Grilled Margarita Shrimp

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 margarita shrimp. Yes, there is such a thing and it’s delish! Also very simple.

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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, which is convenient when you feel like having a drink there are other dishes to prepare.

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.

These 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
Keyword: Seafood
Servings: 4
Calories: 228kcal


  • 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


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