Citrus Tequila Shrimp Skewers – Good Bite Video

by on August 3, 2010

There are few things which declare California summers like grilled shrimp and tequilla. Usually in separate moments, or side by side… Margarita anyone?!  However in an instant of lazy brilliance, we combined the twoto form an intoxicating bit of deliciousness.

Seared prawns or shrimp enveloped in a marinade of soy sauce, garlic, lime juice, and tequila, then licked by the flames of the grill, transforming them into summer afternoon perfection.

The soy sauce gives it the touch of seasoning and umami.  The brilliance of the lime, the savory of the garlic, and the nice rounded smokiness of the tequila all balance together with the sweet, firm texture of the grilled shrimp. It was one ofthose things we stumbled upon by accident and has now become one of our favorite ways to cook shrimp.  A simple night of asian bbq and margaritas married together.

When Good Bite requested an “Everyday Meal with a Twist”, this citrus tequila shrimp skewers recipe immediately came to mind. Here’s the Good Bite video featuring the Citrus Tequila Shrimp.  Hope you get a chance to try it, but don’t forget to save some tequila for the margaritas!


Citrus Tequila Shrimp

Yield: 2 Servings

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled & de-veined
  • 1 medium clove of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 t Sugar
  • 2 T  Vegetable Oil
  • 2 T Tequila
  • 1 t Soy Sauce
  • 2 t fresh Lime Juice and extra for serving
  • about 10 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 20 minutes


  1. To make the marinade: In bowl, mix garlic, sugar, oil, tequila, soy sauce and fresh lime juice.
  2. Add shrimp to bowl of mixture. Allow shrimp to marinade in sauce for about 20 minutes.
  3. Heat up your grill for direct heat grilling.
  4. Skewer about 2-3 shrimp on each bamboo skewer.
  5. Grill shrimp for about 2 minutes on each side, or until shrimp is cooked (depends on size of shrimp)
  6. Squeeze little bit of fresh lime juice over shrimp skewers right before serving.
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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 TheKitchenWitch August 3, 2010 at 4:12 am

You know that y’all had me at tequila, right? Booze on my dinner! Awesome! Seriously, these look scrumptious. And easy, which is a major bonus.


2 White on Rice Couple August 4, 2010 at 10:09 am

witch- the recipe should be adapted for you…..3x the tequila!


3 Jessica @ How Sweet August 3, 2010 at 4:40 am

Shrimp + tequila? You can’t go wrong!


4 ann west August 3, 2010 at 5:33 am

Looks wonderful, easy and delicious!



5 Kristen August 3, 2010 at 6:38 am

I have a chicken dish I do this way, but I bet shrimp is even better. Oh my!


6 alison August 3, 2010 at 7:17 am

I love this idea. I just developed a margarita steak recipe, but I love the shrimp ideas, especially during summer.


7 White on Rice Couple August 4, 2010 at 10:10 am

alison- margarita steak? let us know when you post it!


8 Cookin' Canuck August 3, 2010 at 7:25 am

That second paragraph is brilliant – what a description. This recipe just goes to show how just a few ingredients can make a really special dish.


9 bunkycooks August 3, 2010 at 7:40 am

What a great combination of flavors! I will be sure to keep out a bit of tequila for me!


10 Tokyo Terrace August 3, 2010 at 7:47 am

Beautiful dish! I love meals like this, especially during these warm summer months. It is really hot and humid in Minnesota today but I think these shrimp skewers would be perfect with a nice light salad. Great video too, by the way!


11 Maria August 3, 2010 at 8:06 am

I love the added twist!


12 Hélène August 3, 2010 at 8:26 am

Who would think that simple ingredients would turn into such a tasty treat. And with strawberry margaritas that will be a perfect apéro appetizer :)


13 Brandon August 3, 2010 at 8:42 am

I am throwing a BBQ this weekend for some friends. This is going to be a tasty addition. Thanks!



14 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets August 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm

These look so succulent and amazing. Thanks for sharing the recipe and great photography/video :).


15 Maria @ ScandiFoodie August 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Stunning presentation! And such a beautiful blog!


16 Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro August 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Anything with soy sauce and lime is a go for me. :-)

And there’s always tequila in the kitchen. Off I go…



17 White on Rice Couple August 4, 2010 at 10:08 am

kim- soy sauce and limes rock!


18 tina August 3, 2010 at 9:28 pm

amazing!! this looks very delicious!!!


19 Koek! August 4, 2010 at 4:16 am

I have never heard of prawns with tequila… Thanks! Love the presentation too.


20 catty August 4, 2010 at 7:29 am

That sounds divine!! Grilled prawn any style is great but lime and tequila? Brilliant!


21 pegasuslegend August 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I love lime on everything grilled these are a perfect addition to my list!


22 Karen Robertson August 6, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I just stumbled upon your blog today and am so impressed with how you have combined all the things I love together in one place. I was also surprised to see that you recently made the visit to Shauna and Danny. My daughter and I just did that too in early June. I can only imagine what fun you two couples must have had that day. They are special people pursuing a somewhat similar path as yours, it must have been a real treat bringing all of you together. My daughter is pursuing a career in photojournalism, I will have to share your site with her for inspiration. We live in Seattle but my brother is in Anaheim so I hope to make one of your Little Saigon tours someday or a photography workshop if you come to seattle. Please let me know if you do. You can always reach me through Shauna if you loose my name. My connection with her goes back to when she was first diagnosed with gluten intolerance and my book helped her in those early days (though we just met for the first time). Thank you for this amazing blog–what style and fun it brings!


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