Margarita Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Margarita Grilled Shrimp Skewers

The shrimp can be marinated up to 3 hours before grilling. The amount of red pepper used can be adjusted according to how hot you like it. The marinade is also great on chicken.

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  •  wedges of fresh lime, for squeezing over top of grilled shrimp
  •  chopped cilantro
  •  thin slices of fresh lime, if placing shrimp on skewers
  •  2 tsp. tequila, optional
  •  1/2 tsp. black pepper
  •  1 tsp. kosher salt
  •  1 tsp. cumin
  •  1 tsp. onion powder
  •  1 tsp. garlic powder
  •  1 tsp. chili powder
  •  1 tsp. smoked paprika
  •  1 T. brown sugar
  •  1 tsp. minced jalapeno
  •  2 large garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  •  1/3 c. olive oil
  •  1 lb. raw jumbo shrimp (16 to 20 per pound), peeled and deveined


  • Number one : Shrimp can be grilled with or without skewers. If using wood skewers, start soaking them in water.
  • Number two : Place shrimp in a wide shallow bowl and set aside.
  • Number three : In a small bowl with high sides, combine all ingredients from olive oil through black pepper. Use an immersion blender to completely process until there are no sizable pieces. Or use a food processor or blender. Pour marinade over shrimp and gently stir to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours, folding gently about halfway through.
  • Number four : Drizzle tequila over the shrimp, if desired, and gently fold to combine. If using skewers, thread shrimp onto skewers, with a folded slice of lime in between shrimp (see skewer photos in post).
  • Number five : Heat grill to medium-high. Make sure grates are clean, and then oil them well. Set shrimp on grates and grill for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or just until shrimp are no longer opaque and have some nice char. Smaller shrimp will take less time. Place shrimp on a platter and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with fresh lime wedges to squeeze over the top.