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A marinade flavored with tequila, lime, garlic and more, transformed ordinary shrimp into zesty, delectable Margarita Shrimp! This Grilled Shrimp Recipe is out of this world and is guaranteed to become a favorite with your family!

Skewered Margarita Shrimp on a white platter

Grilled Margarita Shrimp

Did you all know today is National Margarita Day? I can barely keep track of what day of the week it is, let alone if it’s a foodie holiday. Well, without my foodie friends, I wouldn’t have either. My friend, Heather, of girlichef, has organized a group of bloggers to share margarita recipes. Now margaritas just happen to be my favorite cocktail, but Bill is in the hospital recovering from a heart valve replacement. Much as I’d like to liquor up with a gargantuan slushy margarita, I decided a light, zesty Grilled Shrimp Recipe was a better alternative.

Close view of Grilled Shrimp Recipe on skewers

How to Grill Shrimp

It only takes an extra minute on the grill and shrimp goes from tender and succulent, to tough and rubbery. And since a grill is often way hotter than your oven, it can happen in the blink of an eye! So here are a few tips on how to grill shrimp perfectly!

  • Start with the freshest shrimp available. Purchase on the day you plan to grill it.  If you buy frozen, defrost it on the day you’re going to eat it.
  • Buy extra-large shrimp for the best results. Small shrimp will cook way too fast on the grill and getting them off in a timely manner is more difficult.
  • Marinate about 30 minutes to an hour. When there is citrus in the marinade, the shrimp will start to deteriorate from the acid more quickly than sturdier protein sources like beef or pork.
  • Grill over direct, medium heat, about 350-450º. The internal temperature of shrimp should reach 120º, but chances are you won’t have time to check! Just watch for visual cues.
  • Shrimp cook quickly, so watch for a color change and for the shrimp to curl into a C shape. If the C shape gets “too” tight, the shrimp is overcooked. PRO-Tip: Do a trial run with one or two shrimp to see how long it takes for them to cook and make a note of the time.
  • PRO-Tip:  Soak your wooden skewers in water for an hour or so before grilling so they don’t burn.
  • PRO-Tip: Use TWO skewers to stabilize the shrimp making them easier to flip. Check the photo above for details.

Simple, Flavorful Margarita Shrimp!

This uber-simple recipe made for tender and flavorful shrimp. The grilled shrimp marinade with the classic margarita flavors of lime, tequila and triple sec was also given a flavor boost from garlic, cilantro, and honey. The shrimp bathed in this flavorsome marinade for just a half-hour then basked under the heat of the broiler till pink.  These Margarita Shrimp are pure deliciousness. Here are a few more margarita inspired recipes:

Margarita shrimp in a bowl with lime slices
Margarita Shrimp

Margarita Shrimp

Succulent marinated broiled shrimp inspired by the margarita cocktail!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 3 servings


  • 1 pound large or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails left on
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons tequila
  • 1 teaspoon triple sec
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Soak about 10 long wooden skewers in water while you prepare the shrimp.
  2. Whisk together all ingredients in a medium bowl except shrimp. Add shrimp and gently toss to coat shrimp. Marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes, gently stirring a couple of times.
  3. Skewer shrimp onto two parallel skewers and place on a rack over a baking sheet or a broiler pan.
  4. Preheat broiler and broil about 6 inches away from element for 3-5 minutes or until cooked through (time depends on the size of shrimp), turning at halfway point. Or grill if desired which may take even less time!
  5. Serve warm.

Total time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 327Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 319mgSodium: 1786mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 35g


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45 comments on “Grilled Margarita Shrimp”

  1. SO, so glad that you went for an edible…and a savory at that! I am definitely going to make this soon. Thanks for sharing for National Margarita Day.

  2. Margaritas are more my Mom’s thing, but I’ll gladly eat the shrimp.

  3. I am all for margarita day… and these are an excellent way to celebrate. YUM!

  4. While I’m not a seafood fan, I am a fan of a good margarita! Hope your hubby can come home soon:@)

  5. These look so yummy! These help me remind spring is on the way – sun, warmth, and outside relaxing.

  6. Since my hubs doesn’t eat shrimp, these would be all mine. And, I would really be ok with that!

  7. I love margarita shrimp and yours look so very good!!! Happy Margarita Day!!

  8. What time is the party? I will be right over!! Looks beyond delish, Liz!

    Happy National Margarita Day!!

  9. Well, first of all, let me just say that you DESERVE a gargantuan slushy Margarita. But that can come later. These shrimp sound like an absolutely PERFECT substitute. Plus, they are absolutely gorgeous, Liz.

  10. oh gosh…this makes me wish even more that I wasn’t allergic to shrimp…I wanna cry! They look so refreshing and sound amazing!

  11. Liz, this recipe looks great…it’s my kind of dish! It looks like “pure deliciousness” to me, too. I hope your husband is recovering well and will be home soon! Thanks for sharing another fabulous recipe!

  12. That marinade sounds wonderful with the shrimp!

  13. Sounds tasty and kicking shrimp dish!!!
    ps:i have no idea there’s such a margarita day before

  14. I’ve made margarita shrimp before and its insane good!! Your’s looks wonderful and beautiful photos as always!

  15. National Margarita Day? How am I never in the know!? I love your twist on the typical margarita! I’ve never cooked with tequila before but this sounds amazing! Beautiful!

  16. Although I am not a margarita fan (I know, weird as it is) I know I would absolutely love these. I can already see myself serving this on the dock next summer for cocktails!
    I hope Bill is doing well and that he will be home soon.

  17. One margarita and another plate of those margarita shrimp to go with it, please. How lovely these look.

  18. This shrimp looks wonderful even though I avoid eating it. I have to say though your photos have come a long way. They look terrific. I remember you mentioned a course you were taking by someone online – who was that again? I may have to check it out.

  19. Lizzy,
    My hubby would love this. Hope your hubby is doing well and that everything went as planned.

  20. What lovely looking shrimp for a great celebration day!

  21. I always get confused with the days. Like today, I really thought it was Sunday and I went crazy rushing to get things done. Good thing Wes, my bf, rest assured me it’s Sat! Phew! And now that I have an extra day, I might as well make these tomorrow. They look delish!

  22. Sounds like the perfect shrimp recipe!

  23. These look delishious! I’ll have to pick up a couple ingrediance (tequila and triple sec) but def going to make these! I may wait till summer so I can do them on the grill tho 😉

  24. Shrimp with a kick, this looks absolutely delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  25. Well it looks like you picked a great way to celebrate Margarita Day! The shrimp looks divine!

  26. I seriously wish I had an entire plate of these right now! Your photos truly made me hungry. I.also love that you used cilantro. Mmmmmm, Margarita shrimp!!!

  27. Ooooh, Lizzy, we love margaritas….. and with prawns, yum!!!

  28. I had no idea there was a Margarita Day, will have to have one tomorrow.:) Your shrimp look amazing Liz!

  29. Well, I didn’t know about Margarita Day, until I read your post! And it is MY favorite cocktail. 🙂
    We have a local restaurant that makes an awesome margarita – we go there more for the drinks than the food! So… I not only had a margarita for myself, but one for you as well! I figured after my 67 mile bike ride, I deserved at least one, if not three (OK, one for Bill too!) on this special day. I hope Bill is recovering comfortably.

    This shrimp dish sounds fantastic! I will definitely have to give this a try.

  30. Well this is an amazing recipe for shrimps!! One small question though… In Greece is not easy to find triple sec. Can we use cointreau instead, or any other orange flavored liqueur? Will the result be the same?

  31. I had no idea there was a Margarita Day at all…those margarita shrimp skewers look very delicious!

  32. Wow, this margarita shrimp looks gorgeous Liz! The marinade sounds amazing and the photos are stunning!

  33. Liz, I have been thinking about you and praying that your family is on the road to recovery. This has been one insane week for you. Bless you and here you are still blogging and making delicious dishes. Take Care, BAM

  34. What a great way to celebrate margaritas! So glad everyone in your house in on the mend. (And thanks for the sweet note you left on my blog. I always look forward to your amazing food posts!)

  35. This looks spectacular, Liz, something I could eat every day. It’s such a fresh, healthy dish yet I know it’s loaded with wonderful flavor. Hope Bill is recovering quickly! I know you’ll be so happy to have him home!

  36. Definitely pinning these! They look so delicious and summery and refreshing. I can’t wait to grill them this summer!!

  37. I love that you made something we can actually eat as opposed to imbibe

  38. Love quick marinades like this one – the shrimp look fantastic!!

  39. Sadly I missed the national celebration but I don’t mind catching up!

  40. What a great shrimp dish! Definitely need to be making this soon!

  41. I’ve been thinking of you, Liz. You’ve been going through so much but like the strong, incredible woman you are, you’re keeping up spirits and have a positive attitude. You’re amazing! This margarita shrimp dish is also amazing. Damn those are huge shrimp!

  42. Wowzers, now I’m hungry. You are a genius with all your cooking and baking and photography skills. You have to write your own cookbook with photos!!

  43. Brilliant! Adding this to my to-make list!

  44. Yummy! These shrimp are so delicious and tasty! My daughter and I love these! I think I’ll be making these again soon!

  45. This shrimp is perfect for a backyard cookout! The flavor reminds me of sipping my favorite cocktail by the pool!

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