Tequila-Glazed Grilled Shrimp

Ready to take the usual summer barbeque spread up a notch? A few ingredients from south of the border give scrumptious grilled shrimp some festive flavor. Serve these skewers as an appetizer or with cilantro-lime brown rice and grilled veggies for a light but satisfying meal.

Tequila-Lime Shrimp
Photo by Perry Santanachote

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes



1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails left on
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 jalapeno chili, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Zest of 1 lime plus lime wedges, for serving
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup tequila
1 shallot, finely chopped
8 bamboo skewers
Chopped fresh chives (optional)
Cilantro sprigs (optional)


  1. In a large Ziploc bag, combine shrimp, oil, half the jalapeno, half the garlic, zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour.
  2. In a shallow saucepan, combine remaining jalapeno and garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, orange juice, tequila, and shallots. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until mixture is thick, about 10 minutes.
  3. Soak the skewers in water briefly and thread four shrimp per skewer.
  4. Heat a gas grill on high and grill shrimp, turning once, until just opaque, about 5 minutes. Transfer to plates and drizzle tequila sauce over the shrimp. Garnish with chives and cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

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