Rating: 4.43 stars
116 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 74
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1

Lime and tequila-marinated shrimp grilled on skewers make an easy appetizer to enjoy all summer.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
6 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 16 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk together the lime juice, tequila, olive oil, garlic salt, cumin, and black pepper in a bowl until well blended. Pour into a large resealable plastic bag; add the shrimp, seal bag and turn to coat evenly. Refrigerate 1 to 4 hours before grilling.

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  • Soak skewers at least 30 minutes in water to prevent burning.

  • Preheat outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Lightly oil grill grate, and place about 4 inches from heat source.

  • Drain and discard marinade from shrimp. Thread shrimp onto prepared skewers, 5 to 6 per skewer.

  • Cook, uncovered, on preheated grill until shrimp turn pink, turning once, for 5 to 7 minutes. Serve with lime wedges for garnish.

Nutrition Facts

235 calories; protein 18.8g; carbohydrates 3.8g; fat 14.6g; cholesterol 172.9mg; sodium 282.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (87)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2009
This is a great beginner recipe, BUT... Instead of using GARLIC SALT, use fresh garlic. There is enough salt in the shrimp itself. If you need more salt, then add a few twists of the sea salt grinder -to taste (TT). Also, add a hand full of fresh chopped cilantro and skip the cumin (cumin is over used in a lot of mexican dishes). Cilantro will give a great flavor to the dish and merries well with the lime and tequila. As far as adding more heat...GO FOR IT!!! I would use fresh serreno or habanera peppers for the connoisseur of hot, but if you like mild heat use the old standards -jalapeño or cayenne (fresh). If using that powdered cayenne- sprinkle on after grilling as a garnish. Remember, a recipe is only a guide. You can add and subtract from it as much as you want, BUT the intended flavors will change so ...remember to TASTE IT before marinating! Always remember...FRESH is the key ingredient to any marinade! One last tid bit... yes it is true that the acid will cook meat and fish if left for a period of time (especially fish), but shellfish can stand a little longer. At the most, 1 hour will suffice for this recipe. Any longer, the shrimp will start to take on an unpleasant bitter taste - dont forget to remove any seeds from the lime as this will hasten the bitterness. Hey 99burners... You over cooked the shrimp! That is why they came out rubbery! 3-4 minutes per side! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/24/2007
I followed this recipe fairly closely... although as I finished I added about 2 tsp of chili powder for extra flavor. The final dish was OK -- but seemed to be a little less exciting than I was hoping for... I only marinaded for about an hour in the fridge as I believe the citrus cooks the shrimp slightly. I may make this again but I would be sure to also add cayenne pepper and more black pepper for a little extra flavor. Read More
(15)
116 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 74
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2009
This is a great beginner recipe, BUT... Instead of using GARLIC SALT, use fresh garlic. There is enough salt in the shrimp itself. If you need more salt, then add a few twists of the sea salt grinder -to taste (TT). Also, add a hand full of fresh chopped cilantro and skip the cumin (cumin is over used in a lot of mexican dishes). Cilantro will give a great flavor to the dish and merries well with the lime and tequila. As far as adding more heat...GO FOR IT!!! I would use fresh serreno or habanera peppers for the connoisseur of hot, but if you like mild heat use the old standards -jalapeño or cayenne (fresh). If using that powdered cayenne- sprinkle on after grilling as a garnish. Remember, a recipe is only a guide. You can add and subtract from it as much as you want, BUT the intended flavors will change so ...remember to TASTE IT before marinating! Always remember...FRESH is the key ingredient to any marinade! One last tid bit... yes it is true that the acid will cook meat and fish if left for a period of time (especially fish), but shellfish can stand a little longer. At the most, 1 hour will suffice for this recipe. Any longer, the shrimp will start to take on an unpleasant bitter taste - dont forget to remove any seeds from the lime as this will hasten the bitterness. Hey 99burners... You over cooked the shrimp! That is why they came out rubbery! 3-4 minutes per side! Read More
(153)
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2008
I will never know how these tasted, people devoured them at a recent b-day party. I did add shallots and fresh garlic and marinated for 4 hours prior to putting on the grill and brushed with the left over marninade. Be careful when doing this as the olive oil and tequila will cause flare ups on the grill. I made enough for 50 people (12 lbs) and served on a cold plate sitting over ice. I never got to have any, they were a hit at the party. You know something is good when there is none left. We will definately be making again only next time just for us!! I'll post pictures soon. Read More
(53)
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2008
Yummy!! Have made this a few times as written. Always very good. Have found adding pinch of Cayenne improves it for me. The mild undercurrent of hot goes nicely with the tequila and other spices. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2011
Absolutely wonderful marinade! I Used the this recipe and added 1/4 teaspoon ground black peppercorns, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1/2 teaspoon cummin, DOUBLE the tequila (4 TBLS) and LEAVE the Shell on the Shrimp!! It holds the marinade in. BBQ shrimp till pink in color, do not over cook or will be rubbery and tough. My husband and I are caterers, Love this recipe :) Read More
(17)
Rating: 3 stars
09/24/2007
I followed this recipe fairly closely... although as I finished I added about 2 tsp of chili powder for extra flavor. The final dish was OK -- but seemed to be a little less exciting than I was hoping for... I only marinaded for about an hour in the fridge as I believe the citrus cooks the shrimp slightly. I may make this again but I would be sure to also add cayenne pepper and more black pepper for a little extra flavor. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2007
This is an easy and excellent appie. I did not grill the shrimp rather fried them for a few minutes in olive oil and served with toothpicks. Everyone loved them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2008
This was great. Marinade didn't overpower the shrimp but still added a nice flavor. Great for a light summer bbq chips and guacamole for an appetiser and a nice margarita on the side to compliment. I'll be making this again and suspect it will be a frequent meal in the hot summer Texas heat! Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
04/27/2013
Nice flavor but would have never known the shrimp was marinated with tequila. Therefore I'd say make the marinade without the tequila and save it for a margarita to go with the shrimp. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2010
Delicious!!! We added them to pasta and we ate until our pants had to be unbuttoned! Read More
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