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sausage and shrimp on a toothpick

Sweet & Spicy Shrimp & Sausage

Sweet & Spicy Shrimp & Sausage Skewers are made with Hatch Green Chili chicken sausage and a jumbo shrimp, paired perfectly with a sweet chili dipping sauce.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword shrimp, shrimpappetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
30 minutes
Servings 12 people


  • 1 lb. shrimp, tail-on, peeled and deveined, thawed (16-20 per lb.)
  • 6 (links) Hatch Chili Chicken Sausage*

Seasoning for the shrimp

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Dipping sauce:

  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice


  • First, bring a large pot of water to boil and boil the sausage for 3-4 minutes. I like to do this step so the sausage firms up just a bit prior to cooking.
  • Then, cook the sausage on a frying pan with 1 Tbsp. olive oil. On medium heat. Leave the sausage whole. Flip occasionally.
  • Once the sausage gets a nice browned color on the exterior, slice the sausage carefully. To get the sausage crispy, place back in the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Watch carefully so they don’t burn. Set aside on a plate.
  • Place the thawed shrimp in a large bowl and mix with all of the seasonings. Cook in a single layer on another frying pan (or clean the one you previously used) over medium heat until cooked, about 3 minutes on each side. You will know when they are cooked when the shrimp are opaque.
  • Whisk together the 3 ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl.Skewer a shrimp and sausage together - tuck the sausage slices in the "C" curve of the shrimp and then thread them on a toothpick or small skewers and repeat until finished. Dunk in the sauce and enjoy!


You can also use a pre-packaged shrimp, typically 12 oz. package with 4 links.