Beer, Tequila, & Lime Marinated Spicy Grilled Shrimp

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"This is a great recipe for a party. Serve them on a big platter or bowl; or, in small individual cups. They are a bit spicy; but, NOT too hot. Make sure to serve with plenty of ice cold beer and/or margaritas. For something fun; see how I serve these below. There is enough marinade for 2-3 lbs of shrimp. Prep or Cook time; does NOT include time for the shrimp to rest in the marinade."

Original is 6 servings
  • FOR SAUCE - Note See Below


  • Serving Size: 1 (300.9 g)
  • Calories 254.7
  • Total Fat - 10.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 190.4 mg
  • Sodium - 1011.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 16.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.7 g
  • Sugars - 7.6 g
  • Protein - 21.8 g
  • Calcium - 108.6 mg
  • Iron - 1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 23.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Marinade ... Now, I find it is easiest to marinate in a ziploc bag; however, you can always use a bowl (non-reactive, glass). Add all the ingredients to the bag or bowl. and mix. Add the shrimp, and toss to combine. Close up the bag, or cover with plastic wrap; and, refrigerate at least 1 hour, up to 4 hours - but, no longer.

Step 2

Shrimp ... Transfer the shrimp from the marinade, to a sheet pan, lined with paper towels; or, I use a piece of newspaper if you have some laying around. Pat the shrimp dry; and, let the shrimp warm up a bit. You never want to cook with cold seafood. Also, make sure to discard the marinade.

Step 3

*See Note - Sauce ... Add the sriracha and honey to a small bowl or measuring cup; and mix until combined. *Note: I use 1/2 cup sriracha/2 tablespoons honey for 2 lbs shrimp; but, 3/4 cup sriracha/3 tablespoons honey for 3 lbs.

Step 4

Skewers ... I find it is the easiest way to cook them. However, you could use a grill basket; the kind you can flip over. And, you could use a inside grill pan as well. But, you would have to turn over every shrimp by hand; and that would be 60+ shrimp.

Step 5

Now, there are many ways to skewer them, 1 skewer or 2 skewers. But, in the end, you want them to lay flat, easy to turn without them rolling around; and, you never want to crowd the shrimp - otherwise, they will not get a nice sear. When using my long wooden skewers; I can get 6-7 shrimp on each skewer. NOTE: If using wooden skewers; make sure to soak them 10-15 minutes in water, if using an outdoor grill. It isn't as important using an indoor grill pan; but, it is very important when cooking outside - otherwise, they will burn.

Step 6

Once your shrimp are skewered; lay them flat on a sheet pan; and, brush both sides with the sauce.

Step 7

Grill ... I like high heat; because they take only minutes to cook. Three (3)-4 minutes per side, if that; just until they start to curl and turn pink. Shrimp will get rubbery if they are over cooked. Note: I prefer an out door grill; but, an indoor grill pan will also work well.

Step 8

Finish and Serve ... Below is a fun way to serve the shrimp for a party. But, you can serve them on a platter or in bowl; or, I love small individual party cups. I often use those clear plastic disposable ones. However you decide to serve the shrimp; don't forget the cilantro and lime wedges. Note: Use as much cilantro as you like; I know that NOT everyone is a cilantro fan. And, you can also serve these with tortilla chips or even warm grilled tortillas. ENJOY!

Step 9

FUN TO SERVE AT A PARTY - Serve the shrimp in an empty beer can. First ... empty out the beer can (or, just save your empties); then, using a can opener, take off the top. Rinse and clean your can well; then, fill your can with grilled shrimp. Layering shrimp and cilantro; and, stick a wooden skewer in the can with 2 limes wedges on it. You can use the skewer to get your shrimp out of the can. It's just a fun way to serve it for a party.


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Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Look for extra-large shrimp for this recipe, as they will be easier to skewer and cook evenly.
  • For the marinade, use a Mexican beer or any light beer that you enjoy drinking.

  • Substitute coconut milk for beer: Coconut milk will give the marinade a creamy texture and a subtle sweetness that will complement the spicy ingredients. This substitution will add a layer of flavor to the marinade without overpowering the other ingredients.
  • Substitute maple syrup for honey: Maple syrup will provide a slightly different flavor profile than honey, but will still give the sauce a sweet and savory flavor. The maple syrup will add a unique flavor to the sauce that will make it stand out.

Tequila-Lime Grilled Shrimp Replace the beer with 1/2 cup tequila in the marinade and reduce the olive oil to 2 tablespoons. Omit the Sriracha and honey from the sauce. Instead, brush the shrimp with melted butter or olive oil and sprinkle with chili powder and salt before grilling.

Mexican Street Corn Salad: This Mexican Street Corn Salad is a great accompaniment to the Beer, Tequila, & Lime Marinated Spicy Grilled Shrimp. The creamy, tangy dressing pairs perfectly with the spicy shrimp and adds a delicious crunch to the dish. The salad is easy to make and can be served as a side or as a topping for tacos.

Black Bean & Avocado Burrito Bowls: These Black Bean & Avocado Burrito Bowls are a great way to add some extra flavor and texture to the Beer, Tequila, & Lime Marinated Spicy Grilled Shrimp. The black beans and avocado provide a creamy, flavorful base, while the cilantro and lime add a bright, zesty finish. This dish is a great way to get a complete meal in one bowl and is sure to be a hit at your next gathering.


Q: How long should I marinate the shrimp?

A: The shrimp should be marinated for at least 1 hour, up to 4 hours. Do not marinate for longer than 4 hours.

Q: What is the best way to cook the marinated shrimp?

A: The best way to cook the marinated shrimp is to grill or sauté them. Grill or sauté the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side, or until they are cooked through and opaque.

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: Tequila is a Mexican alcoholic beverage made from the blue agave plant. It was first produced in the 16th century, and is now enjoyed all over the world. It is said that the famous outlaw Jesse James was a fan of Tequila.

Fun Fact 2: Cilantro is a popular herb in Mexican cuisine, and is a key ingredient in this recipe. It is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean region and is now found in many dishes around the world. It is also said to have been a favorite of the Aztec emperor Montezuma.