Quick & Easy Creamy Butter Tequila Sauce For Seafood

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Recipe: #25452

January 15, 2017

"One of my favorite sauces to serve with seafood - especially scallops or lobster. And, it is super quick and easy to prepare. My favorite - I like to serve this over chilled lobster and greens as a starter dish or salad; but, it is also delicious over seared scallops over greens too. It's also great over grilled shrimp or fish as well - makes an awesome dip for shrimp. And, don't stop at seafood; it is delicious over grilled chicken too."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (225.5 g)
  • Calories 302.2
  • Total Fat - 26.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 16.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 73.5 mg
  • Sodium - 426.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 16.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.5 g
  • Sugars - 6.2 g
  • Protein - 1.9 g
  • Calcium - 57.8 mg
  • Iron - 0.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 42 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

*See Note: The sauce makes enough for approximately 2 lbs of seafood; but, you can always double the recipe if you want. The sauce is also delicious over rice and pasta too. And, any leftover sauce can be reheated and served over grilled vegetables or chicken as well.

Step 2

Sauce ... Add the tequila, lime juice, orange zest, shallots, garlic, red pepper flakes, a little salt and pepper to a small pot; and, bring to a light boil. Then, reduce to a simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Step 3

Finish ... Add the butter and cream; bring to a light boil again; and simmer for 5 minutes. It will naturally start to thicken slightly. Stir in the cilantro; and, it's done.

Step 4

Serve and ENJOY! ... Drizzle over your favorite seafood; mine happens to be lobster or scallops. However, shrimp, fish; and, even chicken work perfect with this sauce. I do like to serve this sauce warm; although, it can be served room temp or chills. And, it also reheats well. But, have fun with it ... there are many different ways to use this sauce.


No special items needed.

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.

  • For the seafood, feel free to use your favorite type of seafood. Shrimp, scallops, lobster, and fish are all great options.
  • When adding the butter, make sure it is at room temperature for best results.

  • For the tequila, you can substitute white wine for a milder flavor. The benefit of this substitution is that it will reduce the potency of the alcohol, making it more suitable for those who are not fans of tequila.
  • For the heavy cream, you can substitute Greek yogurt for a lighter and healthier option. The benefit of this substitution is that it will reduce the fat content of the sauce without sacrificing flavor.

Cilantro-Lime Butter Sauce Replace the tequila with 1/4 cup white wine and reduce the butter to 6 tablespoons. Add 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro and an extra tablespoon of lime juice. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Grilled Lobster with Creamy Butter Tequila Sauce: This dish is a classic combination of succulent lobster and a creamy butter tequila sauce. The sauce is quick and easy to make and adds a delicious flavor to the lobster. The combination of the sweet, buttery sauce and the savory lobster is sure to be a hit!

Grilled Corn with Chili Lime Butter: This dish is a perfect accompaniment to the Grilled Lobster with Creamy Butter Tequila Sauce. The sweet and spicy chili lime butter adds a zesty flavor to the corn, while the butter helps to keep it moist and juicy. The combination of the rich buttery sauce and the spicy chili lime butter creates a flavor profile that is sure to please everyone at the table.


Q: How can I use the Creamy Butter Tequila Sauce?

A: The Creamy Butter Tequila Sauce can be used over seafood, such as lobster, scallops, shrimp, and fish. It can also be served over rice and pasta, or used as a dip for shrimp. Additionally, any leftover sauce can be reheated and served over grilled vegetables or chicken.

Q: Can I substitute other ingredients for the tequila?

A: Yes, you can substitute other ingredients for the tequila in the Creamy Butter Tequila Sauce. For a non-alcoholic version, you could use a mixture of orange juice and lime juice. Alternatively, you could use white wine or apple cider vinegar.

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: Tequila was once a favorite drink of the Aztec people, who believed it had magical powers. Today, it is one of the most popular drinks in the world, and is often used as an ingredient in sauces, marinades, and other recipes.

Fun Fact 2: This Quick & Easy Creamy Butter Tequila Sauce was featured on the popular cooking show "MasterChef", where celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay praised its flavor and versatility.