Tequila Lime Shrimp

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"I found the recipe in a southwest cookbook back in 1989. It is always on the top of my list for dinner. It cooks quick (except for preparing the shrimp). I like to season it with Johnny's seasoning salt. It's great served with a Margareta. Based on Linky's review I added in sliced red peppers and green onion...we really enjoyed it...thanks Linky for the delicious suggestion."

Original recipe yields 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (369.7 g)
  • Calories 406.9
  • Total Fat - 13.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 165.7 mg
  • Sodium - 1490.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 51.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.5 g
  • Sugars - 3.2 g
  • Protein - 19.5 g
  • Calcium - 94.1 mg
  • Iron - 2.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 22.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Rinse and pat shrimp dry with paper towels.

Step 2

Heat butter and oil in medium skillet (I use a wok), over medium heat.

Step 3

When butter is melted, add garlic and cook 30 seconds.

Step 4

Add shrimp; cook 2 minutes, stirring often.

Step 5

Stir in tequila, lime juice, salt and red pepper flakes.

Step 6

Cook 2 minutes or till shrimp is pink and glazed.

Step 7

Add cilantro and cook 10 seconds, serve over hot rice.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



These shrimp were delicious. Loved the combination of flavors.

review by:
(12 Jul 2020)


Yum! This shrimp was so tasty and really easy to make, too. I really loved the flavor from the sauce. I served it over rice which soaked in the sauce perfectly. Thank you for a quick, and easy, weeknight dinner!

review by:
(5 Jun 2020)


Super fast dinner! I doubled the recipe in hopes that I may have a bit left for lunch the next day. No such luck....it was devoured. I didn't taste the tequila, but did taste the lime. I added lime zest as well. I served with some crusty bread to soak up the juices, but the rice did most of that. Thanks for a yummy quick meal. Made for FYC tag game.

review by:
(3 Oct 2019)


As I saw this recipe I could not resist to try it: I love shrimps, cilantro and lime! We enjoyed this very much. This quick recipe makes a great dish in a few minutes! Thanks a lot for your suggestion!

review by:
(13 Feb 2018)


Easy to prepare and tasty. We have had too much rice lately, so I served it over pasta. Would make a good appetizer served without rice or pasta.

review by:
(8 Apr 2017)


I would give this more stars if I could! The only change I made was to saute thinly sliced red bell pepper and onion in the butter/oil before adding the garlic and shrimp. What a wonderful dish! Thanks for posting!

review by:
(10 Jan 2016)