Margarita Grilled Shrimp

Until recently, I’ve never been one to use marinades. Now they are one of my favourite ways to add flavour to a meal. Today’s recipe comes to us via A Farmgirl Dabbles, who has made a fabulous grilled shrimp recipe with a margarita marinade. These skewers are loaded with flavour and charred to perfection. This is one grilled shrimp recipe that promises to be the star of your summertime grilling!


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


  1. Shrimp can be grilled with or without skewers. If using wood skewers, start soaking them in water.
  2. Place shrimp in a wide shallow bowl and set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.

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