Friday July 19th 2019

Margarita Shrimp

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Rating: 3.3/5 (9 votes cast)

Recipe: Margarita Shrimp

Summary: For an elegant, easy-to-fix main course, stir-fry shrimp in tequila and lime, then serve over thinly sliced red onions.


  • 1/4 cup gold or white tequila
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 2 tablespoons each lime juice and water
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro or parsley
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 pound large shrimp (about 25 per lb.), shelled and deveined
  • About 2 teaspoons orange-flavored liqueur, or to taste (optional)
  • 2 large red onions
  • Salt
  • Cilantro sprigs
  • Lime wedges


  1. In a nonmetal bowl, mix tequila, lime peel, lime juice, water, minced cilantro, honey, and white pepper.
  2. Pour tequila mixture into a wide nonstick frying pan.
  3. Add shrimp and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until shrimp are just opaque but still moist in center; cut to test (3 to 4 minutes).
  4. With a slotted spoon, transfer shrimp to a bowl and keep warm.
  5. Bring cooking liquid to a boil over high heat; boil until reduced to 1/3 cup.
  6. Remove pan from heat; stir in liqueur, if desired.
  7. While cooking liquid is boiling, thinly slice onions.
  8. Arrange onion slices in a single layer on a rimmed platter.
  9. To serve, spoon shrimp and cooking liquid over onion slices.
  10. Season to taste with salt; garnish with cilantro sprigs and lime wedges.

Quick notes

Quick cooking keeps the shellfish tender and succulent.

Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 173 calories ( 9% calories from fat), 21 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 2g total fat (0.3 g saturated fat) , 140 mg cholesterol, 153 mg sodium.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, High protein

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: Mexican

Calories: 173

Fat: 2 g

Protein: 21 g


Margarita Shrimp, 3.3 out of 5 based on 9 ratings
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