tails removed
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 4-6 slices thick bread
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, divided

Lemon balm sauce

  • 1/2 c lemon balm leaves
  • 1/4 c Italian parsley
  • zest and juice of one medium lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1 t salt, 1/2 t pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients for lemon balm sauce in the food processor or blender and blend until smooth, add a couple of splashes of water if needed, set aside
  2. Remove woody ends from asparagus. On a sheet pan or large dish, drizzle with 1 T olive oil, season with 1/2 t pepper.
  3. Clean and pat shrimp dry, season with 1/2 t pepper.
  4. Mix garlic and remaining olive oil. Cover both sides of each slice of bread with a light coating of the oil and garlic mixture.
  5. Heat the salt plate on the grill according to book/package directions. Grill the asparagus until lightly charred, remove and set aside. Next grill the bread on the salt block until lightly browned.**
  6. Grill the shrimp 2-3 minutes per side, until pink and opaque. Remove and serve immediately topped with lemon balm sauce, with the asparagus and grilled bread.

**If you don’t have a salt plate, just grill all items directly on the grill after seasoning the shrimp and asparagus lightly with salt, and add a pinch of salt to the oil and garlic mixture. It will turn out just as well!

Note: This post was not sponsored, I’m just really excited about my new salt block!

What a perfect main dish to kick off summer. Check out all of the other fun summer recipes from some wonderful food blogger friends. This can be you one stop for all your summer barbecue meal planning needs. See all the recipes for our Great Blogger BBQ below!

50 recipes for the perfect summer get-together! Whether you're planning a barbecue, picnic, or outdoor party, check out everything from appetizer recipes, entree recipes, cocktail recipes, dessert recipes, side dish recipes and more to go with your BBQ! #greatbloggerBBQ

50 recipes for the perfect summer get-together! Whether you're planning a barbecue, picnic, or outdoor party, check out everything from appetizer recipes, entree recipes, cocktail recipes, dessert recipes, side dish recipes and more to go with your BBQ! #greatbloggerBBQ

Appetizers

Korean BBQ Tofu Sliders with Kimchi Slaw by Hello Little Home
Corn, Black Bean, and Feta Dip by Lizzy is Dizzy
Crab, Bacon & Guacamole Crostinis by That Square Plate

Cocktails and Drinks

Blackberry Gin Slush by The Speckled Palate
Homemade Lemonade by Winstead Wandering
Blood Orange Mocktail by Body Rebooted
Fleur Collins Cocktail by Hungry Girl por Vida
Fourth of July Sparkler by Mixplorology
Black Stripe Cold Rum Cocktail by Honey and Birch
Fresh Watermelon Mojito by Twin Stripe
Mint Hibiscus Lemonade by The Little Epicurean
Wine Slushy by Living Well Kitchen
Basil Gin Lemonade by Glisten and Grace

Entrées

Salt Plate Shrimp by The Mexitalian
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Burgers by Simple and Savory
Roasted Vegetable Grilled Pizza with Garlic Herb Oil by Ciao Chow Bambina
Memphis Style Pulled Pork by Two Places at Once
Balsamic & Honey Chicken Skewers with Strawberry-Kiwi Salsa by No Spoon Necessary
Amazing Basic Spice Rub for Grilling by An Oregon Cottage
Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs by PasadenaDaisy
Smoked Porchetta Pork Loin by Tasty Ever After
Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork by Appeasing a Food Geek
Peach Barbecue Sauce by The Beach House Kitchen
Tuna Stuffed Sweet Peppers by SugarLoveSpices
Herb Marinated Steak Gyros Plates with Tomato-Onion Salad and Green Tahini Sauce by Feed Me Phoebe
Marinated Skirt Steak with Sweet Corn and Cherry Salad by Domesticate ME!
Sweet & Sour Chicken Kebabs by Tastefully Frugal

Side Dishes

Caprese Pasta Salad by Club Narwhal
Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad by Two Sisters Kitchens
Coconut Milk Mac & Cheese by A Little Gathering
Cherry Quinoa Salad by Food Lovin Family
Cheddar, Corn and Bacon Potato Salad by Family Food on the Table
Lemon Rocket Pasta Salad by Lauren Caris Cooks
Green Goddess Potato Salad by Love & Flour
Red White & Blue Watergate Salad by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Zesty Potato Skewers by Pamela Salzman
Quinoa Tabouli by A Fork’s Tale

Desserts

Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake by Feast + West
Strawberry Beer Floats by bethcakes
Cherry Cheesecake Dessert by The Little Blonde Baker
Light Berry Angel Food Cake by The Creative Bite
Lemon Cream Tarts with Berries by Girl Heart Food
Fresh Strawberry Muffins by Spiced
Lemon Pie Sundae by Flavours & Frosting
Strawberry Lemon Shortcakes by Dash of Herbs
Grasshopper Pie by 2 Cookin’ Mamas
Berry Mango Smoothie Pops by HÄLSA Nutrition
Mixed Berry Vanilla Bean Cake by Cake ‘n Knife
No Churn Cookies and Cream Strawberry Ice Cream by The Secret Ingredient Is
Coconut Blueberry & Vodka Ice Pops by Nik Snacks
Strawberry Key Lime Margarita Greek Yogurt Ice Pops by Beer Girl Cooks
Cherry & Rhubarb Tart by Crepes of Wrath

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45 thoughts on “Salt Plate Love & Great Blogger Barbecue”

  1. Love the sound of cooking shrimp on a salt block. I just recently received one & I’m planning on trying out some buffalo burgers. Hope they come out as delicious as your shrimp did! Thanks for the other ideas too!

  2. Love these shrimp! I find shrimp addictive normally, but you’ve stepped them up and these sound delicious! Now I just need to go get me a salt plate (what a sweet friend to know that’s what you really wanted to be spoiled with!) so I can make them just this way!

    1. Thanks Kathryn! The salt plate is a perfect treat for yourself. I can’t wait to try making ice cream on it.

  3. How fascinating! I’ve only used lemon balm for teas! Now I have to hope someone is selling a plant here in town. Beautiful photos.

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