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tequila lime grilled shrimp

Tequila Lime Grilled Shrimp

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilling & smoking, indoor grill, seafood
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Marinade: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 359kcal
Tequila lime grilled shrimp cooked with outer shell intact to preserve tender meat and flavor. Cooked on an indoor grill but recipe can be used for either indoor or outdoor grilling.
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  • 1 grill Indoor or outdoor
  • 12 wooden bamboo skewers Soak in water while prepping marinade


  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white tequila
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 whole limes Sliced in half
  • 2 lbs. large shrimp with shells Choose a grilling friendly skin-on variety such as rock shrimp or similar. Also ensure the shrimp is de-veined before starting


Prepare Marinade

  • Reminder: Soak bamboo skewers in cold water at least 20 minutes before grilling to prevent wood from charring.
  • Combine garlic, olive oil, tequila, salt, cayenne pepper into bowl and mix well until thoroughly combined.
  • Squeeze juice from one half of lime into mixture, stir.
  • Coat shrimp thoroughly with mixture, refrigerate for one hour (or longer).

Grill Shrimp

  • Preheat grill to medium to medium-high heat. For an indoor or temperature-controlled outdoor grill, set the heat to 350° - 375°
  • Skewer shrimp onto the pre-soaked bamboo skewers - so that there are enough to cook but not so much that they are crowded. The amount will largely depend on the size of your bamboo skewers and the size of your grill
  • Use a brush to carefully apply oil to the grill (don't use a spray...). Place shrimp directly onto the grill until cooked through, or about 3 minutes per side.
  • Remove from heat and allow shrimp to slightly cool - enough to handle, and remove shell with kitchen shears.
  • Serve and enjoy


The nutritional values are calculated based on the entire weight and measure of the marinade which obviously don't make it onto the serving plate. Consider this when making decisions regarding this dish. 


Serving: 200g | Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1575mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.05g | Vitamin A: 478IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 1mg