Grilled Margarita Shrimp

Celebrate National Tequila Day

July 24 is National Tequila Day. I’m sure everyone is looking for creative ways to celebrate. A margarita is an obvious choice, especially delicious in slushee form on a hot summer day. But don’t stop there! Since you already have tequila on hand, make some grilled margarita shrimp. Yes, there is such a thing and it’s delish! Also very simple.

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How to make Grilled Margarita Shrimp

To start, marinate the shrimp in a mix of tequila and lime juice (sounds like a margarita to me!) as well as some Mexican-y spices.

This step needs at least 30 minutes but can be left up to 3 hours. Very convenient when you feel like having a drink there are other dishes to prepare.

margarita shrimp on skewers ready to grill

To cook, the shrimp are threaded onto skewers and placed on a hot grill.

Shrimp cooks very quickly, so grill only 2-3 minutes per side to produce delicious, perfectly cooked crustaceans on a stick.

margarita shrimp grilled

These grilled margarita shrimp can be served with rice or a salad to make a light and satisfying meal.

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Grilled Margarita Shrimp

Very quick and easy!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Marinate time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Sula


  • 8 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes


  • 1 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 3 TB olive oil
  • 2 TB chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 TB tequila
  • 2 TB lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate to marinade for 30 minutes.
  • Soak bamboo skewers in water while shrimp is marinating.
  • Preheat grill to high heat and lightly oil the grates.
  • Thread the shrimp onto the skewers. Discard marinade.
  • Cook on the preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until shrimp turn pink.


Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1027mg | Potassium: 91mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 167mg | Iron: 2.5mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

Try this grilled margarita shrimp for your next cookout!

If you love shrimp, you should also try Chili Lime Shrimp or Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad .

If you love grilling food on skewers, you should give these Sweet and Sour Pork Kabobs a try!

Did you know? According to cocktail historian David Wondrich, the margarita is merely a popular Mexican and American drink, the Daisy (margarita is Spanish for “daisy”), remade with tequila instead of brandy. It became popular during Prohibition as people drifted over the border for alcohol. There is an account from 1936 of Iowa newspaper editor James Graham finding such a cocktail in Tijuana, years before any of the other margarita “creation myths”. (source: Wikipedia)


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