Grilled Jumbo Gulf Shrimp With Tomatoes & Chef Fabio Viviani

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012

Jumbo Grilled Gulf Shrimp With Tomatoes

This week Virtual Potluck has partnered with Bertolli Olive Oil, and is trying recipes by Chef Fabio Viviani; you may remember him from Top Chef. He is known for his sexy accent and how he says “hamburger”, but also for having two restaurants, Cafe Firenze and Fiernze Osteria!  Chef Fabio is also the spokesperson for Bertolli, and is kicking off their “Where Flavor Comes From Summer Grilling” campaign.

Virtual Potluck was given several recipes to choose from, and I chose the Grilled Jumbo Shrimp With Tomatoes. I was also sent their Classico Olive Oil to work with. Living on the Gulf Coast, I wanted to use the freshest ingredients possible, so my fresh Jumbo Gulf Shrimp were purchased locally, right off the docks. The tomatoes were from a local Farmers Market. I used cilantro in place of the parsley, and used fresh basil and garlic in the marinade. The outcome was amazing! The dish was so easy to prepare, and was a big hit with everyone at my poolside cookout.

The Ultimate “Boorger”

Also a hit was The Ultimate Burger, that Chef Fabio would call a Boorger! The heirloom tomatoes were drizzled with Classico Olive Oil and sprinkled with sea salt. The mushrooms were sauteed in the Classico Oil with Garlic. You can find that recipe here.

The Let’s Cook Summer Sweepstakes launched June 15, and  is a Facebook-based sweepstakes that celebrates the tastes of summer and offers prizes to help at-home cooks discover where flavor comes from. The Grand Prize is a trip for four to Los Angeles for a one-on-one cooking lesson with Chef Fabio Viviani, or $5,000 for a kitchen makeover! They have many other opportunities to win great prizes, so check them out on

Classico Olive Oil

Bertolli has a wonderful site you can go to for help with summer grilling ideas, and they have an app with a step-by-step guide of Chef Fabio Viviani in action! Who doesn’t like watching him cook! I know I do! You can find Fabio and the recipes here:

Grilled Jumbo Shrimp With Tomatoes :


Adapted from Chef Fabio Viviani

4 servings

  • Prep time: 20 Minutes
  • Marinate Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes

Shrimp Peeled Deveined and Marinating


  • 1 lb uncooked jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined with tail on
  • 12 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Bertolli Classico Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley ( I used cilantro)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Season if desired with salt and black pepper. Cover and marinate 10 minutes. Alternately thread shrimp and tomatoes on *skewers. Grill, turning once, 5 minutes until shrimp turn pink. *If using wooden skewers, soak in water at least 30 minutes prior to use.

Juicy and Flavorful Grilled Shrimp and Tomatoes

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11 Responses to “Grilled Jumbo Gulf Shrimp With Tomatoes & Chef Fabio Viviani”

  1. Gorgeous kebabs! Love the use of basil.

  2. YUMMMMMMM Susan. Looks delish!!

  3. R Huffman Sr says:

    Lived 6 yrs in Panama City Fl nothing like fresh gulf shrimp off the boat,Grilled this way is awwwwwsome.

  4. Rachel Cooks says:

    I don’t like shrimp (I know, horrible!) but I am still drooling over that burger!

  5. Fabio is my absolute favorite and so his dishes are amazing. Love your photos!

  6. Susan says:

    I think grilled shrimp are the best too Jeffrey, and that salad would go great with the grilled shrimp moonsword! Thanks for stopping by Susan in the Boonies!

  7. Jeffrey says:

    I really don’t think shrimp tastes better cooked any other way than grilled, something about that smokey flavor and a tiny bit of char. The vegetables are just an added bonus. Great looking plate.

  8. moonsword says:

    I found a recipe recently for Strawberry Spinach Salad with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing using olive oil…must try it now! Thanks for the link to your Sauteed Mushrooms recipe too! Cheers!

  9. Susan says:

    Yes we are! Heading over to see what you made now! Bet is is something delicious! :)

  10. That’s some tasty looking shrimp! Aren’t we lucky to have fresh seafood so readily available?

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