Insanely Yummy Tequila and Lime Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Personally, I think any time of year is the perfect time to grill but can we all agree that springtime is special? Roasted peaches and pineapple, red pepper chunks, steaks, slathered chicken and ribs, and even seafood. Shrimp takes a marinade super fast and grills to a perfect pink in moments! That is why we are excited to share this lime and tequila grilled shrimp recipe. 

When it comes to grilling shrimp you generally have two choices. You can either grill the shrimp in a grill basket or you can use skewers. If you just placed them on the grates, they would most likely fall through. 

Let's talk skewers

It is clear that people have serious feelings about which type of skewers are the best. There are fair arguments to be made for both. We have used both types of skewers over the years and tested various options. If I had to choose a favorite, I would personally lean towards metal skewers.

Wooden Skewers

  • Pros : Wooden skewers are clearly a natural product. They will break down in landfills. They are cheap to buy in bulk.
  • Cons : Wooden skewers are not as sturdy and may not hold as much food. In my experience, they can also catch on fire if they aren’t soaked in water long enough. They may also lose their shape or bend during the cooking process. They could be considered wasteful, since they are single-use disposables. 

Important Note: If you are going to use wooden skewers you will want to fully soak them in water for a full hour.

Metal Skewers 

  • Pros : Metal skewers are going to be stable during the grilling process. Generally, metal skewers have some type of handle and therefore they are easier to rotate. Also, metal skewers may make a far more attractive presentation on the plate. They are reusable and easily cleaned. 
  • Cons : Metal skewers are tiny swords and should be treated as such. You need to be very careful when serving people and remind them that there is a sharp point on the end. This sharp point can also make them hazardous to other items in drawers or hazardous to fingers when storing them. They will also be particularly hot when they come off the grill.  



Insanely Yummy Tequila and Lime Grilled Shrimp Recipe

  • Author: Andi Reis


  • 2 lbs of extra large, unpeeled and deveined shrimp
  • 2 medium shallots, finely chopped (Shallots are mildly delicious but often pricey. Sub: green onion, white or yellow onion, dried or fresh chives, or in a pinch, 1 t. onion powder)
  • 2 medium cloves of garlic, minced (Highly rated mincer here, but you can also use the edge of a knife)
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. tequila (you choose the brand)
  • 1/4 c. lime juice
  • 2 t. ground cumin
  • ½ t. salt
  • ¼ t. pepper


Create marinade

  1. In a large glass bowl mix the lime juice, minced garlic, chopped shallots, cumin, tequila. Add salt and pepper.
  2. Slowly add in olive oil and whisk together.

Marinade shrimp

  • Add shrimp to the glass bowl with marinade. Mix and coat shrimp generously. Cover the glass bowl with lid or plastic wrap. Place entire bowl in the fridge to marinate for 3-4 hours. (Note: Glass is the preferred container for such a high-acid marinade.)

Grill Shrimp

  • Prepare shrimp for the grill
  • If using skewers, spear the shrimp, preferably lengthwise so each shrimp is “woven” onto the skewer. Leave a small bit of space between each shrimp for heat to access all sides. If using a grill basket, spray the basket bottom with nonstick grilling spray (outside and not where the spray can get on your floor, causing it to become slick) and add shrimp to the basket.
  • Preheat the grill to medium heat.
  • Grill shrimp for 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Serve shrimp while hot.
  • Enjoy!


When it comes to picking out shrimp you have plenty of options. Our favorite kind of shrimp is the frozen bags of peeled and deveined shrimp. However, if you are buying fresh, raw shrimp, you can always pick up a shrimp deveiner tool and make your life much easier.

Grilling shrimp can be a super simple dinner recipe. If you think ahead a bit, you can marinade the shrimp before leaving for work in the morning. Then when you get home at night, you can just prep the skewers, pop on the grill and in 8 minutes you have your main dish. If you want to keep the meal light and simple, just add this shrimp to a spring salad and you are set.

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